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Archive of Amanda Han

Amanda Han of Keystone CPA is a tax strategist who specializes in creating cutting-edge tax saving strategies for real estate investors. As real estate investors herself, Amanda has an in-depth understanding of the various aspects of investing including taxation, self-directed investing, entity structuring, and money-raising.

Amanda has written 47 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

Your Complete Guide to the Real Estate Professional Tax Loophole

by Amanda Han September 25, 2014
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If you are an investor (which of course you are; otherwise, you would probably not be here on BiggerPockets), you may have already heard of the wonderful tax benefits of being a real estate professional. If you haven’t heard, here is a quick snapshot. Tax Perks for Real Estate Professionals For taxpayers who invest in […]

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Personal Finance*

3 Reasons You Should LOVE the Home Office Tax Deduction

by Amanda Han September 18, 2014
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One of my favorite tax perks available to real estate investors is the home office deduction. Let’s face it, the home office deduction is generally not going to reduce your tax bill down to zero. However, it can still provide you with quite a bit of tax savings if used correctly. 3 Reasons I Love the […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

Yes, You CAN Write Off Your Depreciation: Here’s How

by Amanda Han September 11, 2014
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Let me be upfront by saying that this is not my typical blog. In this week’s blog, I wanted to get something off my chest once and for all because I am sick and tired of talking to people who have been given wrong information. Now, if you are someone who already owns a handful […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

What Can I Deduct? The Answer That Will Save You on Real Estate Taxes

by Amanda Han September 4, 2014
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I have never met anyone who tells me “Amanda, I think I should be paying more taxes.” Let’s face it, we all feel that we overpay in our taxes. Most people not only feel they have been overpaying in their taxes, but they feel helpless in not knowing what can be done to change the […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

When Are Tax Return Required for Legal Entities? The Answer May Surprise You

by Amanda Han August 28, 2014
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I was in a meeting with a new client yesterday doing some proactive planning. This particular investor had just graduated college a little over a year ago and he and his friend decided to get into the flipping business. Although the first year was not a very good one for them, in year two they […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

Strategy to Take Out Cash in a 1031 Exchange –Tax Free!

by Amanda Han August 21, 2014
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Dan is a new client that I started working with just a few months ago. He is an old timer in the real estate business and in fact Dan has owned most of his real estate for over 20 years. Almost all of his properties were single family rentals and many of which he bought […]

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Landlording and Rental Property Investing*

Pitfalls and Planning Opportunities When Moving Into Your Rentals

by Amanda Han August 14, 2014
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I always find it interesting that our tax world keeps getting more and more convoluted.  In fact I was just reading on Forbes Magazine that since 2001 Congress has made nearly 5,000 changes to the Tax Code. To make things worse, not only are the changes more frequent but the tax rules are also getting […]

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Personal Finance*

4 Depreciation Tax Mistakes Investors Need to Avoid

by Amanda Han July 31, 2014
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If you are someone who invests in long term rentals, you probably already know how depreciation can be your best friend when it comes to paying less taxes. What you may not know is that as investors, we can also make some pretty big mistakes when it comes to taking depreciation for our real estate. […]

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Real Estate Investing Basics*

8 Pieces of Advice Newbies Can’t Afford to Ignore

by Amanda Han July 24, 2014
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I met a client last week who told me something that really touched my heart. He said “Amanda, looking back on the last 5 years of investing in real estate I realized that I have made so many mistakes along the way that were so costly. Does that happen to everyone and what could I […]

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Flipping Houses & Rehabbing*

The Truth about Taxes and Your Fix and Flip Business

by Amanda Han July 10, 2014
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During the past few months I have seen quite a few blogs, posts, and comments about how taxes are assessed on fix and flip properties. There seems to be a lot of confusion and conflicting information so I wanted to use my blog this week to focus on some of the basics of how fix […]

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Personal Finance*

Which Came First in Real Estate – The Chicken, or the Egg?

by Amanda Han June 26, 2014
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In working with real estate investors all over the US, I would have to say that one of the most common hurdles that many new investors face is probably a lack of money. How many times have you met a new investor who tells you that they have the most amazing deal and the only […]

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Flipping Houses & Rehabbing*

What Every Investor Needs To Know About Flipping Houses (That No One EVER Talks About)

by Amanda Han June 18, 2014
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If you flip houses then you are more than likely all too familiar with the process. First you have to find and buy the home you think has the most potential, then renovate it, and finally put it up for sale. The primary goal of flipping real estate is to purchase, renovate and sell the […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

The Run-Down of Gifting Real Estate – is it a Good Idea?

by Amanda Han June 12, 2014
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It Depends. Whether or not a gift is tax deductible generally depends on who the recipient is. For example, if you wanted to gift one of your rental properties to your kids, that is not a tax deduction to you. Gifting a property to a family member is generally just a way to transfer an […]

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Investor Financing and Creative Real Estate Strategies*

5 Strategies to Make Your Summer Vacation a Real Estate Tax Write-Off

by Amanda Han June 5, 2014
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As an investor, I love looking at houses where-ever I go. In fact, I am probably like most investors that always have real estate on the mind. Whether traveling to look for properties or managing properties while on the road, a portion of all of my travel trips undoubtedly involve some sort of “work” related […]

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Investor Stories and Lessons*

The 4 Signs Of The Real Estate Con Man (And How To Avoid Him Like The Disease That He Is)

by Amanda Han May 29, 2014
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We all know there are bad people in the world. Whether its bad people conning you by pretending to be the IRS, pretending to be a fake charity, or pretending you just won the sweepstakes. But what about people conning your money out of real estate deals? Well, as a CPA unfortunately I see this […]

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