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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 39 articles for The BiggerPockets Blog.


General Real Estate

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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General Real Estate

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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General Real Estate

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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General Real Estate

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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General Real Estate

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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Taxes

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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General Real Estate

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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Real Estate Tips

The New Rules Of The IRA Rollover: How To Protect Your Money From The Taxman’s Penalties

by Amanda Han May 22, 2014
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Why keep your money in the stock market with assets that you have no control over? If you can think of a good reason to do that then please, let me know. My philosophy has always been that diversification may not always be a good thing. For example, if you know your local real estate […]

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Real Estate

What Shark Tank Can Teach You About Real Estate

by Amanda Han May 15, 2014
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I don’t know about you but one of my favorite shows on TV for the past several years has been none other than ABC’s Shark Tank. Now I know you may be surprised why my favorite show is not a real estate show like Flip or flop or Flipping San Diego. Don’t get me wrong, […]

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Taxes

The Top 10 Bookkeeping Mistakes Real Estate Investors Can’t Afford to Make

by Amanda Han May 8, 2014
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Hi everyone! As a real estate investor, more than likely your time is very limited therefore you have to be very wise on exactly how you spend your time. With everything your have on your plate, bookkeeping is not a likely contender to be anywhere near the first page of your long list. This is common […]

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General Real Estate

Beware of this Scam from the “IRS”

by Amanda Han May 1, 2014
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Today I wanted to share a very important story with you that we just encountered at our office. Yesterday we received a call from our client Julie. She was in full panic mode as a result of a phone conversation with the “IRS” and we couldn’t blame her. Late Friday afternoon the phone rang and […]

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General Real Estate

The Good and Bad Ways to Spend Your Tax Refunds

by Amanda Han April 24, 2014
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A tax refund can be a sweet reward to working hard all year, or so the IRS would like you to think. The sad truth is that if you are receiving a large refund year after year then you have been giving Uncle Sam a tax-free loan. Rather than continuing to do that, make sure […]

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Taxes

7 Common Tax Mistakes of New Real Estate Investors

by Amanda Han April 17, 2014
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Over the years, I have come across thousands of real estate owners and small business owners across the U.S. and have unfortunately witnessed many mistakes that are costing thousands of dollars in over paid taxes. What a shame that so much money just going to waste and in Uncle Sam’s pocket! Let’s take some time […]

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Real Estate

Bookkeeping Tips to Help Investors Stay on Track During Tax Season

by Amanda Han April 10, 2014
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You are trying to refinance and your bank is requesting all sorts of financial documents…and at the same time your CPA is also asking for more financial information so they can complete your tax returns. Does this sound familiar? As real estate investors we know this scenario all too well.  This is a time to […]

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Real Estate

When it Comes to Your REI Taxes: Does Crime Pay?

by Amanda Han April 3, 2014
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I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by real estate expert Bruce Norris for his radio show recently and I have to admit, I was a nervous wreck.  To make things worse, one of his opening questions to me was “Amanda, does crime pay?” At first I did not understand exactly what his question was […]

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