Check out my latest column of the “Financial Tip of the Month” published in BIZ.Magazine’s January 2019 edition.

Date: January 14, 2019
Appearance: New tax deduction for pass-through entities
Outlet: BIZ.Magazine
Location: Shreveport, LA
Format: Magazine

Watch Out for LLC Annual Reporting Scams!

Please be aware of an LLC annual reporting scam perpetuated by a company calling itself Workplace Compliance Services (WCS). The scam attempts to collect $125 from un-suspecting LLC managers who believe they are fulfilling the Louisian Secretary of State’s (SoS) annual reporting requirement. In reality, however, Workplace Compliance Services is not affiliated with the Secretary of State (nor is […]

Wellness Programs for Small Business

A recent report from the Society for Human Resource Management found that 78% of surveyed businesses offered wellness benefits to their employees. It’s true that wellness programs are most common in large corporations, but small companies also can offer these benefits and reap the rewards. In general, wellness programs may improve worker morale and perhaps […]

This is an example of an Offering Memorandum for an investment opportunity in a commercial office building in Shreveport, Louisiana.

Overview of Small Business Retirement Plans

Below is an overview of the most common retirement plans offered by small businesses. If your company doesn’t currently sponsor a retirement plan, or if you’re not pleased with the one you have, this summary can help you see how these choices stack up. Safe Harbor 401(k)s As 401(k) plans have gained popularity, many employees […]

Tax Cuts & Jobs Act checklist for 2019

Accounting Today
December 18, 2018

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act brought about many changes for the 2019 tax return filing season. There are so many changes that there was concern about possible delays to the start of the filing season as the Internal Revenue Service works to update software, forms, instructions, and publications with restricted resources. The IRS has still expressed optimism that the filing season will start on time. The new postcard Form 1040 may look simplified at first glance, but a look at the new schedules….

Crushing It In Apartments and Commercial Real Estate (Watertown, New York: Sackets Harbor Press, 2017)

Think apartments and commercial real estate are just for the big boys?  Think Again Brian Murray was not an investment pro when he bought his first commercial property. He was a teacher looking to build some side income. Armed with his passion for business and a lot of common sense, he developed a simple yet highly effective approach to investing that he still uses today at his multimillion-dollar real estate company.

Crushing It in Apartments and Commercial Real Estate is a beginner’s guide to investing based on Murray’s experience bootstrapping his way from newbie investor to award-winning CEO of Washington Street Properties. Murray shares the secrets to his success through straightforward, actionable advice that will help you get started no matter what your experience level, or how much cash you have on hand. You’ll learn how to:

  • Find and creatively finance commercial property
  • Grow a portfolio without any help from outside investors and without taking on excessive debt
  • Use your small-investor status as a competitive advantage over corporate investors
  • Identify simple, practical ways to increase profits while keeping costs low

Murray also shares real-life stories that reveal exactly how he grew his business, and the hard lessons he learned along the way (so you don’t have to). Whether you already invest in real estate and want to go bigger, or you’ve never owned a property, this book gives you the tools and wisdom you need to crush it in apartments and commercial real estate.