Dave Lukas Chats with Wes Matejka
23: Cracking the Wealth Code; It's Never too Good to Be True with Wes Matejka
In this episode, Dave is excited to welcome author of "Half – The Ultimate Guide to Cutting Your Taxes by up to 50% Guaranteed" and founder of Tax Vantage Consulting, Wes Matejka!
Wes has a diverse career in the he started out in radio and at one point was radio executive of the year, but he had a passion for helping people in a larger way. He founded Tax Vantage Consulting as a way to do this. TaxVantage™ Consulting works with those who have high incomes and their existing CPAs to cut their income taxes by tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars. They do this by selling large assets to defer any Capital Gains taxes for 30 years – a really interesting concept. They focus 100% on reducing taxes using their proprietary TrueTax™ Process and then provide a CPA with what a client needs to file their tax return.
It works. Tax Vantage counts some of the most successful entrepreneurs and Hollywood A-listers as their clients. Through it all, Wes has not lost his passion for helping others. In fact, he says one of his greatest accomplishments is that he has not only helped clients save literally millions of dollars in taxes, but also helped to create thousands of acres of permanent green space around the country through conservation efforts.
Email Wes: Wes@taxvantageconsulting.com
Half: The Ultimate Guide to Cutting Your Taxes Up to 50% Guaranteed
Wes has a unique story. He spent over 25 years in the radio and music industry. Working his way through college included a gig doing standup comedy which led to doing some voice work for radio and ultimately got him his start in the radio business. As the industry changed and got to be more corporate and lose the small entrepreneur owner mentality, he lost his passion and decide it was time to do something else.
The only challenge was that he decided to make this change at the peak of the recession and was not sure what he was going to do. How did he do it? He prayed about it and stayed open to opportunity, whatever it may be, and the opportunity to work with business owners to help lower their tax burden came along and he took the opportunity. He learned and grew in the space and was eventually able to go on his own and start Tax Vantage Consulting.
Wes talks about transition and figuring out what you want if you are going to make a big change or switch careers. Part of it is being open as discussed above, but really being clear on what you are passionate about is the other. He discussed how we started Tax Vantage and the passion that drove him to do so.
At the 8 min mark, Wes talks about the process and the strategies that they use that many CPA’s don’t know about or have not heard of. The interesting thing is that the items Wes and his team find for a client are concrete because they are simply from the tax code and typically buried deep in the thousands for rules and pages of credits and deductions available. He talks about the difference between deductions and credits and why credits are the better.
He also talks about how the tax code is there to incentivize business owners and entrepreneurs and gives simple, common sense reasons why.
He talks about how a lot of the tax strategies they use are geared toward higher income earners ($500,000/year +) because of the way the laws are written, but offers up some tax strategies that even people making under that amount can utilizes. One he talks in depth about is R&D tax credits and gives examples of them being able to be used by everyone from landscapers to electricians and everyone in between. The rule is that if you are doing “research and development to be able to bring your product to the marketplace” – which most companies regardless of size are, then you can use these tax credits.
Wes gives a great example of how his group was able to save a client over $1.2 million just for finding the R&D credit and going back the 3 years available to recapture it.
At the 18 min mark, Wes talks about his favorite strategy which is how to differ capital gains by up to 30 years. He tells two great stories of this. One of a business owner and one of a Hollywood A-lister.
At 23 min mark, Dave asks Wes if this is too good to be true and his answer is one that everyone should hear. As he says, things are not too good to be true just because you’ve never heard of them.
Wes give some pretty interesting stats:
Wes’s advice for those that are not high net worth, but working their way toward it as follows:
Wes makes a very interesting distinction when he says, “Your CPA’s job is not to reduce your taxes. There is job is tax preparation, not necessarily tax reduction.”
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