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About the Author

C.W. Allen, Financial Strategist, Author and Lecturer. As Founder of Sage International, Inc., a financial education company based in Reno, Nevada he was devoted to teaching entrepreneurs how to maximize the tax code to slash their taxes and what you must do if you want to achieve true Financial Freedom. Cheri S. Hill, President and CEO (Chief Empowerment Officer!) of Sage International, Inc. is creator of the educational series: After the Inc. Dries...®; and host of the highly acclaimed, SageAdvisers® Teleseminar Series. She is a much sought after public speaker due to her wonderful ability to simplify the intricate aspects of incorporating. For over 15 years, Cheri has taught thousands of entrepreneurs, sole-proprietors, investors and professionals how to properly structure their business and personal assets to safely grow, protect and leverage their hard-earned wealth. Diane Kennedy, CPA established a reputation by devoting her practice to helping small business learn the secrets that big businesses know. As an owner, investor and real estate developer, Diane practices daily in her personal and business life what she gives to her clients and shares throughout this book.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 331 pages
  • Publisher: Sage International, Inc.; 3rd edition (May 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967187109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967187105
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190,953 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Diane Kennedy is a CPA, Tax Strategist, Business Owner, Investor and most importantly an Educator. As the author and co-author of 8 books, she discloses the wealth-building, tax-saving strategies that her rich clients use.

She is a past recipient of the Blue Chip Enterprise Award for the small business showing the most entrepreneurial spirit in Nevada, has been invited to the White House for round tables on small business financial issues and provided guidance to one of the first joint ventures from the People's Republic of China. Her testimony was included as part of the guidelines still in force in Beijing for government approved joint ventures.

She and her husband Richard divide their time between Reno, Nevada and their beach-front home in Baja California. She actively supports a number of charities with money and volunteer time including a dog rescue for street dogs in Mexico and several Mexican orphanages. She loves to garden, cook, fish and drink good anejo tequila.

You can find Diane and daily tax tips at and

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749 of 765 people found the following review helpful By Faithful FL Reader on August 17, 2000
Format: Paperback
Some of C.W.Allen's information is correct but some was flat wrong. I read the book at author, Robert Kiyosaki's recommendation (Rich Dad, Poor Dad) and because some of what RK implied was offbase about having your corporation pay for your car, house, etc. As a CPA and twenty year veteran of the tax profession, I was curious to read his authority. Some glaring problems: You cannot hire your kids in your corporation and write off their education. The tax statutes are very specific about greater than 10% owners and their closely related family not being eligible. There are several other items like this that contradict Allen's info. Another dislikable characteristic of the book is that it has several sections entirely written by different authors who very clearly did not review each other's material. Several times they covered the same subject with different detail. How can you buy a book that you can't trust?
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372 of 378 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Robbins Swack on August 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
After carefully reading the other reviews, I ordered this book with mixed expectations. Granted, there were some useful tips that I gleaned; advantages of different corporations, interesting case studies, specific write-offs.
But still, the book is lacking. I learned of this book from "Rich Dad, Poor Dad" so I expected some powerful insight. Why do I think the book falls short? Well, I checked the web site of Sage International, and a lot of the informatin in the book you can get for FREE on the site. Which then lead me to believe that the book was just Sage's promotional material. I began to question the book's objectivity when they recommended Sage several times, and also Kiyosaki's books and products. Cross promotion is fine, but I began to wonder if Kiyosaki isn't a shareholder in Sage. I'm all for capitalism, but I'd like objectivity. Also, the book is very poorly organized. It tells you why you should incorporate, and then gives good specific tax saving examples, and then later tells why you should incorporate again! Information is repeated and repeated. Many pages are filled with a recap of what was covered one page before. It seemed like they took meeting notes and made it a book. I won't even mention the typos. If I made a typo on my tax return, I couldn't get away with it. And I'm supposed to be trusting the information in this book to lead me to financial safety? I wonder. I'll take them up on their advice on double checking with local experts!
However, if you don't know much about the different sorts of businesses. This is a good place to start. It is a quick read, and easy to follow. And there are many good examples. Maybe I was just expecting too much.
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160 of 166 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 13, 2000
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book after reading the recommendation in "Rich Dad, Poor Dad," and I was terribly disapointed when it arrived. "Inc. & Grow Rich" is the most disorganized book I've ever seen. It's as if the authors just pasted together a series of unrelated presentations -- leaving it to the reader to decipher the important points. I did pick up a couple of new ideas, which is the only reason I didn't rate the book lower. However, I'm now going to have to do some research on my own to find out how to implement them, since the book was too sketchy. To sum it up: save your fifty bucks for something better!
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106 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin German on April 17, 2001
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This book gave me good insight into the world of business, specifically regarding its structure. I've realized that the structure of a business can really impact how much money you make.
The authors give good information. I specifically like the fact that they didn't analyze the entire corporate legal system, but mentioned some laws that are very important to know about (they save you money, and they keep you out of trouble with the IRS). They talk about everything from the different types of bankruptcy codes to the very popular Nevada corporations. Also, they cite the specific part of the tax code that they got their information from, so you can investigate the authors credibility if you wish.
There are many different laws that are mentioned within the book that are both interesting and useful to know when starting a business. For example, if you have a corporation, did you know you can only write off the purchase of a car if it costs less than $15,300 and has a gross vehicle weight above...yes, that's ABOVE...6,000 lbs? (If it were less, you might try and buy a sports car!) Did you know that if you start a business from your home, everything you currently own and use for the corporation (tables, computers, chairs, etc.) can be considered a donation to the corporation, resulting in a write off on your individual tax return? You can even write off your rent if you operate from there!
More questions of this type are answered throughout the book, as well as, obviously, the different types of corporations that can be formed (LLC, C Corporations, S Corporations, etc.), and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
The disadvantages: I had some trouble following the books format. The order in which things were presented was a little questionable.
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99 of 104 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 7, 2000
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This book changed my life considerably. While not a complete treaty on the subjects (not a single book can address the 12,000 pages US tax code, associated case law, financial planing, accounting, liability protection, etc.); it presents in a nutshell, key questions that the business owner should ask his/her advisors. Its language is easy to understand and the examples easy to follow. The grouping of themes by discipline helps to understand better the subjects on an individual basis. Unfortunately, that also makes the book, as a whole, appear a little bit confusing.
Overall, the book is insightful and instructive. The only weakness I found was its strong bias toward C corporations. After following up on the subject of different type of corporations, I found out why. But I still believe that the book should have included a more detailed explanation of the differences between C , S and LLC corporations on the subject of deductions, specially regarding the owners. They are substantial; and with most advisors recommending their clients to go with S or LLC corporations (probably because of the way they are taxed), this lack of better comparison could make the book appear as misleading or worse, plain wrong. Nevertheless, Kudos to C.W. Allen and his team for a bold talk on the scary subject of paying the least amount of taxes possible.
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