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Ronald R. (Ron) Mueller, MBA, Ph.D.
Author of "Home Business Tax Savings, MADE EASY!"
Ron Mueller is a baby-boomer born in Sioux City, Iowa, the son of a postal worker and a bookkeeper. He left the Midwest in 1965 to accept an appointment to the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD, where he earned a Bachelors Degree with dual majors in Psychology and Business/Personnel Management.
After serving his country on active duty as a Naval Officer, including a combat tour in Vietnam, Ron later retired from the Navy as a Captain. He later became an investigative reporter for the Atlanta Journal, and then entered the business world focusing on the fields of advertising and marketing. His many business successes included heading the Washington, DC offices of Ketchum Communications and Earle Palmer Brown Advertising, the Frankfurt, Germany office of Burson-Marsteller Marketing, plus two years as vice president of marketing communications for McDonnell Douglas Corp.
While holding these demanding positions, he was also advancing his education, earning a Masters in Communication from the University of Oklahoma, a Masters in Business Administration from The George Washington University, and a Ph. D. in Business Economics from Sacramento Regent University.
Ever since he was a young boy working as a caddy for several successful businessmen at his hometown Country Club, he heard repeatedly that real success belongs to those who are self employed. This was quite a contrast from what he had learned from his parents -- that the way to get more money is to take on a second job. Years later, in 1999, having grown weary of his corporate 12-hour workdays and exhausting 4-hour daily commutes, Ron fired his boss and hired himself.
While building a successful career out of making other people's businesses thrive, he had learned that this: "Home Business Tax Savings, MADE EASY!" So Step One in starting his own business, was to gain a thorough understanding of small-business tax laws.
Right away many friends and associates began offering Ron the 'free advice' that home-based business owners get huge tax benefits. But not one of those well-meaning 'advisors' was able to tell him what those tax benefits are, or how to qualify for them, or what records he would need to keep. So he began spending hours in bookstores, on the Internet, and even in the United States Library of Congress looking for information about those "small business tax advantages." After running into one dead-end after another, he concluded that there was no source that was complete, affordable and understandable.
Since he could find no useful resources on this subject, Ron drew on his earlier experience as an investigative reporter, and launched into doing his own research. After several months, what he had discovered was exciting. First of all, yes, small businesses can qualify for most of the same tax breaks as big businesses. Second, the potential value of those tax benefits is huge. And third, many of the largest tax breaks actually were authorized by Congress specifically to stimulate and reward the start-up and running a small/home-based business.
He was not looking for 'tax-dodges' or 'loopholes' or 'gray-areas,' so he traced every individual small-business tax break all the way back to the precise Article in the U.S. Tax Code, or the specific Congressional Tax Law, or the exact Federal Tax Court ruling that authorized it.
By now Ron's Midwestern work ethic and Christian values began "screaming" that he needed to find a way to make this information available and affordable to every one of the 25 million small-business owners who need it -especially since most were unaware of how much they needed it.
His response to that "Inner Passion" was to write a step-by-step guide that explained, in 'layman' terms, what tax breaks are available to small businesses, how to qualify for them, and how to spend only a few minutes a day keeping the necessary records. That book, which has become a bestseller, is called, ""Home Business Tax Savings, MADE EASY!" (formerly titled "It's How Much you Keep that Counts, Not How Much You Make") now in its fifth edition. When it was reviewed by the IRS, they asked for no changes.
Today Ron Mueller lives in San Diego, CA on his 60' yacht, appropriately named "Home Office." He spends full time following his passion - teaching people about tax breaks available to them, how to qualify for those deductions, how to bullet-proof their tax returns - and, thus, how to be a better steward of God's money.