Small Business Tax Strategies

Q. We are paying our housekeeper to watch our children. Do we have to pay an extra nanny tax?

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Every three years, the federal Office of Child ­Support Enforcement revises the standard Income Withholding Order. All child ­support withholding orders must be issued on IWOs. The OCSE recently updated the form and instructions.

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The IRS has announced the following inflation-based adjustments for qualified retirement plans in 2015.

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Q. Are there any tax breaks for installing solar panels on a personal residence?

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The Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration has released a new report on 2014 tax filing.

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The tax rules for substantiating business travel expenses are a major hassle, but there’s a way to avoid some of the headaches. Rely on this record-keeping shortcut for lodging and meals and incidental expenses.

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It’s still unclear whether the tuition deduction, which expired after 2013, will be reinstated for 2014. But that doesn’t mean that parents can’t claim any tax benefits for children in college.

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Do you have a 401(k) or other defined contribution retirement plan at your company? Consider an approach from the days of yore.

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As the end of the year fast approaches, you might make additional gifts to charity, including donations of stock or other assets. These extra donations can reduce your 2014 tax liability.

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Q. Can I deduct the cost of a lunch with a customer if we discuss business during the meal?

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