Q. My son is in the military. Can he deduct upkeep for uniforms? J.M., Tucson, Ariz.
Do you find yourself often burning the midnight oil at the office? It takes long hours and hard work to make a business a success. At least you can salvage some tax fruits from your labor. Here are three common options.
Q. In your recent article on Section 529 plans, you mention state income tax on distributions. But don’t state taxes also affect contributions? A.C., via email
A taxpayer can claim deductions for bad debts that can’t be collected and become worthless. But the IRS often regards such deductions with a healthy dose of skepticism when transactions involve related parties, such as a purported loan from a business owner to his or her corporation. This type of arrangement proved to be the undoing of a taxpayer in a new Tax Court decision.
After months of silence in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the IRS has finally issued definitive guidance on the issue.
Business is booming and you’re as busy as ever. However, you may suddenly find yourself short-staffed in the office. In the past, you may have asked your kids to pitch in, but now they’re back at school or out on their own. Strategy: Hire your spouse to help out.
Suppose you’ve carried forward a short-term capital loss from securities sales in prior years. Now you’re poised to sell stock at a sizable long-term capital gain. Think twice. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, postpone the sale or realize a short-term gain instead.
The tax law limits deductions for travel and entertainment (T&E) expenses, including meals. But if an arrangement involves a third party—say, a leasing company—who does the limit apply to?
Due to a little-noticed provision, employers in many states may not be able to claim the maximum amount of state unemployment credits to offset 2013 liability for federal unemployment tax (FUTA).
Environmental cleanup costs generally must be capitalized, which means that there’s no current write-off. Strategy: Claim a current deduction for the cost of removing mold from a business building. The IRS differentiated a situation involving mold removal in a private letter ruling back in 2006.