Small Business Tax Strategies

Don’t close the books on the 2005 tax year just yet. Higher-income families who filed for an extension on their individual returns may still be able to slip through a newly discovered, unintended tax loophole to trim even more taxes.

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Will a grandson be taxed for income earned from an account set up by grandparents who do not claim him as a dependent?

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Qualifying for the new manufacturing deduction.

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Income averaging or IRA?

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Customer-service workers are the face of your company, and they’re especially vital at smaller businesses. So, don’t just rely on a résumé and a good first impression to choose such employees.

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If you’ve answered the 20 questions (see box, page 5) and you’re still unsure whether a worker is an employee or independent contractor, you can ask the IRS to make the call.

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The U.S. Tax Court continues to be cold as ice to U.S. citizens working in Antarctica.

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Wondering about restrictions on claiming tax deductions for work performed by foreigners?

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These 20 questions aren’t a game to trifle with. This list, designed to help you determine a worker’s classification, has evolved from various court cases and IRS rulings over the years.

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Are you—or one of your family or friends—being shipped overseas for jobrelated reasons? It’s important to know that income earned while working abroad is still subject to U.S. income tax.

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