Small Business Tax Strategies

Used judiciously, instant messaging (IM) allows your business to cut down on long distance charges, conduct real-time interaction with clients, and host chats and conferences with vendors. But used without guidelines, it can hamper productivity, embarrass you and even jeopardize your company’s trade secrets.

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Seventy-seven percent of small businesses aren’t prepared for a natural disaster, and 84 percent don’t worry about being the victim of one within the next 12 months, a recent survey by MasterCard International indicates.

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Some of the key provisions in the new tax law signed by the president last month won’t take effect for years to come. But that doesn’t mean you should sit on your hands in the meantime.

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The new tax law includes several other changes that haven’t received much attention.

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Sorry, but you can’t take a summer vacation from tax planning. Take your eye off the ball midway through the year, and you could miss out on valuable tax deductions and credits ripe for picking. Here are 11 summertime tax moves that could make you smile come tax-return time.

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The usual Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) is equal to 40 percent of the first $6,000 in wages paid to a qualified worker during the year. It’s a year-round proposition.

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Be prepared to pay a hefty surtax on Medicare Part B premiums. As opposed to Part A, which covers hospitalization, participation in the Part B program for doctor bills is voluntary. But you certainly didn’t volunteer for a tax hike!

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In addition to the Roth IRA and kiddie-tax changes described above, here are other key provisions of the new tax law passed last month:

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Sorry, but you can’t take a summer vacation from tax planning. Take your eye off the ball midway through the year, and you could miss out on valuable tax deductions and credits ripe for picking.

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How can you save for retirement while you’re operating your own business? At one time, small business owners were often left out in the cold. But saving for retirement isn’t just for the “big boys,” anymore.

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