Small Business Tax Strategies

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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Strategy: Schedule your meals to coincide with business meetings. If you follow the tax rules carefully, you can convert some nondeductible meal expenses into deductible ones.

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If you travel extensively on business, you know the drill: Airlines may
offer lower rates if you stay over a Saturday night. The discount is
usually worth it if you’re wrapping up business on Friday.

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Q I plan to leave my organs to be used
for research at a hospital. Can I deduct this gift as a current
charitable donation or, at the very least, a gift at death? P.P., San
Antonio

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Q: I’m starting an Internet-based business with my brother. Since our
state of incorporation can be virtually anywhere, should we incorporate
in Delaware as our home state for income tax purposes? D.J., Boulder,
Colo.

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Q: I’m starting an Internet-based business with my brother. Since our
state of incorporation can be virtually anywhere, should we incorporate
in Delaware as our home state for income tax purposes? D.J., Boulder,
Colo.

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Q: My business shares a warehouse with
other tenants.We have five years remaining on our lease, but the
building has 14 years left to be fully depreciated. If I expand my part
of the building, do I depreciate the cost over 14 years instead of
five? B.B., Cleveland

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Want to change your accounting method or need an IRS ruling about your
employee retirement plan?

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If the 100 percent federal employment tax penalty  doesn’t strike fear in the hearts of small business  owners, it
should.

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I’m starting an Internet-based business with my  brother. Since our state of incorporation can be virtually  anywhere, should we incorporate in Delaware as  our home state for income tax purposes? D.J., Boulder,  Colo. 

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