Small Business Tax Strategies

You’ve worked hard to build up a nest egg to leave to your heirs. But have you considered the possibility of an extended stay at a nursing home?

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Most states allow you to take a tax deduction or credit for buying long-term care insurance. Here’s a breakdown of those tax breaks, according to an AARP analysis.

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If you own a second home in a resort area and you’re using the place less often than before, why not turn that beach cottage or mountain cabin into a revenue producer by renting it out? This can turn out to be a tax-efficient strategy.

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The answer to the age-old question above depends on many factors, not just taxes. But now that first-year bonus depreciation deductions are a thing of the past (they expired after 2004), the pendulum has swung in a new direction.

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Thanks to a new law passed last year, you can take a lifetime tax credit up to $500 for the cost of energy-efficient improvements to your home. The key word is credit, which is a dollar-for-dollar reduction of your tax bill—much better than a simple deduction.

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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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