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Small Business Tax Strategies

The IRS wants tax pros to know they can earn Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits online through seminars filmed at the 2012 IRS Nationwide Tax Forums.

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Q. Are political donations deductible? I keep getting different answers on this.

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IRS agents must stop an interview if you ask to consult with a representative. But a new report from the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) points out problems in this area.

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If your company has handed out severance packages in recent years, of course it has deposited with the Feds all the requisite federal employment taxes on the severance payments. Strategy: File a “protective claim” to preserve your potential right to a federal employment tax refund for open tax years.

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Have you lost money in an illegal investment scheme? Strategy: When it’s appropriate, claim an investment theft loss for your troubles.

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Q. Did the new health care law eliminate COBRA and, if so, when does this take effect?

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Here are the key tax-filing deadlines for 2013. If you operate on a fiscal-year schedule for tax purposes, rather than the usual calendar-year schedule, your due dates for each quarter will line up differently.

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Are you sitting on a veritable gold mine in stocks or real estate? Or maybe you’re planning to sell your business interest for a tidy sum. Strategy: Set up a charitable re­­main­­der trust (CRT). Not only do you slash your family tax bill, you reward a deserving charity.

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The Social Security Administration a­n­­nounced its annual cost-of-living adjustments for 2013. There’s some good news for retirees, some bad news for both employers and some em­­ployees, and some worse news for all workers. Here’s a quick rundown of the key changes.

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The IRS refuses to throw in the towel on a 2012 case involving transfers to a family limited partnership (FLP). The agency has announced a formal nonacquiescence to the Wandry decision.

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