Small Business Tax

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With just a few short weeks before the due date for filing personal returns, you may be starting to panic. But you can buy extra time by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, by April 15. This automatically entitles you to file your federal tax return as late as Oct. 15, 2010—no questions asked!
With just a few short weeks before the due date for filing personal returns, you may be starting to panic. But you can buy extra time by filing Form 4868, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File U.S. Individual Income Tax Return, by April 15. This automatically entitles you to file your federal tax return as late as Oct. 15, 2010—no questions asked!

President Obama’s 2011 budget plan calls for the U.S. Department of Labor to hire 100 new enforcement personnel and gain $25 million in new funding to target employers that misclassify workers as independent contractors (ICs). This comes on the heels of a huge IRS audit program starting last month that randomly selects 6,000 employers for audits over IC and other employment tax issues. Here's a three-factor guideline on how to classify employee or Independent Contractor based off the IRS checklist:

With the unemployment rate still holding stubbornly near 10%, Congress this month approved a new $18 billion bill that offers tax breaks to employers who add certain new employees to the payroll. President Obama signed it on March 18.

Don’t be in a rush to mail or e-file your 2009 tax return. Your haste can come back to haunt you in the form of penalties, interest and missed tax-saving opportunities. According to the tax pros, here are 10 common mistakes that plague individual filers:

Q. I’m self-employed and my wife works part time. Do we claim the Making Work Pay credit on our 2009 return?

The tax law may protect an “innocent spouse” from joint and several tax liability if numerous requirements are met. For instance, the understatement of tax must be due to errors or omissions by your spouse, and you must establish that you did not know—or had no reason to know—that there was an understatement of tax. However, as a new case shows, there are limits to the relief afforded to so-called innocent spouses.

The new Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act includes a provision to extend the enhanced Section 179 deduction for another year. Without the extension, the maximum Section 179 deduction would drop from $250,000 for 2009 to $134,000 this year.

A new federal law bolsters charitable donations for emergency aid and rebuilding efforts in Haiti. You can deduct donations made this year, as long as they were made before March 1, 2010, on your 2009 return instead of waiting to deduct them on your 2010 return.

On March 2, President Obama signed stopgap legislation extending eligibility under the COBRA subsidy program for an extra month. The 65% subsidy now covers qualified workers “involuntarily terminated” from their jobs through March 31, 2010.
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