Small Business Tax

Section 179 vehicles should be a key part of your small business tax deduction strategies. Can Section 179 property fit in with your business tax strategies?

Let Business Management Daily help you get each and every rental property depreciation credit and business tax deduction you’re entitled to.

Are you sitting on a potential small fortune in stocks or real estate? Or maybe you own a business interest that you’re planning to sell at a tidy sum. You’ll have to pay the tax piper one way or another through income tax, estate tax or gift tax … or some combination of all three.
Despite some huffing and puffing last year, Congress made no major changes in the federal estate-tax law. For now, the law remains the same, but it still includes important changes for 2006.
For the first time, U.S. businesses will be able to write off expenses related to “qualified domestic production activities.” The so-called “manufacturing deduction” (or Sect. 199 deduction) is available even to many companies that wouldn’t normally consider themselves “manufacturers,” maybe even yours.

If you own a vacation home or a boat, you may not be using it as much now that the summer is over.

Suppose a regular customer is experiencing economic difficulties. You've let that customer slide on several invoices, but now you're concerned you may never be paid. Should you aggressively pursue collection efforts or continue to gently remind the customer about the unpaid bills?

Q: I took out loans for college and grad school several years ago that I'm still paying off. My accountant says the interest isn't deductible in my situation. Is that true? L.G., New York

Suppose you're staring down the barrel of a big estimated-tax payment coming due this year. You can lower that payment and avoid a penalty. How? If you can't bring Mohammed to the mountain, bring the mountain to Mohammed.

Q: I expect to receive a settlement from a securities firm relating to my IRA investments. Can I transfer the funds back into my IRA? K.H., Montclair, N.J.

Q: You recently said that miscellaneous itemized deductions include gambling losses. (See 10/17/05 issue.) But isn't that true only if the losses exceed the winnings? R.B.