Estate planning isn't a one-way street. Sometimes, you're on the receiving end of the dollars, instead of the giving end. Example: You may be in line for a hefty inheritance when a parent passes away.
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.
Q: In a recent article, you wrote about variable annuities with a guaranteed minimum withdrawal. (5/16/05 issue) Would a guaranteed minimum income benefit (GMIB) variable annuity be better? V.G.
Do you own rental property that's been producing a marginal profit or a loss the past few years? Short of raising the rent again, you're fighting an uphill battle as your expenses continue to grow.
Q: In your article on amended returns, you said I have three years to file an amended return. (5/2/05 issue) But can't I technically go back even further? C.L., Holyoke, Mass.
For many parents, the day of reckoning is right around the corner: the time when you start paying those hefty college tuition bills for your children. Even if you've been preparing for this day your entire adult life, you (and/or your child) may be forced to seek loans or other financing to pick up the slack.
Hurricane season has begun, summer brush fires have plagued the West and other parts of the country are likely to be hit by other natural disasters this summer.
Normally, you can't deduct the cost of traveling back and forth from work every day. The IRS considers this a nondeductible commuting expense. But that tax story may change if you're working at a location that's different from your regular workplace.
Q: My mother has extensive medical expenses that aren't fully covered by insurance. But the tax deduction doesn't do her much good because her income is low. Can I deduct the expenses if I pay them for her? L.L., Bangor, Maine
Q: We're confused about your item regarding a separated spouse who files as a "head of household" and claims the standard deduction (see 4/18/05 issue). You say that if the situation was "the other way around," the person would be required to itemize. Can you elaborate? P.B.S., via e-mail
The bonus-depreciation deduction was great while it lasted, but it's gone for 2005. Still, you can generate top-dollar deductions this year when buying equipment and other business assets. That's because your not-so-secret weapon—the Section 179 expensing allowance—lets you write off most or all of the cost of most business assets in the very first year of ownership! Here's the lowdown on the rules and four ways to maximize your deductions.