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?

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I gave away appreciated stock to charity to avoid tax on the gain. But now, I want to buy the same  stock again. Does this violate the wash-sale rule?   A.M.A., Lynbrook, N.Y.
I use a corporate credit card to pay business expenses, including inventory items. I’ve racked up a lot of reward points that I’ll use for both business travel and personal travel. Do these points count as taxable income? J.W.
I headed up a freelance-consulting project last year in which I subcontracted out part of the work. Now  I’ve received a 1099 for the full amount paid for the project. Do I have to pay tax on the whole amount? L.W.C., Modesto, Calif.
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A major 2004 tax-law change put some real teeth into the “constructive receipt” rules for nonqualified deferred-compensation plans. In short, it set new requirements for employees to be able to postpone federal income tax on future payments earmarked for them under deferred-comp plans.
It’s tough to qualify for a medical-expense deduction, but it’s not impossible. The law says you can deduct any unreimbursed medical and dental expenses that exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI). But don’t give up so quickly. You may be able to squeeze out a deduction this year if you incur some out-of-the ordinary costs. Here are three ways to jump the hurdle in 2006:
The IRS just released official guidance on the 2005 energy-tax law that revamps the type of tax credits you can earn for buying environmentally friendly vehicles. (IRS Notice 2006-9)
Last January, Congress voted to let businesses and taxpayers deduct donations for Asian-tsunami relief on their 2004 returns as long as they made the donation by Jan. 31, 2005.
Sadly, the bonus depreciation rules have expired. That means you’re stuck with regular depreciation deductions under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), which requires you to write off business equipment over several years. Don’t despair. You still have the Section 179 deduction privilege on your side. And, when used correctly, this not-so-secret tax weapon can help you rescue big current-year write-offs … at least for now.
You can’t generally deduct the cost of commuting back and forth between your home and work; that’s treated as a nondeductible personal expense. But with a bit of creativity, you can still claim generous tax deductions for certain types of local driving. Here are three ways to squeeze out some extra tax-deductible mileage.