First came the 401(k), which, in just a quarter-century, became the most popular retirement plan of all time. Then, Roth IRAs were born in 1998, allowing millions of Americans to build up retirement nest eggs that they could tap into tax-free.
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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Question: I am 62, married and plan to retire in June. I know that I can start collecting 80 percent of my Social Security benefits this year, but I'll also be taxed on those benefits. Should I hold off collecting benefits until I reach 65 or later to avoid the tax? Or should I start taking benefits now because of the new Social Security proposals? (I'm in the 28 percent tax bracket.) – J.H., Columbus, Ohio
Uncle Sam wants your tax money ... now. So, if you aren't sending the IRS enough money in your quarterly tax installments, you may need to pay an extra interest-rate penalty.
Q: We run our business as an LLC (a husband and wife partnership) and have a SIMPLE retirement plan. The company deducts the contributions it matches for employees. Can it also deduct the matches for my husband and me? L.J.S.
Most people think of life insurance strictly as income replacement for their family if they suddenly die. But if you no longer need that big life insurance policy and you're looking for a big write-off this year, consider this strategy
Q: In a recent issue, you said that both engineering and architectural services qualify as "manufacturers" for purposes of the new manufacturing deduction (see 3/21/05 issue). Can you tell me if a laboratory that does tests (for physicians) created from raw materials qualifies for the deduction as this type of service? J.V.M., Md.
If you're like most people, you finally put your 2004 tax return to bed a few short weeks ago. But then comes a sinking realization that you missed a tax deduction or credit opportunity on your return. Or maybe you accidentally failed to report income, miscalculated a capital gain or forgot a business deduction. Should you file an amended return or not? That is the question.
Q: We own several acres of land in a rural area. The land includes a small house that will become our principal residence. If we sell off part of the land (but hang on to the house indefinitely), can we avoid gains taxes under the home-sale-gain exclusion rules? B.M., Burlington, Vt.
Sooner or later, you may decide to sell off your S corporation and retire. If you run a family shop, you may plan to sell your stock to younger family members who are already working in the business.
Q: I'm 60 years old and have a traditional IRA with $250,000 in it. I also have a Roth IRA in its third year. Can I roll over the traditional IRA to a Roth and use $150,000 of NOLs to offset any tax that must be paid? B.W.