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.

In a recent article, we discussed several ways to chop down the rising property taxes on your personal residence. (5/30/05 issue) But escalating property taxes aren't limited to homeowners. Small business owners are getting socked lately as the value of their business property has gone up, too.

Before you know it, summer will be over and another school year will be under way. In our last special report, we focused on deducting your child's education costs. But what if you are the one going back to school or enhancing your learning in conferences or seminars? As long as you make the tax grade, you can deduct the work-related education cost as a business expense. But it's easy to flunk out when you file your return. Read on to learn the rules.

Suppose you're stuck in a financial pickle and can't scrape up all the money the IRS says you owe. That doesn't mean you need to sell the house or flee the country. If the IRS agrees to a compromise, you can work out a mutually beneficial deal that allows you to pay what you can, when you can.

Q: I started my own consulting business in 2004 after I lost my corporate job. Instead of accepting my state tax refund from 2004, I chose to apply it to my state taxes for 2005. Do I owe federal income tax on that amount? N.H., Tenafly, N.J.

Issue: You're paying for time that employees aren't working because they punch each other's timecards.
Risk: Such "buddy punching" can cost companies thousands in wasted payroll dollars.
Action: Stop ...

Q: I'm retiring soon and would like to move to a low-tax state. Do you know where I can find this information? J.B., Jericho, N.Y.

Q: I know that I must pay tax when converting my regular IRA to a Roth IRA. But do I have to pay tax on the full amount if I couldn't deduct some of the past IRA contributions? V.M., Phoenix

Q: I'm 73 and have three IRAs. Due to investment losses (a long story) in one of the IRAs, I have less in the account than the 33 percent required distribution. Will I still be penalized if I don't withdraw the entire amount? L.A.S., Dearborn, Mich.

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.

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.