Did you buy a place in the country in the days before suburban sprawl? If so, you can nail down a tax deduction this year simply by agreeing to preserve the land in its pristine state.
Small Business Tax
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Why bother tracking your medical expenses? Tax rules say you can start deducting unreimbursed medical expenses only after they exceed 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income (AGI). So if your AGI is $100,000 this year, you'd need to fork over $7,500 of your own cash before you can deduct one single nickel.
Q: My company is being investigated for making illegal kickbacks. (I wasn't involved in the allegations.) If we are found guilty, are the payments at least tax deductible? No name, via e-mail
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Q: I just started a new business where I work from home. For business travel, I'm using a car I bought in 2001 for $32,000. Can I deduct depreciation based on the original cost? D.J., Spring Valley, N.Y.
Q: I still do some work as a consultant, but I must start taking distributions from my IRA before April 1 of next year. If I convert to a Roth IRA this year, can I avoid taking the distribution (and the resulting tax)? R.A., Duluth, Minn.
Q: We took out a $320,000 mortgage to buy our home several years ago. We recently used inheritance money to pay off the $220,000 balance on the mortgage. Our house is now worth around $700,000. If we take out a new mortgage for $400,000, can we deduct all of the mortgage interest we'd pay? L.M.S., Montvale, N.J.
The Senate approved a long-stalled bill on May 11 that would end a trade dispute with Europe and shower U.S. corporations with several new tax breaks, including reduced income taxes for manufacturers.
Q: I am the 50 percent owner of an S corporation. Can I deduct company-paid health insurance premiums on my personal return without forfeiting the expense due to the reduction in itemized deductions? J.L., via e-mail
Yes, the new 15 percent top rate on capital gains is good news for real estate investors. But if you sell investment property, your actual tax bill can be much higher than 15 percent of your gains, due to earlier depreciation deductions. (Gains from prior depreciation write-offs are taxed at a 25 percent maximum federal rate.)