The IRS just updated its per-diem rates for business travelers. After inching up by just a few dollars the past few years, the new rates reflect double-digit increases for both "high" and "low" areas. (IRS revenue procedure 2005-67)
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.
Estimated-tax penalties are equivalent to the interest you'd pay on tax underpayments.
As a small business owner, your company's 401(k) plan is one of the best deals around. You can salt away part of your salary tax-free within generous limits, while the company matches all or part of your deferral.
If you're one of the big wheels at your company, you may be in line to receive either qualified or nonqualified stock options. Qualified options (also known as "incentive stock options") have a tax edge.
If you own a vacation home or a boat, you may not be using it as much now that the summer is over.
Suppose a regular customer is experiencing economic difficulties. You've let that customer slide on several invoices, but now you're concerned you may never be paid. Should you aggressively pursue collection efforts or continue to gently remind the customer about the unpaid bills?
Q: I took out loans for college and grad school several years ago that I'm still paying off. My accountant says the interest isn't deductible in my situation. Is that true? L.G., New York
Suppose you're staring down the barrel of a big estimated-tax payment coming due this year. You can lower that payment and avoid a penalty. How? If you can't bring Mohammed to the mountain, bring the mountain to Mohammed.
Q: I expect to receive a settlement from a securities firm relating to my IRA investments. Can I transfer the funds back into my IRA? K.H., Montclair, N.J.
Q: You recently said that miscellaneous itemized deductions include gambling losses. (See 10/17/05 issue.) But isn't that true only if the losses exceed the winnings? R.B.