Small Business Tax

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Q: My wife was just laid off from her job. She was told she'd receive a package in the mail about COBRA health insurance. It's been more than a week, and it hasn't arrived. Is this breaking the law? K.B., Hillsborough, N.J.?

Size often matters in the corporate world.

 

It's bad enough that business owners worry about corporate income tax. But your company may also face alternative minimum tax (AMT) complications.

 

Investors in qualified "small business" stock held more than five years can exclude 50 percent of the sale's gain. But a 28 percent capital gains tax rate continues to apply to such sales—even after last year's reduction of the maximum capital gains rate to 15 percent. That means you'll earn just a 1 percent advantage—14 percent to 15 percent—for sales of small business stock.

Q: After my father passed away, investment property he owned was destroyed by fire. The insurance reimbursement didn't cover the actual loss. Can his estate deduct the difference? E.R., Fairfield, Calif.

Q: In a recent article, you said people must start taking IRA distributions after turning 70 1/2 (See 3/8/04 issue) Are the rules different for Roth IRAs? J.C., via e-mail

Is most of your money tied up in investments? You're certainly not alone. But that may create a cash crunch if you need funds in a hurry for an emergency or an unexpected expense.

With the economy heating up, the Federal Reserve has indicated it will increase interest rates soon. But how much, and when?

Small business owners like you often face diversification and liquidity problems because most of your wealth is tied up in the company. If your business experiences a serious reversal, your personal assets could be depleted.

Now that tax-filing season is over, ask yourself one simple question: How satisfied are you with your tax adviser?

With the economy picking up, applicants can be choosier when shopping for a new job. That's means they'll more closely examine your benefits package when considering whether to join your team.

Q: My son made lots of charitable contributions last year, but he usually uses only the standard deduction. Is it true that he can deduct charity deductions only if he itemizes on Schedule A? O.D., New York, N.Y.

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