Millions of taxpayers now file their tax returns via the Web, and the number is likely to grow. Should you join the crowd?
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.
If you run your business as a husband/wife partnership, you're forced to fill out a complicated Form 1065 (U.S. Return of Partnership Income) every year. But if you live in one of the nine "community property" states (see list at left), we have good news for you
If you took out a home-equity loan last year and injected the resulting cash into your pass-through business (sole proprietorship, S corps, partnership or LLC), you can typically deduct the related in-terest expense. But don't report the interest as an itemized deduction on your Schedule A.
Before you send off your 2003 tax return, make sure you didn't overpay the required amount of FICA taxes. For 2003, the Social Security rate is 6.2 percent on the first $87,000 in wages. The 1.45 percent Medi-care tax rate applies to all your wages. Together, those make up the 7.65 FICA tax.
When meeting with your accountant this tax season, don't be surprised if he or she tries to sell you on a new benefit-
management program or other service.
Q: My father died in 1998, and we decided to pay off the estate tax using the installment method. Now that estate tax is being repealed, will we still have to pay installments after 2009? R.V., Plymouth, Mass.
Q: I use my cell phone a lot for charitable activities. In fact, that's the reason I bought it. Can I deduct the phone costs as a charitable donation? N.B., Kansas City, Mo.
Calendar-year 2003 is over, and you can't do anything to change it. But the book isn't closed on tax year 2003.
Q: My husband and I have lived in our home for 32 years. We bought it for about $80,000, and now it's worth more than $500,000. My husband died last year, and I'm planning to sell the home. I read about the $250,000 home-sale tax exclusion for single people and $500,000 for married people. Am I limited to $250,000? A.T., Rockaway, N.J.
The March 15 deadline for filing a 2003 corporation tax return is approaching quickly. (See tax calendar, page 5.) Rather than slapping together your tax paperwork at the last minute, punt. You can earn a six-month extension by filing Form 7004, Application for Automatic Extension of Time To File Corporate Income Tax Return, and paying what you estimate you owe.