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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.

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Section 529 plans are the best way to save for college. Withdrawals are totally free from federal income taxes. But if you've been dragging your feet about launching a Section 529 plan, you have new incentive to act quickly

Q. I set up a Roth IRA in late 1999. I'm turning 59 in May, so I'm wondering when I can start taking tax-free distributions from the Roth. Do I have to wait until the account has been open exactly five years or can I begin distributions any time this year?

President Bush is once again pushing Congress to radically reshape America's savings plan system, creating three new tax-preferred investment accounts.

Q: I invested in a variable annuity when I was 39. Now that I'm 52, I want to begin withdrawals to help pay my daughter's college expenses. Will I have to pay an early withdrawal penalty? D.T., Raleigh, N.C.

Many people thought their estate-tax worries were over once President Bush signed estate-tax relief in 2001. The law gradually increases the amount of your estate that's exempt from federal estate taxes, then eliminates the tax in 2010, before the tax comes roaring back to life in 2011 (unless Congress extends the relief law).

The IRS offers several ways to find out.

If you're like most high-income taxpayers, you probably use your home PC to help manage your investments. But unless you're a highly active trader and your investment activity constitutes a bona fide business, your depreciation deductions for the machine are severely limited.

After sending off your return, you'll probably trash old documents and files. Beware: Scam artists can steal your identity by rummaging through your garbage bags.

As the economy heats up, you'll need to work harder to retain good employees. One good tactic: Set up an employee-achievement-award program. If you handle things the right way, they are tax-free to employees and fully deductible by your company.

Do you plan to raid your retirement plan early? If you use the money for medical payments, you can avoid the usual 10 percent penalty tax on early withdrawals.

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