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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1. Keep receipts, not a list 2. No deduction for 'common' products

Don't trip over the tricky tax rules for property-tax rebates.

Real estate remains rock-solid in this economy. If you bought property years ago, you may be sitting on a gold mine. Of course, when you finally sell, you could face a whopping tax bill, too.

Q: Several years ago, I bought a condo with my "significant other" (we weren't married) on a 50/50 percent basis. Now, we've split up, and we're selling the place. Can we both elect the maximum home-sale exclusion? K.H., New York City

Q: I'm trying to plan out some equipment purchases. I know the expensing limit for business is higher than it's ever been. But isn't that figure supposed to fall way back in 2010 under the law's "sunset" provision? D.R., Vero Beach, Fla.

Changes to IRS Form 941, Employer's Federal Quarterly Tax Return, will make it easier for businesses to report federal payroll tax deposits and income tax withholding.

As you grow older, it's critical to save as much as possible for retirement. As the person who calls the shots at your company, you can be even more creative than others in saving for retirement.

If you're selling your share of the family-owned business, you have plenty of reasons to offer relatives, who are current owners, first shot at buying your portion.

Question: My elderly mother needs help a few hours a day to shop, work around the house, etc. My wife and I live in another state. We pay a neighborhood woman $15 an hour for assistance, but she isn't a nurse. We also pay $500 a month toward my mother's rent, about half the bill. Are we entitled to any tax benefits? – R.P., Vermont

For some people, waiting until mid-April to file their individual income tax returns simply represents a bad case of procrastination. Others hold out so they can keep their money until the last possible moment. Whatever your reason, if you haven't filed yet, you can still cut your 2004 tax bill with a few timely tactics and tax-smart choices.

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