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.

Q: You said retirement plan participants must pay a 10 percent penalty tax for withdrawals before 55 (see 4/18/05 issue). Isn't the correct age 59 1/2? C.F., via e-mail

Suppose you want to add the new guaranteed minimum withdrawal feature (see above) to an existing variable annuity, but the issuer doesn't allow that option. Are you out of luck? Not necessarily.

Q: I'm switching my business from a C corporation to an S corporation. I understand that S corporations don't pay any tax. Will I need to make quarterly tax payments? A.P., Cincinnati

Can't get enough of a good thing? To hoard even more money for retirement than the tax law allows for qualified plans (such as 401(k)s or pension plans), arrange things so your company makes contributions on your behalf to a nonqualified deferred compensation plan.

Don't count on the IRS to increase the standard mileage deduction rate.

Do you run a business through two or more related companies? These days, it's not unusual for people to own multiple operations. But you could be inadvertently paying more employment tax than required if some of your employees are "shared" by more than one company.

If you're challenging the IRS on a tax-return issue, pay the tax you owe now. Don't wait until the dispute is settled.

Q: I bought a car this year that I used for my sales rep job. My company reimburses me for travel but not the interest I'm paying on a car loan. Can I deduct the interest as a business interest expense? E.L., Islip, N.Y.

For investors relying on variable annuities during their retirement years, it's no fun watching the stock market intermittently spike and then plummet. When the market is booming, so is your investment. But your return suffers when the market takes a nose dive.

While school is out this summer, your teenage child may work full time or part time. Of course, income taxes will be withheld from those wages, even if your child won't have any income tax liability for 2005.