Q: In a recent issue, you wrote about the benefits of Health Savings Accounts. (12/29/03 issue) I am the owner of an S corporation. As the principal, can I use an HSA? J.L., via e-mail
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: I am single and earned $79,040 from my regular job in 2003. But I also had $15,233 in self-employment (SE) income. The IRS says I have to pay the full self-employment tax on the additional earnings. Is this true? D.A., Needham, Mass.
With the economy awakening from its hibernation, you may be shaking the dust off business expansion plans.
If those plans include launching an entirely new business, you'll like-ly incur out-of-pocket expenses before the operation is up and running.
Q: Our small company does not have a retirement plan. Can the company contribute to a Roth IRA on my behalf if I'm one of the company principals? P.H., Columbia, Md.
Relax; take an automatic extension.
Buy extra time for hardship situations.
Postpone payments when living abroad.
Military taxpayers earn extra time to file.
Q: As always, I mailed my 2003 tax return as soon as possible. But soon after I mailed it, my broker sent me a corrected Form 1099 that restated dividend income. Do I have to file an amended return, even though it was the brokerage firm's error? K.R., Crawfordsville, Ind.
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.