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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Have you heard about the new, "creative" way to shift assets from your business to a Roth IRA to skirt the IRA contribution limits? Well, forget that advice and heed this:

The IRS came out swinging last month, issuing formal notice that such transactions would be listed as "abusive tax shelters" and trigger stiff penalties. (IRS Notice 2004-8)

Issue: How to avoid the often-overlooked liabilities of using interns in your workplace. Risk: Courts view interns the same as employees, as "agents" of your organization. Plus, you face extra ...

Q: My elderly father has a significant amount of credit card debt. I am his only living heir. Will I be responsible for those debts when he dies? J.W., Paramus, N.J.

Q: I received shares of Prudential stock a few years ago because I had converted a group policy to a personal policy. If I sell the shares now, do I have to pay tax on the full value, even though I still own the insurance policy? A.P., Santa Clara, Calif.

Q: I experienced unusually high medical expenses in 2003. In addition to my out-of-pocket costs, I contributed $2,500 to my company flexible spending account (FSA) and used up all the funds. Can I count those FSA expenses as deductible medical expenses? J.B., Winslow, Ariz.

C corporations offer better tax treatment for fringe benefits than S corporations. But don't avoid an S corporation election simply because of fringe benefits.

The 2003 tax law spawned dozens of great tax strategies, plus a couple of duds.

One lame concept gaining traction these days: Reduced individual income tax rates make your tax-deferred retirement plan an inferior retirement savings vehicle. Instead, the story goes, you should stash your retirement money in a taxable account at your friendly brokerage firm.

The next time you order checks, have them imprinted with your first initial instead of your first name (e.g., G. Bush), suggests Commercial Law Bulletin.

If parking space is at a premium near your building, you may pay for employees to park their cars in a nearby garage or lot.

If you set up a qualified fringe benefit plan, your company can deduct those parking costs, and the benefit is tax-free to the employees. Unfortunately, your company may pay a pretty penny for its local parking privileges.

File more business tax forms electronically.

 

IRS shifting jobs from clerical to crackdown.

 

Educate yourself on Health Savings Accounts.

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