Q: In a recent Mail Call answer, you said a person can deduct donations to some charities in Canada, Mexico and Israel. (5/30/05 issue) Do you have authority for that statement? M.L.
Small Business Tax
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Q: I've been working for a company that is rapidly losing money. I've heard through the grapevine that the owners haven't paid the employment taxes for the past year. Could that cause me trouble personally with the IRS? E.L.C., Cleveland
Risk: Such "buddy punching" can cost companies thousands in wasted payroll dollars.
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