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?

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Q: I know that I must pay tax when converting my regular IRA to a Roth IRA. But do I have to pay tax on the full amount if I couldn't deduct some of the past IRA contributions? V.M., Phoenix

Q: I'm 73 and have three IRAs. Due to investment losses (a long story) in one of the IRAs, I have less in the account than the 33 percent required distribution. Will I still be penalized if I don't withdraw the entire amount? L.A.S., Dearborn, Mich.

Q: In a recent article, you wrote about variable annuities with a guaranteed minimum withdrawal. (5/16/05 issue) Would a guaranteed minimum income benefit (GMIB) variable annuity be better? V.G.

Q: In your article on amended returns, you said I have three years to file an amended return. (5/2/05 issue) But can't I technically go back even further? C.L., Holyoke, Mass.

When you own an S corporation, the company's gains are your gains and its losses are your losses. All the income and expense are passed through to the company's shareholders. But the IRS limits the amount that you can claim as a loss to your basis in the stock, plus any outstanding loans directly from you to the corporation.

Q: My father is retired and living in a retirement community. He insists that he doesn't have to file a tax return anymore. Is there a maximum age for filing? J.W., Old Tappan, N.J.

Q: I opened a Roth IRA on March 15, 2001. Can I start taking tax-free withdrawals this year? D.D., Mission Viejo, Calif.

Q: We're confused about your item regarding a separated spouse who files as a "head of household" and claims the standard deduction (see 4/18/05 issue). You say that if the situation was "the other way around," the person would be required to itemize. Can you elaborate? P.B.S., via e-mail

Taxpayer use of the Telefile system, which allows you to use a touch-tone phone to file simple IRS forms, has dropped due to other electronic-filing options.

A new IRS audit guide points out fringe-benefit issues that are ripe for abuse by execs, including club memberships, no-cost or low-cost loans and employer-paid vacations.

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