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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Do you need to employ more workers for an expanding business? The tax law provides a generous Work Opportunity Tax Credit for hiring certain disadvantaged workers. But you might do even better than the regular credit. Strategy: Hire a qualified veteran.
How can you best obtain affordable health care coverage in 2013 if you’re self-employed? Depending on your situation, you might be able to go through the “back door.”
Upper-income taxpayers could face a potential tax nightmare in 2013 due to a new 3.8% Medicare surtax on net investment income. Strategy: Wake up to reality. If you take tax action now, you might be able to reduce, or even eliminate, your liability for the new 3.8% surtax.
A yet-to-be ­disclosed health care provider is suing the IRS and 15 of its agents, alleging that medical records of 10 million Americans were illegally seized. The lawsuit claims the IRS violated the Fourth Amendment when the agents executed a search warrant for financial information on just one employee, turning it into a raid of epic proportions.
Q. Can I convert a personal pickup truck into a business vehicle and be able to claim tax deductions? S.T., Laguna Beach, Calif.
Other troubles are mounting at the IRS while the “Tea Party” scandal continues to brew. In a new report released by the Treasury Inspector General of Tax Administration (TIGTA), it was revealed that the IRS spent about $50 million at more than 200 training conferences held between 2010 and 2012.
While the economy slowly recovers, your business may still have trouble collecting past due accounts. Fortunately, there’s a silver tax lining in the dark cloud.
If you’re improving your home—say, putting in a deck or finishing a basement—a little forethought can provide some big tax savings. Strategy: Keep detailed records of home im­­prove­­ments. The costs aren’t deductible, but you can add them to the home’s basis, thereby reducing the taxable gain on a future sale.

The new tax law enacted around the turn of the year—the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012—extends a unique tax break for charitably inclined retirees. But the window closes again at the end of this year. Strategy: Donate funds in your IRA to a qualified charity.

Q. I never hear about Coverdell IRAs anymore. Have they been repealed? L.P.S., Orlando, Fla.
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