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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A small business can often recover the entire cost of qualified business assets in just one year, thanks to the generous Section 179 deduction. But there a few key wrinkles to the rules:

Maybe you own a vacation home as a getaway for the family during summers and long weekends. But now that the kids are grown, you’re not using the place much anymore. Strategy: Rent out the home this summer. Although it can be a hassle, the tax benefits generally outweigh the inconvenience.

Are you planning to sell or donate a boat or car to charity? Don't be too hasty. Arrange a “bargain sale” to a qualified charitable organization. By combining a sale and donation, you get cash back from the charity, plus a write-off based on the property’s fair market value.

The IRS has ex­tended the deadline for estates of married individuals who died in 2011 to make the “portability” election for unused unified federal gift and estate tax exemptions.

Typically, you can protect your family by securing adequate life insurance coverage. But how much will they receive after Uncle Sam siphons off a portion for the federal estate tax? As long as you haven’t retained any “incidents of ownership” in the policy, the proceeds won’t be included in your taxable estate.

In these trying economic times, young adults may find it difficult to save for retirement. A little-noticed tax break can provide a big boost to lower wage-earners.

Q. I collaterized a loan for someone else in a securities account that was called. Can I deduct the interest?
Most taxpayers say they would never cheat on their taxes and that it’s wrong to do so. How­­ever, to 8% of taxpayers polled, it’s OK to cheat “as much as possible.”
Certain taxpayers can’t make annual contributions to a Roth if their income is too high. But there’s a clever way to get around this obstacle. Go in through the “back door”: Make nondeductible contributions to a traditional IRA and then convert that IRA into a Roth IRA.
Q. We’ve received conflicting information from accoun­­tants. Is our company entitled to a tax credit for hiring new workers?
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