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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Q. I’m planning to go to a stockholders meeting. Can I deduct my travel expenses?
Nevada tops the list of states most “stressed” due to bankruptcies, unemployment and other economic indicators, followed by California, Florida, Ari­­zona and Michigan, according to a new Asso­­ciated Press report.

Don’t forget that this is the first year that new “basis reporting” rules take effect for securities sales. Strategy: Be proactive. By planning ahead, you may be able to minimize the taxable gain on a securities sale or increase the tax-deductible loss.

Q. We paid more than $39,500 in 2010 for our grandson’s tuition at Duke. Is there a way to get a credit or tax deduction?
Enacted at the end of 2010, the federal Claims Resolution Act amends the Social Security Act to require that employers report a new hire’s first day of work. That’s in addition to the six data elements already required for new-hire reporting.
If your child is graduating from college or grad school, you’ll want the youngster to start off on the right foot. Strategy: Give your child a low-interest, or even a no-interest, loan. As long as you stay within the tax law boundaries, your family will have no tax worries. However, if you’re not careful, you could wind up facing tax complications.

Most people think of 50 as the magic number for the FMLA. “Oh, we have 50 employees, so now we have to comply with the FMLA,” is a popular refrain among HR departments. It is not that simple. The FMLA has two different rules that must be met before you have to offer FMLA leave to an employee—coverage and eligibility, which both have the magic number 50 as a key component.

Disneyland Resort workers have filed a lawsuit claiming the Walt Disney Co. is violating state law by encoding workers’ identification cards with their Social Security numbers. The workers say they’re worried that the encoded information on their ID cards could be accessed using barcode scanners such as the kind commonly available as smartphone apps.
Employees out on unpaid FMLA leave are still entitled to health insurance benefits if they were covered before going out on leave. However, if the employee was required to pay part of the premium before taking leave, that obligation continues.
A Houston-based grocery chain, Hong Kong Group Inc., has paid $2 million to settle a lawsuit alleging wage-and-hour violations that involved phony payroll records and attempts to coerce employees into returning pay they had already received.
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