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.

Are you looking for a tax-favored investment that serves a valuable public need? You might not have to search far. Consider real estate developments that generate low-income housing credits. The credits are spread out over the time it takes to complete the project.

If you’ve been victimized by the vicious tornadoes or floods this year, or you have suffered personal casualty losses due to some other natural disaster, you may not have to wait until you file your 2011 tax return to recoup tax benefits.

Bonus depreciation is back and better than ever. Now the IRS has issued a new ruling on this revived tax break. The new IRS guidance provides certain options, including a downward election, plus coordination with other tax code sections and creates an “escape hatch” for business vehicle owners who might face unfavorable tax results under the new rules.

Question: The cost of health insurance premiums paid by an employer on behalf of 2% S corp shareholders is reported in Box 1 of their W-2s. Must we withhold federal income taxes on this amount, or can we report it without withholding taxes?
Summer is under way, but it’s not time to relax from a tax perspective. There’s plenty you can do during the middle of the year to cut your 2011 tax liability down to size. Here are eight strategies you may use to cool off the tax man.
If you travel extensively on business, you probably know the drill: Both the airline and the hotel often will offer a lower rate if the stay includes a Saturday night. Strategy: Stay until Sunday. Besides the discount, the cost of staying an extra day is deductible as business travel, even if the work has been completed.
A federal trial court has directed an employer that appropriately withheld payroll taxes from an arbitration award to pay back the amount withheld to the employee. An employer must obey an arbitration award to the letter, the court ruled.

You may not be able to qualify for the full home sale exclusion ($250,000 singles; $500,000 for married joint-filing couples) when you sell your principal residence. However, if you can’t get the whole loaf of bread, at least you might be able to get a slice of it. Strategy: Claim a partial home sale exclusion on your personal tax return.

The IRS has announced it is extending and tweaking a pilot program designed to cut down on identity theft. The guidelines allow you to use a truncated ver­sion of taxpayer identification numbers (TINs) when your business issues certain statements and 1099s.

Unemployment insurance benefits are designed to help employees who lose their jobs through no fault of their own. Since employers pay into the fund that pays out unemployment benefits, it's in your interest to contest benefits for undeserving former employees. Here's how to go about doing so.