Small Business Tax

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Despite recent delays in enforcement of the health insurance mandate under “Obamacare”—officially titled the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act—employers still must comply with other rules in the health insurance law. Alert: The Treasury Department recently issued new final regulations on the 90-day ­waiting-period rule for employers.
It seems simple enough, but one basic tax law principle is often ignored or misinterpreted by emotional taxpayers going through a divorce: Alimony payments are tax deductible while child support payments are not. Correspondingly, alimony payments are taxable to the recipient, while amounts paid for child support are tax free to the recipient.
Q. My husband is 62 and was laid off. Can he collect Social Security retirement and unemployment at the same time?
Q. I won $1,000 in a March Madness pool. Do I have to pay income tax on it?
On March 21 the IRS released the 2013 IRS Data Book, a summary of agency activities for the last fiscal year. Here are some highlights.

If you employ a household worker, such as someone to watch young children, you may be liable for the so-called “nanny tax.” If you observe all the legalities, you can avoid any dire tax consequences.

The conventional wisdom is that you should transfer money into a trust to avoid future tax on earnings in your high tax bracket. Strategy: Crazy, but you might arrange to take money out of a trust.
If you’re the victim of a personal theft, at least there’s a small silver tax lining: The amount of the loss is deductible if it qualifies under the casualty and theft loss rules.
The “like-kind exchange” is one of the best tax breaks on the books. If you swap like-kind properties with another party—often one piece of real estate for another—there’s no tax liability if you complete the exchange in time. But it is seldom possible to arrange a one-for-one swap. Usually, multiple parties are involved.
Due to a recent tax law change, a lot of the guesswork for computing capital gains on sales of securities has been removed from the equation.
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