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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The new Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012, signed by the president on Feb. 22, extends the “payroll tax holiday” for the remainder of the year. Without this new legislation, the holi­­day would have ended with a thud on March 1.
The IRS is giving U.S. citizens who evade taxes by hiding income and assets offshore another chance to confess.

Has your hobby grown into a full-time or sideline business? You might need to convince the IRS. Run the activity just like any other business: Keep accurate and detailed records, maintain any requisite licensing and meet other technical responsibilities. In all respects, keep your business separate from your personal pursuits.

Does your child need a job this summer? Could your business use some help in the office or warehouse? There's a way to kill two birds with one stone: It solves the child’s job search problem while the family collects a bundle of tax breaks.
Do you agree with Warren Buffett? He recently made headlines when he urged Congress to raise taxes on the wealthy. Now a new survey of millionaires indicates that 71% agree with Buffett. But 49% of these respondents claimed that they’re “not in the same league” as the mogul.
According to the IRS, tax compliance isn’t getting any worse. The nation’s tax collector has just released a new set of “tax gap” estimates for the 2006 tax year. The new report, representing the first full update by the IRS in five years, shows that the nation’s compliance rate is essentially unchanged from its last review.
Q. I do noncompensated work for a charity. Can I deduct a portion of my car costs like gas, repairs and insurance?
For years, the IRS and taxpayers have sparred over whether certain expenses constitute “repairs” or “improvements.” At long last, the IRS has issued new temporary regulations on this subject. But these new regulations, a staggering 255 pages, are extremely complex in their own right.

The new cost basis reporting rules for mutual fund transactions took effect Jan. 1. Under the new rules, mutual fund companies will use a default method to calculate the basis of shares acquired and sold in 2012 and beyond. Strategy: Don’t assume the default method is best for you. Analyze all your options before you sell mutual fund shares.

According to new data released by the IRS, your chance of being audited increases dramatically if your annual earnings hit seven figures. Conversely, taxpayers earning less than $200,000 have less cause for concern.
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