Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies

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.

Q. The political campaigns are heated up for 2008. Can I get a deduction if I make a contribution this year?

If you’re a procrastinator, you might wait until the last minute to file your personal tax return. Perhaps you’re delaying the inevitable because you figure that you’ll owe a hefty tax bill. You still can cut your tax bill at this late date. Here are seven strategies:

Due to the personal casualty loss limits, it’s unlikely that you will be able to deduct any repair costs if your spouse damages his or her car this winter. Start using the damaged car for business driving. Then you can claim a casualty loss for the car, even though your spouse was using it personally at the time.

In the Tax Relief and Health Care Act of 2006, Congress threw a bone to alternative minimum tax (AMT) victims who’ve been granted incentive stock options (ISOs). Crazy as it seems, you might think about retiring to truly benefit.

Gov. Jon Corzine recently signed a bill that limits the amount of money that temporary service agencies can withhold from temps’ paychecks ...

Q. We plan to give gasoline gift cards to employees as incentives for picking up additional shifts. Are these cards taxable? Can we, the employer, simply pay the employee’s portion of the taxes? —T.M., Pennsylvania

Q. We direct-deposit the wages and salaries of most of our employees. Last week, two checks for the same pay period were deposited into an employee's account. Can we legally have the bank withdraw the extra funds from the employee's account? —M.F., California

Q. Is it legal to adopt a once-a-month payroll for hourly employees? What other issues come up with a monthly payroll? —J.S., California

Q. An employee we hired a couple weeks ago through a temporary agency (he is on their payroll) has just told us that he is Muslim and can't work on Fridays. During the interview, he was asked whether anything would prohibit his working a proposed schedule that specifically included Fridays for the next 30 days. He said no, and this is in writing. He did not mention this problem until he had already been working for a week or two. Can we let this guy go? —M.R., South Carolina

If your organization uses leased employees, you may want to check out the company that's providing those workers ...