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Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies

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The recent Supreme Court ruling striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) will have wide-ranging federal tax implications. Significantly, same-sex married couples will generally be eligible to file joint returns.
Usually, a small business owner works long hours at his or her trade. But you might own a significant interest in another business operation, or perhaps your main business, where you mostly sit on the sidelines. Strategy: Turn your “passive” busi­­ness interest into an “active” one.
The tax law says that you can deduct the cost of traveling between two business locations. But no deduction is generally allowed for “commuting” between your home and workplace. Accordingly, in a new case, the Tax Court denied a deduction to a taxpayer, even though he traveled a great distance to work each day.
An article in the June 2013 issue of Forbes magazine certainly raised a few eyebrows in tax circles. According to the writer, William Baldwin, affluent retirees earning hundreds of thousands of dollars a year may actually pay zero federal income tax this year.
The IRS is giving some business entities more time to apply for a tax refund involving severance pay. Alert: The IRS says it will sign Form 907, Agree­­ment to Extend the Time to Bring Suit, for certain taxpayers who had a FICA tax refund claim disallowed based on a controversial 6th Cir­­cuit court ruling.
Estate planning has been muddled for the past decade or so as professionals and taxpayers alike grappled with an ever-changing tax environment. At long last, the fog has lifted, thanks to the American Taxpayer Relief Act.
Generally, the amount received in a lawsuit settlement is taxable, unless a specific tax law exclusion applies.
Q. Our local municipal government provides $25 gift cards for our employees at Christmas. Are these gift cards taxable? D.O., Martinsville, Va.
Q. I’m selling my home for $800,000 and downsizing. Am I still eligible for any rollover tax deferral? S.K., West Islip, N.Y.
Do you need to employ more workers for an expanding business? The tax law provides a generous Work Opportunity Tax Credit for hiring certain disadvantaged workers. But you might do even better than the regular credit. Strategy: Hire a qualified veteran.
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