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Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies

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If you’ve been filing a paper tax return for years or you simply let your accountant handle the whole thing, you may be intrigued by the possibility of completing your entire tax return on your computer and then filing online. Should you do it?
In the waning days of last year, the president inked the Gulf Opportunity Zone Act of 2005. This new legislation, following close on the heels of the Katrina Emergency Tax Relief Act (KETRA), includes various tax measures benefiting victims of Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma.
If the IRS questions one of your write-offs, it will ask for documented proof. Research Recommendations subscribers can obtain a free report that provides a list of the type of written proof you’ll need to verify 25 different kinds of deductions (from bad debts to home-office expenses).
Each year, Congress and the IRS throw a few new ingredients into the tax-return stew. Here are some key tax-law changes that will affect your 2005 business returns.
Sadly, the bonus depreciation rules have expired. That means you’re stuck with regular depreciation deductions under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS), which requires you to write off business equipment over several years. Don’t despair.
If you started or acquired a new business last year, you can earn a one-time boost on your 2005 return. How? Claim an instant write-off for part or all of your qualified start-up expenses.
A buy/sell agreement can be a valuable estate-planning tool for business owners.
At which point do I have to pay self-employment tax?
For parents and grandparents, a basic tax strategy is to transfer income-producing assets (e.g., cash, stock, real estate) to the young ones. The subsequent income is generally taxed at the child’s low tax rate, rather than the elder’s higher one.
How can you give your struggling company a shot in the arm to generate a much-needed growth spurt? It takes money to make money, but things often aren’t that simple.
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