Q: In the past few years, I've used my personal car for business about 75 percent of the time. Now, I'm going to buy a new car and will probably trade in the old one or sell it privately. Can I still get a depreciation deduction for the old car this year? M.C., Manchester, N.H.
Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies
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Q: In a recent article, you said people must start taking IRA distributions after turning 70 1/2 (See 3/8/04 issue) Are the rules different for Roth IRAs? J.C., via e-mail
Is most of your money tied up in investments? You're certainly not alone. But that may create a cash crunch if you need funds in a hurry for an emergency or an unexpected expense.
Recent tax law changes offer potentially big benefits to shareholders who want to take cash out of their closely held C corporations without sharing too much with the IRS. You can also achieve the same goal through several time-honored cash-withdrawal strategies. This special report examines today's five best ways to pull cash from your C corporation in the most tax-wise manner.
Medical costs continue to skyrocket. What's a small business owner to do?
In most cases, fringe benefits provided to company bigwigs are exempt from tax only if they are offered to everyone.
If you run a small company, it's hard to squeeze in enough exercise time during the week.
Size often matters in the corporate world.
It's bad enough that business owners worry about corporate income tax. But your company may also face alternative minimum tax (AMT) complications.
Investors in qualified "small business" stock held more than five years can exclude 50 percent of the sale's gain. But a 28 percent capital gains tax rate continues to apply to such sales—even after last year's reduction of the maximum capital gains rate to 15 percent. That means you'll earn just a 1 percent advantage—14 percent to 15 percent—for sales of small business stock.
Now that tax-filing season is over, ask yourself one simple question: How satisfied are you with your tax adviser?
Q: My son made lots of charitable contributions last year, but he usually uses only the standard deduction. Is it true that he can deduct charity deductions only if he itemizes on Schedule A? O.D., New York, N.Y.
Q: I recently acquired stock in a closely held company. Can I contribute the stock to my IRA? P.A., Hermosa Beach, Calif.
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