Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies

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Q: I've been working for a company that is rapidly losing money. I've heard through the grapevine that the owners haven't paid the employment taxes for the past year. Could that cause me trouble personally with the IRS? E.L.C., Cleveland

Nobody's getting any younger. But if you own a small business and you're older than most of your employees, you may be able to max out on your retirement plan and jump-start your nest egg. That's especially true if your company doesn't have a retirement plan in place or you haven't been able to max out on plan contributions.

Issue: You're paying for time that employees aren't working because they punch each other's timecards.
Risk: Such "buddy punching" can cost companies thousands in wasted payroll dollars.
Action: Stop ...

Normally, you can't deduct the cost of traveling back and forth from work every day. The IRS considers this a nondeductible commuting expense. But that tax story may change if you're working at a location that's different from your regular workplace.

Q: My mother has extensive medical expenses that aren't fully covered by insurance. But the tax deduction doesn't do her much good because her income is low. Can I deduct the expenses if I pay them for her? L.L., Bangor, Maine

Estate planning isn't a one-way street. Sometimes, you're on the receiving end of the dollars, instead of the giving end. Example: You may be in line for a hefty inheritance when a parent passes away.

Do you own rental property that's been producing a marginal profit or a loss the past few years? Short of raising the rent again, you're fighting an uphill battle as your expenses continue to grow.

For many parents, the day of reckoning is right around the corner: the time when you start paying those hefty college tuition bills for your children. Even if you've been preparing for this day your entire adult life, you (and/or your child) may be forced to seek loans or other financing to pick up the slack.

Hurricane season has begun, summer brush fires have plagued the West and other parts of the country are likely to be hit by other natural disasters this summer.

Big tax cuts aren't coming in 2005; neither the money nor the political willpower is there. But look for Congress, at the very least, to extend several tax breaks that are scheduled to go off the books at the end of the year