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.

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Seven years ago, my parents gave their house in upstate New York to the children and their spouses. (There are five of us; four are married.) My parents paid $150,000 for the house, and now it's worth more than $500,000. Now that both parents have passed away, we're thinking of selling the home. But we're not sure if that's a good idea from a tax perspective and whether we'd qualify for the home-sale exclusion. What do you think?

The 2003 tax law slashed income taxes for most taxpayers. But what if you show a net operating loss (NOL) and no taxable income at year-end?

If you're still handling payroll yourself, you know it's time consuming and prone to errors. So here's some good news: A new crop of online payroll services are popping up and—no coincidence—the costs are dropping fast.

Parents on your staff face a big-time dilemma if they've got kids approaching the college years: How are they going to pay the ever-increasing tuition bills?

Staying one step ahead of the IRS isn't easy for most small businesses. One wrong step—a forgotten form, a lost receipt—could invite Uncle Sam's wrath.

Many business owners enter into "split-dollar" life insurance arrangements, in which the employer and employee share the cost of life insurance. But the IRS recently changed the rules, making those plans less attractive.

With interest rates near historic lows, your company may want to take advantage of the low cost of capital by issuing debt.

In 2001, President Bush's tax cuts increased the amount of your estate that is exempt from federal estate taxes to an even $1 million. As part of that law, the estate-tax exemption level will jump again, this time to $1.5 million, starting Jan. 1, 2004.

With Jan. 1 approaching, you need to once again adjust your estate plan to reflect the higher exemption level. The first three pages of this issue provide strategies to help you take full advantage of the new law. It lays out different strategies for people with medium-size estates, larger estates and valuable homes. Read on, then meet with your estate-planning professional.

Using a payroll service can streamline your business, but you (the employer) are ultimately responsible for paying federal taxes.

If your company creates a side business, you'll definitely want to consider structuring it as a limited liability company (LLC) owned by you.

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