Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies

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The 2003 tax law spawned dozens of great tax strategies, plus a couple of duds.

One lame concept gaining traction these days: Reduced individual income tax rates make your tax-deferred retirement plan an inferior retirement savings vehicle. Instead, the story goes, you should stash your retirement money in a taxable account at your friendly brokerage firm.

If parking space is at a premium near your building, you may pay for employees to park their cars in a nearby garage or lot.

If you set up a qualified fringe benefit plan, your company can deduct those parking costs, and the benefit is tax-free to the employees. Unfortunately, your company may pay a pretty penny for its local parking privileges.

The IRS turns a skeptical eye toward what it deems "unreasonable compensation" paid to C corp owner-executives. The taxman can decide your salary is too large and label part of it as a nondeductible dividend.

Tax-free is always better than tax deferred. So if you stashed your retirement funds in a Roth IRA account, you can collect tax-free cash while enjoying your retirement.

Q: My C corporation sold a long-term gain property this past summer. The gain amounted to $24,000 (rounded off). Do we benefit from the reduction in capital gains rates? O.T., Cincinnati, Ohio

Q: My son just started a new job where he's required to wear a suit and tie. Since he had to buy several new suits for this position, can he deduct the cost. G.R., Islip, N.Y.

An S corporation operates a "pass-through" entity, meaning all corporate income and deduction items pass through to shareholders, who then report those amounts on their personal returns. Result: You owe personal income tax on your share of S corp profits.

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.

Say your parents or in-laws are semiretired and still earning a bit of income, but you're helping them financially. They also watch your young children while you and your spouse work.

You probably can't claim a dependency exemption for your parents because their income surpasses a certain level.

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?

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