Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies

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Eureka! Your company has created a new gizmo that's a vast improvement on the competition's product. Once you work out the bugs, you expect to patent the invention to protect your interests. Then, you hope it will start selling faster than hot cakes.

Q: I plan on making charitable donations to several charities in other countries, including Israeli bond funds. Can I deduct those donations on my tax return? I.Z., Bethpage, N.Y.

Q: My main computer is a laptop that I use mostly for business in my home office. But I also use the laptop personally and let my kids play games on it sometimes. Will this cost me a home-office deduction? M.R., Danville, Ill.

Heads up: The IRS plans to ratchet up the audit pressure on small businesses in the coming months.

Suppose you want to add the new guaranteed minimum withdrawal feature (see above) to an existing variable annuity, but the issuer doesn't allow that option. Are you out of luck? Not necessarily.

Can't get enough of a good thing? To hoard even more money for retirement than the tax law allows for qualified plans (such as 401(k)s or pension plans), arrange things so your company makes contributions on your behalf to a nonqualified deferred compensation plan.

Do you run a business through two or more related companies? These days, it's not unusual for people to own multiple operations. But you could be inadvertently paying more employment tax than required if some of your employees are "shared" by more than one company.

Q: I bought a car this year that I used for my sales rep job. My company reimburses me for travel but not the interest I'm paying on a car loan. Can I deduct the interest as a business interest expense? E.L., Islip, N.Y.

Uncle Sam wants your tax money ... now. So, if you aren't sending the IRS enough money in your quarterly tax installments, you may need to pay an extra interest-rate penalty.

Most people think of life insurance strictly as income replacement for their family if they suddenly die. But if you no longer need that big life insurance policy and you're looking for a big write-off this year, consider this strategy