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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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While the economy slowly recovers, your business may still have trouble collecting past due accounts. Fortunately, there’s a silver tax lining in the dark cloud.
If you’re improving your home—say, putting in a deck or finishing a basement—a little forethought can provide some big tax savings. Strategy: Keep detailed records of home im­­prove­­ments. The costs aren’t deductible, but you can add them to the home’s basis, thereby reducing the taxable gain on a future sale.

The new tax law enacted around the turn of the year—the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012—extends a unique tax break for charitably inclined retirees. But the window closes again at the end of this year. Strategy: Donate funds in your IRA to a qualified charity.

Q. I never hear about Coverdell IRAs anymore. Have they been repealed? L.P.S., Orlando, Fla.
Suppose you’ve just discovered a mistake on the 2012 tax return you just filed in April. Should you file an amended tax return? Although there may be extenuating circumstances, the outcome will usually depend on whether you owe Uncle Sam or he owes you.
Do you operate a business from home? You’re entitled to home office deductions only if you regularly and exclusively use the place as your principal place of business or where you meet or deal with customers, clients or patients in the normal course of business. Taxpayers are often tripped up by the requirement for “exclusive” use.
It’s bad enough that you have to pay Social Security taxes while you’re working. Even worse: You might be taxed on Social Security benefits you receive in retirement! Strategy: If it looks like you’ll incur taxes on Social Security benefits, you might make some moves to reduce your tax liability.
Q. I am buying a new business car, but I haven’t finished writing off the old one I’m trading in. Can I claim depreciation deductions for the new one? A.E.P., Albuquerque, N.M.
Suppose your young child receives a Series EE U.S. Savings Bond as a birthday gift. Or maybe you’ve received bonds for a child just born. Strategy: Plan on electing to pay the tax annually on the EE bond interest.
Beginning in 2013, there’s an extra tax incentive for investing in municipal bonds (munis). Strategy: Include more munis in your portfolio to sidestep the new 3.8% Medicare surtax.
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