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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Q. Our company bought a new machine on Dec. 28. But due to technical problems, we could not start using it until Jan. 4. Can we deduct the cost in 2011?

It’s bad enough that you have to pay Social Security taxes while you’re working, but you could also get hit with federal income tax on Social Security benefits received in retirement! Strategy: Figure out if you’ll be taxed on Social Security benefits. If so, make moves to reduce your tax liability.

Don’t think you can avoid paying tax on income from business activities just because “you’re getting old” and are semi-retired. There’s no exemption from taxation based on age. Case in point:
Q. My mom moved to an assisted living facility in November. I paid all her home bills the last two months. Can I deduct them on my 2011 return?
The IRS recently mailed out “warning letters” to more than 21,000 tax return preparers. But now the IRS admits that its computer system for ferreting out mistake-prone preparers needs fine-tuning.

Do you notice anything different on your 1099-Bs this year? For the first time, securities brokers must provide cost basis information for “covered securities.” Use new Form 8949, Sales and Other Dispositions of Capital Assets, to report your securities transactions from 2011.

You can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars through certain “tax elections” on the 2011 return you file by April 17. These choices often involve tax return comparisons. What sort of elections are we talking about? Here are five prime examples.

Q. We’ve rented out our house for slightly more than two years, starting in late 2009. If we continue the rental in 2012, can we still qualify for the home sale exclusion if we sell the home later this year?
Q. You recently talked about employees deducting transportation to and from school. Is there any restriction against air fare?
The highest-earning taxpayers are paying a hefty tax load, but not quite as much as they did before.
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