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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?

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In what has become an annual rite of passage, the IRS has issued its list of the “dirty dozen tax scams” for 2011. Here’s what you should be avoiding.
Q. My friend insists he’s better off passing up the capital gains rate for bigger deductions. Is that possible?
The IRS bowed to public pressure and increased the standard mileage rate for business drivers midway through the year. The rate of 51 cents per mile (plus tolls and parking fees) jumped to 55.5 cents per mile effective July 1.
Keep taxes in mind for business travel plans. Depending on your situation, you might opt to go by car instead of plane if you’re expecting to tack some vacation time onto the trip. In fact, you could wind up spending a lot less on travel while deducting much more.

Are you looking for a tax-favored investment that serves a valuable public need? You might not have to search far. Consider real estate developments that generate low-income housing credits. The credits are spread out over the time it takes to complete the project.

If you’ve been victimized by the vicious tornadoes or floods this year, or you have suffered personal casualty losses due to some other natural disaster, you may not have to wait until you file your 2011 tax return to recoup tax benefits.

Bonus depreciation is back and better than ever. Now the IRS has issued a new ruling on this revived tax break. The new IRS guidance provides certain options, including a downward election, plus coordination with other tax code sections and creates an “escape hatch” for business vehicle owners who might face unfavorable tax results under the new rules.

Summer is under way, but it’s not time to relax from a tax perspective. There’s plenty you can do during the middle of the year to cut your 2011 tax liability down to size. Here are eight strategies you may use to cool off the tax man.
If you travel extensively on business, you probably know the drill: Both the airline and the hotel often will offer a lower rate if the stay includes a Saturday night. Strategy: Stay until Sunday. Besides the discount, the cost of staying an extra day is deductible as business travel, even if the work has been completed.
A federal trial court has directed an employer that appropriately withheld payroll taxes from an arbitration award to pay back the amount withheld to the employee. An employer must obey an arbitration award to the letter, the court ruled.
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