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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Unit Texas Drilling has settled a DOL lawsuit that claimed the company stiffed 824 drillers, derrickmen and floor hands out of overtime wages they should have received. Now the company, based in Humble, will make good on its obligations under the FLSA—a total of $579,910.

The new 2010 Tax Relief Act preserves favorable tax treatment for qualified dividends through 2012. Thus, you can benefit from a low tax rate for the dividends you receive from most domestic companies. Strategy: Expand your investment horizons. This tax break also includes dividends received from “qualified foreign corporations.”

No company can function without maintaining a variety of records. To control this massive proliferation of files, you must develop a records management system that you can refer to daily to decide what you must keep and what you can toss.
Maintaining personnel records used to be a whole lot simpler. In fact, any HR department that wanted to be absolutely safe on the subject simply issued a “keep everything” policy. But now, that same “keep everything” strategy can cost you as much as a lawsuit. Maybe even more.
Despite what you may think, not all charities are created equal. Some organizations qualify as “50% charities” while others are “30% charities.” Different tax limits based on your adjusted gross income may apply.
The challenges facing HR pros who specialize in talent, compensation and benefits are dramatically different today than they were just a year ago. At Deloitte Consulting, we call it “the talent paradox”—the apparent contradiction that occurs when unemployment is still relatively high, yet companies still are seeing significant shortages in critical talent areas.
Q. My husband is receiving a corporate buyout. Will the severance pay be subject to payroll taxes?

The new 2010 Tax Relief Act creates favorable estate tax rules for the two years extending from Jan. 1, 2011, through Dec. 31, 2012. If it suits your needs, you can also choose to use the “new rules” instead of the “old rules” for a decedent who died in 2010.

Q. My S corporation had a bad year in 2010. Could this affect my deduction for charitable contributions as a joint filer?
The IRS has announced it is expanding use of Twitter and other social media tools so it can better share information with the public. Anyone with a Twitter account can follow its news feed, @IRSnews.
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