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. I’m paying life insurance on a policy I own with my ex-wife as beneficiary. Are the premiums deductible as alimony?
Q. I want to reduce the size of my estate. Can I give gifts from my company under the annual gift tax exclusion?
Q. I’m giving my granddaughter my Toyota Camry valued at $17,000. Can my wife join in the gift to avoid gift tax?
The IRS has issued guidance and a new memo that together clarify the tax treatment of cellphones provided by employers and cellphone reimbursements by employers to employees who use their own cellphones for business.

As a hedge to the stock market volatility, some investors are turning to gold and other precious metals. But watch out for the tax consequences. Absent special reasons, it's best to invest in gold inside your retirement plan so you can dodge a tax disaster.

Tidbits on tattlers: A new report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) says the IRS needs to improve the efficiency of the whistle-blower program.
Q. Should I buy off-the-shelf software for my business before 2012? I’m not sure if a tax deduction is expiring.
Are you considering giving large gifts to family members? A new 9th Circuit Court case presents an intriguing idea. (Est. of Petter, 9th Circ. 10-71854, 8/4/11
More details are available on new competency tests required for tax return preparers who aren’t CPAs, attorneys or enrolled agents. Testing will begin this year, but preparers will have until the end of 2013 to pass the test.
The IRS often examines family limited partnerships (FLPs) to ensure that they are not merely tax avoidance schemes. But that doesn’t mean you should dismiss the idea. For your FLP to withstand the scrutiny, you can’t maintain too much control over the assets transferred to the partnership.