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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Adding staff? Decide before you hire whether you want an employee or an independent contractor. Under the FLSA and some states’ laws, you must pay overtime to nonexempt employees—not so for independent contractors. Make the employee-or-contractor call well before you bring someone on board. Don’t assume you can make the designation later.

When President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 late last year, preservation of current tax rates and a one-year Social Security tax cut got all the headlines. But tucked into the broad statute were several provisions affecting employee benefits.
Q. What are an employer’s obligations to report new hires?

If you’re embroiled in a contentious legal dispute, taxes may be the last thing on your mind. But errors in the way you draft a settlement agreement could mean thousands of dollars going into Uncle Sam’s pocket—instead of yours. Strategy: Try to minimize the income tax consequences of a settlement. And do it before you sign the agreement. Once that occurs, you’re stuck with the deal you made.

Here are the key tax-filing deadlines for 2011. Keep this tax calendar handy for reference, when needed, during the year. Note: If you operate on a fiscal-year schedule for tax purposes, rather than the usual calendar-year schedule, your due dates for each quarter will line up differently.
The contentious tax law signed by President Obama last week brings tax savings to workers nationwide—and contains several provisions that will affect HR. Here's a round-up of various elements—from Social Security withholding to tuition reimbursement to on-site child care—that you'll have to deal with when the law takes effect on Jan. 1.

The new tax law signed by the president on Dec. 17 finally resolves the uncertainty over federal estate taxes … at least for the time being. The Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 increases the estate-tax exemption and lowers the top estate tax rate for a two-year period.

Here’s a timely reminder for older business owners: Don’t forget to take required minimum distributions (RMDs) from company retirement plans and IRAs this year. You generally have until Dec. 31, 2010, to complete RMDs. Otherwise, you’ll be hit with a whopping tax penalty.

On Dec. 17 the president signed the “Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization and Job Creation Act of 2010” into law. This new legislation includes a slew of tax breaks across-the-board. Here are the top 20 for individuals and businesses.

Some little-noticed changes in the massive new health care legislation may affect flexible spending accounts in 2011. Strategy: Fine-tune your annual allocation to a health care FSA. Your decision during the open enrollment period should reflect new restrictions on qualified expenses. The same basic changes apply to Health Savings Accounts.

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