California is a great state—for employees who want to sue their employers. Even the wage statements employees get with their paychecks can lead to lawsuits. Advice: Have your attorney take a look at those pay stubs to make sure they comply with California wage-and-hour laws.
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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Are you ready for a computer upgrade? Don’t trash the old one if it no longer meets your needs. Besides helping to save the environment, you can save taxes to boot. Strategy: Donate the PC to a charity. Usually, you can deduct the full fair market value of the computer. Therefore, you can seize a tax deduction for property you were going to discard.
Since the beginning of the year, financial experts have been beating the drums for Roth IRA conversions. And this tax strategy still makes sense for many taxpayers. But you may find, upon closer review, you would be better off if you had left things alone. Are you completely out of luck? Not necessarily. You can convert your Roth back into a traditional IRA if you choose. It’s like it never happened.
Under Section 179, you can currently deduct up to $250,000 of assets placed in service in 2010. But not every business can benefit. You may have to write off assets over the regular depreciation period. Strategy: Time equipment purchases to suit your needs. Usually, you’ll fare better tax-wise by placing assets into service before Oct. 1. But, surprisingly, you might maximize your deductions after the Sept. 30 deadline.
If you’re the sole owner of an S corporation, you call the shots. So you can set the salary figures for all employees, including yourself, as long as you stay within the law’s boundaries. Strategy: Keep your annual salary on the low side. At year’s end, you can pay yourself dividends out of profits. Why would you skimp on your own salary? You avoid employment taxes on cash distributions from your company.
The monumental new health care legislation imposes a new Medicare tax on investment income collected by high-income individuals. However, the new tax doesn’t kick in until 2013. Strategy: Plan ahead to reduce or avoid this extra tax. Conversely, if you wait a couple of years to make your moves, it may be too late. Here are five long-term ideas: