Here’s some good news if you use truly independent contractors to perform work. If you have done it right, you don’t have to worry about losing an age discrimination lawsuit. But there’s a caveat: You must make sure you can easily prove your contractor wasn’t really an employee.
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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Q. We have several employees that have been laid off and are receiving unemployment benefits. They have asked whether they are required to pay taxes on their unemployment benefits.
Q. We have salespeople who work on a straight commission basis. Do we need to track their hours?
The tax law permits you to deduct a casualty loss, within certain limits, for damage caused by an event that is “sudden, unexpected or unusual.” This often results from natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes, but you may also deduct losses from more mundane occurrences, such as traffic accidents. But if you caused the accident, can you still deduct a casualty loss for damage to your vehicle? It depends.
The U. S. Department of Labor, in conjunction with the IRS, has announced a “misclassification initiative” aimed at employers that misclassify employees as independent contractors. A 2009 Government Accountability Office report labeled misclassification a “significant problem” with “adverse consequences” for the government.
Q. I left property at a charity’s unattended drop site last year. Can I deduct the value without a receipt?
The federal government’s Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has postponed implementation of new regs that would have required employers to report any medical benefits payments to employees who are eligible for Medicare. Despite the delay, you need to know about this new requirement if you're self-insured or pay deductibles on Employment Practices Liability Insurance.