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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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You may have invested heavily in company stock through your 401(k) plan. Should the stock take off, you could be in line for an unprecedented payoff. Strategy: When you’re ready to retire, keep the payout in the form of company stock. Don’t convert it to cash or other securities.

Q. I’m self-employed and still working full time. Can I skip RMDs from my SEP? N.R., Ipswich, Mass.

Initially, the IRS announced it would shutter its doors for a total of five days this summer due to the federal sequester. Then the agency found enough cash to stay open the last two scheduled furlough days.

Q. My son is in the military. Can he deduct upkeep for uniforms? J.M., Tucson, Ariz.

Do you find yourself often burning the midnight oil at the office? It takes long hours and hard work to make a business a success. At least you can salvage some tax fruits from your labor. Here are three common options.
Q. In your recent article on Section 529 plans, you mention state income tax on distributions. But don’t state taxes also affect contributions? A.C., via email
A taxpayer can claim deductions for bad debts that can’t be collected and become worthless. But the IRS often regards such deductions with a healthy dose of skepticism when transactions involve related parties, such as a purported loan from a business owner to his or her corporation. This type of arrangement proved to be the undoing of a taxpayer in a new Tax Court decision.
After months of silence in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court striking down Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the IRS has finally issued definitive guidance on the issue.
Business is booming and you’re as busy as ever. However, you may suddenly find yourself short-staffed in the office. In the past, you may have asked your kids to pitch in, but now they’re back at school or out on their own. Strategy: Hire your spouse to help out.
Suppose you’ve carried forward a short-term capital loss from securities sales in prior years. Now you’re poised to sell stock at a sizable long-term capital gain. Think twice. Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, postpone the sale or realize a short-term gain instead.
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