Small Business Tax Deduction Strategies

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Say you’re contemplating an investment in a new business venture. It’s somewhat risky, given the current economic conditions, but you may want to help a relative or friend get the business off the ground. Unfortunately, if things don’t pan out, the loss would have limited tax value. Strategy: Invest in Section 1244 stock. That way, as long as certain requirements are met, you can write off up to $100,000 if the business fails.

Common situation: You help a low-income parent with his or her living expenses. Under the tax law, you can’t claim a dependency exemption ($3,650 for 2009) for that person unless you provide more than half of his or her annual support. Strategy: Chip in a few more bucks in the second half of the year. If it pushes you over the half-support mark for 2009, you might qualify for an extra exemption.

Have you looked into starting a retirement plan for your small business operation? You’d probably like to help employees salt away some money for the future, but you may have decided most options are too expensive to set up and administer. Strategy: Use a payroll deduction IRA. This is the easiest IRS-approved option available to employers. What’s more, you can set up the program and run it at virtually no cost.

The enhanced Sec. 179 deduction is a tax bonanza for small business owners. You can write off up to $250,000 of new business assets placed in service in tax years beginning in 2009. But remember: The Sec. 179 deduction is limited to the amount of annual taxable income from the business. Strategy: Buy new assets soon and place them in service before Oct. 1. Here's why.

Several readers have asked us about the tax incentives for being energy-conscious under the new economic stimulus law. Strategy: Take action now. If you make energy-saving improvements this year, you can cut your 2009 tax bill in addition to your heating and cooling bills. The new law changes may benefit both individual and business taxpayers.

Cordia Harrington owned three McDonald’s franchises when the company asked her to sit on its bun committee in 1992. She quickly realized opportunity was knocking. Here’s how she seized it:

Florida ranked as one of the nation’s business-friendliest states in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s (SBEC) Business Tax Index for 2009. The SBEC annually assesses the tax climates for business and entrepreneurs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Ohio ranked among the nation’s most business-friendly states in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s (SBEC) Business Tax Index for 2009. The SBEC annually assesses the tax climates for business and entrepreneurs in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Q. My company was forced to lay off some employees. Do we have to subsidize COBRA payments for married ex-workers?