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.

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?

The so-called “manufacturing deduction” isn’t limited to companies that manufacture products only in the traditional sense. It’s available to a wider range of business operations. Strategy: See whether your company can squeeze through one of the Section 199 loopholes. If you qualify, you are eligible to deduct up to 6% of your qualified production activity income (QPAI) for the year.

Are you thinking of donating a boat or a car to charity? Maybe you can’t afford to simply give it away. Strategy: Arrange a “bargain sale.” Unlike a regular charitable donation, you get cash back from the charity plus a write-off based on the difference between the bargain sale price and the property’s fair market value.

SmartMoney.com recently posted an article about “hidden” tax truths. Here’s a condensed and updated version of "10 Things the IRS Won't Tell You":

The Keystone State ranked 29th out of 51 jurisdictions in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s (SBEC) Business Tax Index for 2009, a score that would have been better if it didn’t have the nation’s highest state corporate tax rate.