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.

With the possible exception of employment law, the legal profession has been hit hard by the recession. Today’s law school graduates are now competing with cadres of laid-off attorneys for dwindling positions. So, Loyola University Chicago School of Law has devised a way for law students to weather the economic storm.

New Jersey finished next to last 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.

North Carolina finished in the bottom third of states ranked in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s (SBEC) Business Tax Index for 2009. The Tar Heel State placed 38th overall, well below neighboring South Carolina (11th), Tennessee (13th), Virginia (16th) and Georgia (19th).

Minnesota finished near the bottom in the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council’s (SBEC) Business Tax Index for 2009. The only ones ranking lower than Minnesota: New Jersey and the District of Columbia.

Soon after Gary Lizalek was hired at a Wisconsin medical firm, he informed the company that he believed, as a matter of religious faith, that he was three separate beings. The company fired all three Lizaleks. He sued, saying the company failed to accommodate his religious beliefs.

All of a sudden, the retirement nest egg you’ve been building all these years might not be enough. And you probably have less time left to make up for lost ground than most of your other employees. That’s especially true if you haven’t been able to max out on plan contributions in the past. Strategy: Add an “age-weighted” feature to a profit-sharing plan.

Treasury has formally released its explanations of President Obama’s tax proposals for the 2010 fiscal year. The long-awaited “Green Book” provides vital in-depth information for both individual and business taxpayers. The proposed tax changes hit hard: Revenue-raisers aimed at individuals total more than $736 billion over 10 years while business tax cuts amount to $71 billion over the same period.

You might not be able to pay for additional benefits during a recession, but some organizations are finding ways to plump their menu of perks at no cost. Here are some practical, easy-to-implement ideas for you to try:

Umpqua Bank makes it easy for its 1,700 employees to comply with a strict, professional dress code: It lends them money to buy clothes. Since 1996, the bank, with 150 branches, has advanced money to any employee who asks for it—up to $1,000 a year—to spend on work clothes.

Q. An employee has requested one hour of unpaid intermittent FMLA leave. Can we require him to use up a half or full day of leave instead?