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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If your firm is tagged as a “personal service corporation” (PSC), it must pay tax at a flat rate of 35% (the current highest average tax rate for C corps). You can’t benefit from the graduated rate structure like other corporations. As a result, your company might have to fork over thousands of extra tax dollars each year. That’s what happened to a land surveying firm in a new case.
Q. Our company pays monthly bonuses to hourly employees based on the previous month’s performance. When calculating overtime, should the bonus pay be included only for the weekly payroll that contains those bonuses, or does it change the overtime rate for other weekly pay periods as well?

Don’t expect the taxman to go easy on you in retirement. When you start collecting Social Security retirement benefits, up to 85% of the benefits may be taxable. Strategy: Be proactive about taxation of Social Security benefits. Depending on your situation, you can use one or more of four strategies to reduce or eliminate tax liability.

Are you tired of paying tax twice on income as a C corporation owner? First, income is taxed to the corporation as it is earned and then again to you personally when it is paid out as dividends. To avoid the double tax whammy, consider a switch to S corporation status. But watch out for the built-in gains (BIG) tax.

You might think of life insurance strictly as income replacement for your family if you should suddenly die. So, at some point, you don’t need that big whole life policy anymore. Strategy: Donate life insurance to charity. As long as you don’t retain any “incidents of ownership” in the policy—such as the right to change the beneficiary—you can claim a current tax deduction for your generosity.

The tax law limits write-offs for vacation home rentals if your personal use exceeds the greater of 14 days or 10% of the days the home is rented. In that case, your deductions are limited to the amount of your rental income. Strategy: Make sure your annual use doesn’t cross the 14-day/10% barrier.

The IRS recently provided data about itemized tax deductions claimed on 2008 returns in the Winter 2010 Statistics of Income (SOI) Bulletin. The SOI Bulletin may be used to compute “average deductions” for taxpayers. If you’re “above average,” you could face greater exposure to audit risk.
Q. If my FSA covers medical expenses, can I also deduct them on my tax return?
Many entrepreneurs are proud of how hard they work, and of the long hours they have invested into building a strong business. Anyone who has built a company knows the hours are long. But when selling a business, it’s much better to be tan. If you cannot take a vacation or need to work 80 hours a week to make the business work, your selling price just went down.
Take time to assess your tax situation. By making a few moves midway through the year, you can cut your 2010 tax bill by hundreds or thousands of dollars. On the other hand, if you wait until the end of the year to seize these tax-saving opportunities, it’s often too late. Here are 10 timely techniques to contemplate.
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