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.

Q. We may have to pay environmental cleanup costs as a result of an investigation. Can we write off all of the costs on this year’s return?

Suppose your employees regularly incur business expenses that are not reimbursed by your company. For example, they might personally pay for business travel or tools. If that’s the case, there’s a way you can save income tax for employees while cutting employment tax for your company: Set up a salary reduction plan.

The IRS now requires many small business owners to use its Electronic Federal Tax Payment System to deposit employment taxes. Your business must use the electronic method if it has aggregate tax deposits of more than $200,000 ... If your company doesn’t comply, it may be assessed a 10% excise tax for failing to deposit taxes on time—even if the taxes are deposited in a timely manner by other means.

A recent government study showed that the average small business overpaid its taxes by $11,638. That’s sad enough. But sadder still is the fact that the tax code is actually written to favor small businesses like yours.

The rules for home-office deductions are particularly tough for corporate employees. Even if you legitimately use a home office for business purposes, you may not be entitled to a deduction. It doesn’t matter if you’re the owner of the company. Strategy: Rent the office to the company, which can deduct the rent payments as a business expense. You must pay income tax on the rent payments, but won’t owe employment taxes.

A new Tax Court decision could produce a better tax result for many owners of LLCs and partners in LLPs. Strategy: Use a loss from an LLC or LLP to offset other highly taxed income. Previously, it was presumed that such losses usually could be used only to offset income from other “passive” activities. But the new case has opened the door to bigger tax savings.

Time is running out on a unique tax break for older taxpayers with charitable intentions. Strategy: Donate funds directly from your IRA. Instead of taking a taxable withdrawal and contributing what’s left after taxes, give the full amount to charity. There’s no tax due on the distribution.

Q. Our company is hiring temporary workers for a big upcoming job. Do we have to treat them as employees?

True or false: Employees are either creative or they’re not—creativity isn’t a skill you can teach. False. Managers can play a key role in creating an environment in which employees will want to look for new ideas. Share this article with your supervisors to help tap employee creativity.

There’s more than just semantics involved when you’re talking about the tax treatment of “repairs” for a business building versus “improvements.” On one hand, the cost of repairs made by your business is currently deductible. On the other, the cost of improvements must be capitalized and written off over time via depreciation deductions.