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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.

Conventional wisdom says to salt away as much money as you can in tax-sheltered retirement plans and IRAs. Reason: The contributions grow tax-deferred until you take withdrawals, usually when you’ve retired. But can you have too much of a good thing?

Don’t take an unrealistic position on your tax return or fail to file one based on some flimsy reason. The IRS annually targets tax positions and arguments it considers “frivolous.” Here's its list for the ’08 tax filing season. (IRS Notice 2008-14)

Q. We provide PDAs to virtually all our employees, some of whom are nonexempt. This enables them to send and respond to e-mails at all hours of the day and night. Does an employee’s time spent on his or her PDA outside of work count as hours worked?

The IRS and the individual states figure they have a better chance at catching employment tax scofflaws by working together.

Under the Economic Stimulus Act, business owners can cash in a bigger Section 179 deduction for 2008, plus a 50% “bonus depreciation” deduction. So there’s extra tax incentive to acquire qualified business assets this year.

It often makes sense for itemizers to prepay state and local property taxes. But there’s no tax benefit for nonitemizers, such as your elderly parents or in-laws, who claim the standard deduction. Strategy: Encourage nonitemizers to prepay this year.

If you’re a surviving spouse, you can qualify for the $500,000 joint-filer home-sale gain exclusion if you file a joint return for the year of your spouse’s death and sell your home in that year. But this rule gives you precious little time to make plans during an emotionally charged time. 

 

Q. My mother, who lives in Columbia, is giving me $75,000. Does that create any income or gift tax problems for me?

Usually, you have to pay a 10% penalty tax — on top of the regular federal income tax you owe — if you withdraw money from a traditional IRA before age 59½. But this rule comes with a few key exceptions ...

According to a new survey by SurePayroll, 81% of small business owners say they’ve never received outside equity or debt financing.