Tax Reduction Tips
In the rush to get tax returns prepared and filed by April 15th, many overpay their taxes. Following are a few tax reduction tips that could help you save a bundle.
Tax Credit For Starting A Small Business Pension Plan
Establishing a pension plan can help you retain important employees. What many business owners don't realize is a tax credit can be claimed if the business has 100 or fewer employees. Meet this requirement and you can take a tax credit of up to $500 in each of the first three years of the plan. Tax credits are extremely valuable because they are deducted directly from the taxes you owe, not gross revenues.
The credit is 50% of certain start up costs you incur in each of the first three years. The costs include the expenses incurred in establishing and maintaining the plan. They also include the cost of any educational retirement planning programs you provide for employees.
For example, first assume that you spent $1,500 starting a pension plan for your employees in 2004. Next assume that you will spend $1,200 in both 2005 and 2006 for maintaining the program and educating your employees. In this scenario, you would be eligible to claim a tax credit of $500 in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Personal Loans To Business
Many business owners lose track of loans they make to their business. As a result, they incorrectly classify the proceeds of the loan as part of their gross revenues. This artificially raises the gross revenues of the business and adds to the tax liability. Closely review your records for 2004 to make sure you are not making this mistake. Pay particular attention to charges on personal credit cards. You will be surprised how quickly the numbers add up.
SUV Deduction Wounded, But Still Alive
Much has been made about the "SUV Tax Deduction" that allowed purchasers of SUVs over 6,000 pounds to immediately deduct up to $100,000 of the cost. Many mistakenly believe that the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 eliminated this deduction. It did not. Instead, it reduced the deduction to $25,000 with the remaining amount allocated to depreciation. This is still a significant immediate deduction. If you purchased a non-SUV truck that weighed over 6,000 pounds in 2004, you are not restricted to a "mere" $25,000 deduction.
Tsunami Relief Contributions Paid in 2005
Millions of Americans contributed to charitable organizations providing relief to Tsunami victims. Typically, charitable contributions are deducted in the year they are made. New legislation, however, allows you to deduct Tsunami contributions you made in January 2005 on your 2004 tax returns. Alternatively, you can wait and deduct the donation on 2005 returns. Unfortunately, you cannot deduct the contribution on both!
Sales Tax Deduction
If you itemize deductions, you have a choice of deducting your state and local income taxes OR your state and local sales tax. This option is available for the 2004 and 2005 tax years. If you live in a state that does not collect income tax, the optional sales tax deduction should be claimed for significant tax savings. See IRS Publication 600 for more information.
Deduction for Discrimination Lawsuit Costs
If you were required to pay attorney's fees and court costs associated with a discrimination lawsuit, you may be able to claim a tax deduction. The deduction is available only for costs and fees incurred after October 22, 2004 in relation to a judgment and settlement. The deduction is not limited by the alternative minimum tax. Realistically, this deduction will be more viable for the 2005 tax year, but a few taxpayers may be eligible this year.
There are numerous deductions and credits available if you take the time to look for them. Taxes can be confusing, but the savings justify the time and effort of finding all available deductions and credits.
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Amending Procedural Laws for Collection of E-taxation
The electronic transaction ordinance defines the certificated copies in which are to be presented for adjudication. Where any law requires or permits the production of certified copies of any records, such requirement or permission shall extend to print outs or other forms of display of electronic documents where, in addition to fulfillment of the requirements as may be specified in such law relating to certification, it is verified in the manner laid down by the appropriate authority.
Donating Cars To Charity - New Tax Rules
On June 3, 2005, the IRS released guidance on charitable deductions for donated vehicles. The American Jobs Creation Act (AJCA) radically changed the amount of the deduction taxpayers can claim for their donated car.
Business Tax Loophole: Leasing Assets To Your Corporation
While there are many equally valid reasons to incorporate, saving money on taxes is a consideration that can yield relatively immediate results. Leasing assets to your corporation is a tax strategy you should absolutely consider if you already have a corporation or are thinking about forming one. Here's how it works.
Tax Audits: What Signs Make You More Likely to be Audited by the IRS?
It's a major fear for most Americans: A notice from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) summoning you for an audit.
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Render Unto Caesar
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Surprising Truths About Tax Preparers
Choosing the right tax preparer for your business is a decision best not left until April. A former tax preparer and small business mastermind offers insights into the secret world of tax preparers.
How to Donate Your Car to Charity and Get Tax Deduction
Donating your used car to charity is a win-win situation; the charity gets your gift and you get tax deduction. Below are some simple steps to make a car donation.
Taxation of Forgiven Debt: The 1099C & You
Often people fall on hard times and stop paying on credit cards. After a while the account may go to an outside debt collector who might offer a settlement of the debt for 30-40% of theoriginal sum. Once this is paid, the debtor often thinks the matter is closed, but it is not! It is very likely that the creditor will issue a 1099-C. This is a notice to IRS of the forgiven debt. If the debtor does not address this on his return he may get an IRS bill a year or two later with penalties and interest.
Understanding Basic Tax Terms
If your like many, you don't always understand what people are talking about when it comes to Taxes. It's important to know the main tax terminology, especially when tax season comes around. Knowing the basics will make tax season less of a hassle for you, and maybe even save you some money. There are hundreds of terms; Below are some of the most important:
Tax Tips - Which Tax Form Is Right For Me?
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Small Business Tax Credit - Americans with Disabilities Act
Many small businesses complain when confronted with the expense of complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Most do not realize that there are a number of tax incentives available to offset the costs. Importantly, one tax incentive comes in the form of a tax credit, which is far more valuable than a tax deduction when it comes to creating tax savings.
Small Business Tax Issues for Self-Employed Individuals
The United States is a nation of entrepreneurs. There are literally tens of millions of self-employed individuals that enjoy pursuing their dream business. Of course, few of you enjoy the paperwork and confusing tax issues that arise from owning your own business.
IRS Lock-In Letters ? What?s An Employer To Do?
Employers often ask employees to designate the amount of tax withholdings for paychecks. Occasionally, employees will fail to withhold a sufficient amount in the eyes of the IRS. The IRS will then send a "lock-in" letter on the amount to be withheld. What's an employer to do?
How To Get An Extension To File Your Business Tax Returns
Yes, the tax season is upon with the first filing date for some businesses being March 15, 2005. If you can't imagine getting your tax returns together by that date, you need not worry. The IRS automatically gives you an extension if your file the appropriate form. As you might expect, there are different forms for different businesses.
Corporations Failing To Claim AMT Exemption Overpay Taxes By $11,000
Does your incorporated business pay alternative minimum tax ["AMT]? If so, there is a 93% chance you have been overpaying your taxes by an average of $11,000 a year according to the Treasury Inspector General.
Another Tax Loophole
Just image, you are a small manufacturing company, business has been good, but yesterday you received a call from a customer who wants 50,000 widgets in 45 days. The customer is a large account and if you turn the business down, he may never call you again.
10 Thoughts on Tax Offer in Compromise
Beware of advertisements that claim to settle tax debts for "pennies on the dollar". Check the Offer In Compromise requirements to see if it is right for you.
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