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By month:December 2008

Do You Have What It Takes to Deduct Your Holiday Parties

Holiday parties trigger a variety of tax rules. Some parties, or parts of parties, are 100 percent deductible. Make sure that your chart of accounts has a place for 100 percent entertainment and a place for 50 percent entertainment deductions.

20 Last-Minute Tax-Planning Tips for 2008

As the end of the year arrives, you still have time to pocket some tax money. The 20 strategies in this article have a wide range, from getting married to selling your old vehicle. Spend a few minutes and pick up some last minute tips.

Husband and Wife 1099s

When husband and wife receive individual 1099s from the same firm, they generally can improve their after-tax cash results by having one spouse earn the 1099 income and having the other spouse work as an employee.

Birthday Party Prospecting

To deduct a birthday party as a business expense, you must convincingly demonstrate a direct association with business activity.

Section 105 Plan for Rental Properties

When a couple owns an LLC, they can obtain the benefits of a section 105 medical plan by filing as a single member LLC.

Section 179 on a Pickup Truck

The section 179 deduction can allow a write-off of up to $250,000 on a Toyota Tundra truck. The big write offs are easy to lose if the truck is not kept and used correctly and for the appropriate amount of time.

Court Calls Deductions “Beyond Belief”

The Langers owe almost $70,000 in taxes and penalties after claiming their swimming pool and other household items as incentive program deductions for Mrs. Langers’ piano teaching business. Mr. Langer is a former IRS agent.

2009 IRS Standard Mileage Rates Released

The IRS has issued the 2009 standard mileage rates that self-employed taxpayers and employees may use for deductions in the use of business cars, vans, pickups, and panel trucks.

Benefiting from the Bailout Game

The federal bailout is going to create tremendous opportunities and some selective pitfalls during 2009.


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