Section 179 - Tax Relief From Depreciation Rules
"Depreciation." For business owners, this word is the one most likely to inspire headaches and fits of cussing. The expanded provisions of Section 179 are just the medicine you need to cure the depreciation blues.
Traditionally, if your business property had a life of more than one year, the cost had to be deducted over several tax years. The number of years depended on the characteristics of the property, which made depreciation the flag-bearing example of the complexities of the tax code....
Small Businesses: Company Car Vs. Personal Mileage Reimbursement In Hurricane Katrinas Wake
With gas prices at an all time high before Hurricane Katrina left her mark on our nation, most Americans were hoping that gas prices would settle down once summer passed. But gas prices have jumped as much as 80 cents a gallon across the country once Hurricane Katrina destroyed the Gulf Coast and impacted all of our lives.
While Hurricane Katrina is a horrible tragedy, it's not just affecting the Big Easy. Hurricane Katrina will impact every single American that commutes to work, takes a vacation, or shops online....
Where to Find Tax Breaks for Your Home Based Business
April 15th looms in front of most people every year like a big, full moon full influencing a tax based frenzy, but knowing where to find tax breaks for your home based business can make that frenzy a little less frantic and more beneficial to you and your home based business. Finding tax breaks for your home based business is not overly difficult, but make sure you discuss tax breaks for your home based business with the person doing your taxes.
A great way to find those tax breaks for your home based business is to get information from your local municipality as to what fees you will have to pay and what the available tax breaks for your home based business are available....
Rearrange Your Affairs For Maximum Tax Savings
One way to maximize your business profits is by reducing your taxes. Frequently, income and other taxes could be lowered significantly if only the taxpayer were willing to plan ahead. By taking some simple steps to rearrange your affairs, you could save a fortune!
1. Are You Splitting Your Business Income?
You may pay reasonable salaries to spouse or children through your incorporated or unincorporated business. If you are not doing so, you may be missing out on some real tax savings.
In the Canadian Federal Budget of February 16, 1999, measures were introduced to discourage income splitting with minor children through family trusts....
How To Set Up A Tax-Saving Bookkeeping System
To Tax or Not to Tax - This is the Question
To tax or not to tax - this question could have never been asked twenty years ago.
Historically, income tax is a novel invention. Still, it became so widespread and so socially accepted that no one dared challenge it seriously. In the lunatic fringes there were those who refused to pay taxes and served prison sentences as a result. Some of them tried to translate their platforms into political power and established parties, which failed dismally in the polls. But some of what they said made sense....
Rental Property Tax Deductions
Own residential rental properties? This article discusses how income from those properties impacts your taxes.
What Constitutes Revenue?
Yeah, Yeah, But What Can I Deduct?
1. Expenses incurred in finding tenants,
2. Commissions paid to third parties that arrange for tenants,
3. Paying your accountant and/or lawyer,
4. Mileage for driving to and from the property [I said, "No more parties!"]
5. Depreciation of the property,
6. Depreciation of items in the property such as washing machines, furniture, etc....
Keeping Your Own Money - NOT Handing It Over To The Taxman
Most people trying to make a crust online (or offline for that matter) are so focused on doing just that, they ignore taking simple steps to ensure that they hang on to just as much of it as they can. Instead, they hand over large lumps of their hard-earned money in tax, usually in one of two mistaken beliefs. Either:
It's a good thing, a sure sign of a civilised society. Or,
If they don't, the Feds will "get them", fining them, expropriating their assets, maybe even jailing them....
Six Urban Myths About Taxation
Six Urban Myths - Taxation
"I am proud to be paying taxes? I could be just as proud for half the money." - Arthur Godfrey
Temporary Taxation in Canada
In 1917, the Income War Tax Act (7-8 George V, Chap. 28) introduced Canadians to a 'temporary' tax on corporate and personal income.
After 88 years it's safe to say that the first myth of taxation is that Parliament considers taxation to be 'temporary.'
Taxation Isn't Constitutional
You've heard that it is against Canada's Constitution for the federal government to collect income taxes....
Alas! In E-Commerce Taxland
In trying to comply with tax laws for your e-business, you may find yourself falling down the rabbit-hole, going through the looking glass, and attending a Mad Tea-Party.
Common sense, logic, and fairness never did apply fully to the field of taxation but this is especially true of e-commerce transactions.
1. Canada Customs Welcomes You to Canada!
Since I`m located in Canada, let`s start here.
Canada has what you might call a national sales taxor a value added tax (VAT). This Goods and Services Tax (G....
1031 Exchange Rules and Requirements
Following is a reproduction of the IRS's rules and requirements for 1031 tax deferred exchanges with regards to real property. If you have any questions regarding the sale of your real property or questions about what qualifies for a 1031 exchange or not, please consult your tax professional.
Sec. 1031. - Exchange of property held for productive use or investment
(a) Nonrecognition of gain or loss from exchanges solely in kind
(1) In general
No gain or loss shall be recognized on the exchange of property held for productive use in a trade or business or for investment if such property is exchanged solely for property of like kind which is to be held either for productive use in a trade or business or for investment....
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.
1. Understand the rules. A good place to read the government rule on car donation is IRS Publication 4303, A Donor's Guide to Car Donations (available on the IRS's website at www. irs. gov). This guide outlines some important rules regarding car donation. For example, one important rule states that car donation must be made to qualified organizations in order to be tax deductible....
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