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  • 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

     
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    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....
     

    State Tax Information

     
    All states also have their own tax system. Typically there is a tax on real estate, and there may be additional income taxes, sales taxes, and excise taxes. Oil and mineral producing states often have a severance tax, which is similar to an excise tax in that tax is paid on products produced, rather than on sales. Taxes on hotel rooms are common, and politically popular because the taxpayers usually do not vote in the jurisdiction levying the tax. These states do not levy an individual income tax: Alaska, Florida, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming....
     

    Furnishing Evidence in E-Tax Compliance

     
    Self-assessment relies on taxpayers voluntarily meeting their tax obligations. This concept is recognised in all tax statutes, which sets out taxpayers' primary obligations, and clearly spells out that taxpayers are required to determine the amount of tax payable correctly and to pay it on time. Disclosure in this context serves two main purposes. First, it is necessary to provide information for audit selection. Secondly, disclosure is relevant to the issue of the abatement of penalties. Taxpayers have a statutory obligation to disclose to the Commissioner in a timely and useful way all information required to be disclosed under the tax laws....
     
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