Finance & Accounting

Tax Bites: Timing business income and expenses to your tax advantage

Typically, it’s better to defer tax. Here are two timing strategies that can help businesses do this: 1. Defer income to next year. If your business uses the cash method of accounting, you can defer billing for your products or services. Or, … Continue reading

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Tax Bites: AMT triggers could boost your tax bill if you’re not careful

A fundamental tax planning strategy is to accelerate deductible expenses into the current year. This typically will defer — and in some cases permanently reduce — your taxes. But there are exceptions. One is if the additional deductions this year trigger the … Continue reading

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Tax Bites: Self-employed? Save more by setting up your own retirement plan

If you’re self-employed, you may be able to set up a retirement plan that allows you to make much larger contributions than you could make as an employee. For example, the maximum 2014 employee contribution to a 401(k) plan is $17,500 — … Continue reading

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Tax Bites: Donating appreciated stock can offer substantial tax benefits

Are you planning to make charitable donations before year end? Do you own appreciated stock that you’d like to sell, but you’re concerned about the tax hit? Then consider donating it to charity rather than making a cash gift. Appreciated publicly traded … Continue reading

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Tax Bites: Maximizing Depreciation Deductions in an Uncertain Tax Environment

For assets with a useful life of more than one year, businesses generally must depreciate the cost over a period of years. Special breaks are available in some circumstances, but uncertainty currently surrounds them: Section 179 expensing. This allows you to deduct, … Continue reading

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