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Deducting Travel, Entertainment, Meals, and Gifts as a Business Expense

The key to maximizing your tax savings is knowing the best ways to deduct business operating expenses to produce the very lowest taxable income. First, you'll need to learn about deductible business expenses to understand how your business income is taxed. We've written about —and provided examples of— a handful of expense types, including the costs of going into business, and now entertainment, meals, gifts, and travel. Entertainment and Meals Deductible business entertainment can be any activity for amusement...

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Tax Deductions: The Costs of Going Into Business

What tax deductions can you take for the money you spend before opening the doors to your new venture? These costs are commonly referred to as start-up costs. The 3 Tax Rules Behind Start-up Costs There are three start-up tax rules to choose from, and one bonus rule. Run the numbers trying each of the rules discussed below to see which produces the greatest tax benefit. Most people like to deduct as much as possible right away and...

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What Is A Deductible Business Expense?

Small business owners and self-employed people are always looking for ways to maximize their tax savings. The key to legally cutting your business taxes to the bone is knowing the best ways to deduct business operating expenses to produce the very lowest taxable income. That’s the focus of this article. We’ll complete the picture with the rules for writing off assets purchased for your business. First, how is your business income taxed? The U.S. government taxes a...

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Tax Law for Small Business Owners

Take it from one small business owner to another: Operating a business without the right tax knowledge is like skydiving without a parachute—certain to end in calamity. Many business failures stem from ignoring the record keeping and taxes. Like it or not, the government is always your business partner. Tax knowledge has powerful money-saving potential. It can give you a fatter bottom line than your competitors who don’t bother to learn. For instance, there are several ways...

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How to Apply for an Estate EIN or TIN Online [9-Step Guide]

An EIN—also known as an employer identification number—is often used to identify an estate when there is an active probate. The EIN is provided by the IRS and should be obtained by the personal representative or executor once the letters testamentary or letters of administration have been issued. The EIN is necessary for the personal representative to open up an estate bank account at a local or national bank. The estate bank account is used to...

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Offer in compromise: How to Get the IRS to Accept Your Offer

Would you like to wipe your tax slate clean at an enormous discount? The IRS has accepted less than 1% of a tax bill and called it even. There is no legal right to ever have a valid tax bill reduced by the IRS. It is entirely a matter of government discretion whether or not you qualify for an Offer in Compromise—referred to as an Offer or an OIC. In all but a few instances, the...

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Estate Planning: Why Everyone Needs an Estate Plan

As an estate planning attorney, I see all the benefits a properly organized estate can offer on a daily basis. The benefits of estate planning aren't likely as evident to others and I wanted to help share some information on what an estate plan is, the benefits it offers, and how to get started. What is Estate Planning? Estate planning is the creation of a definite plan for managing your wealth while you’re alive and distributing your...

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What is a Florida Lady Bird Deed?

A common question we get is what in the world is a Florida lady bird deed? A lady bird deed—also known as an enhanced life estate deed—is a type of deed that allows an individual to make sure that their property does not pass through probate to pass to their beneficiaries after death. Overview A Lady Bird deed is increasing in popularity because it saves beneficiaries thousands of dollars in probate fees (and the headache of probate),...

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Tax Audit FAQ: Common Issues When Dealing With the IRS

In this article, we have collected the 20 most commonly asked questions about tax audits and briefly answered them for your reading pleasure. Explore our tax content to find in-depth information about each question. Frequently Asked Questions Our website is filled with an in-depth discussion regarding specific dealings with the IRS. Sometimes, all one needs is a quick tip. Below is a list of the questions I am most frequently asked with regard to handling IRS audits. Thankfully,...

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IRS Audits: Timing is Everything

The IRS is powerful, but not without limit. After getting over the shock of reading “we have selected your federal income tax return for examination,” look carefully at the year or years on the audit notice. In general, after you file a tax return, the IRS has only three years to begin and end an audit of that return. If you filed it before the due date, April 15, the three years start running from April 15. If...

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