tax savings

We’re sure you’re aware that there is a right way and a wrong way to do your taxes. But sometimes, tax deductions aren’t as “cut and dry” as they seem.

Take, for instance, the junkyard owner who had a rodent problem. Instead of hiring an exterminator, he bought cat food and put it out to attract feral cats. The cats took care of his problem and he claimed the cost of cat food as a business expense.

Or how about the taxpayer who tried to claim the cost of a daily sitter for his dog? It seems this pet owner thought his dog was unable to make it through the day alone.

One of those deductions was successful. Can you … Read more →

From the perspective of your tax return, a business loss is a good thing. A business loss reduces your overall income, and thereby reduces your income taxes. For many small businesses, properly planning your tax strategy for the year means identifying whether you have a net loss for your business.

Of course, there comes some risk with having a net loss; the IRS can take an active interest in businesses with a loss, especially those that have a loss year after year.

Here are some smart strategies for deducting and preserving your business losses, as well as some information you need to know:

If you’re going to have a business loss, some deductions should be deferred. For example, you might… Read more →

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