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A few years back, the rules for deducting business-related entertainment expenses changed. The deduction was cut in half, only allowing you to deduct 50% of the expense. This was a bit of a blow to many small businesses, and since then we’ve all been trying to find ways around the 50% limit.

There are a number of different ways you can max out your entertainment deduction. Some of the most common include:

Entertain in your home, and conduct business. Your home is conducive to business. If there is a business intent to a gathering and business is discussed or conducted, you may be able to deduct the costs. Beyond that, however, if the business is in the form of a… 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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