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Income Taxes

The first Form 1040 in 1914 was a mere 5 lines of information. Today, the Internal Revenue Code spans 5 volumes with over 700 pages each in 8 point font. This doesn’t include the associated regulations. This section covers the income tax and how the small business entrepreneur deals with proper filing and the associated deadlines.

Double Taxation – Not an Issue in Small Business

02/08/2017

In the world of big business corporate earnings are taxed twice under the Internal Revenue Code.   The first layer of taxation occurs with the traditional corporate income tax.   The second tier of taxation happens when dividends are issued to [...]

Nondeductible Expenses in Small Business

02/10/2015

One of the more significant expenses for the small business owners is income taxes.  Since most small businesses are tax pass through entities, it is beneficial to the business to have the least amount of net income in order to reduce the tax [...]

Estimated Tax Payments – Why and How

01/25/2015

In the normal taxpayer relationship with the Internal Revenue Service, the taxpayer is an employee and via withholding, taxes are paid the U.S. Government by the employer.  Basically the employer pays the tax after each payroll run on behalf of all [...]

Mileage Deduction – Rate for 2015

01/01/2015

On December 10, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service announced the mileage rate deduction for 2015.  They increased the amount allowed 1.5 cents to 57.5 cents per mile.  So how do you calculate and use the mileage rate formula for tax purposes?  If [...]

Mailbox Rule in Business

12/03/2014

There is one tax rule that confuses business owners and it relates to the year-end practice of paying bills and receiving compensation for receivables.  This is referred to as the ‘Mailbox Rule’.  This is strictly a tax issue for cash basis [...]

At-Risk Rules – An Elementary Understanding

10/28/2014

Code Section 465 of the Internal Revenue Code defines ‘At-Risk’ as the financial value the taxpayer has in jeopardy related to the business activity the taxpayer is invested in as some form of an owner.  Effectively, the taxpayer may only take [...]

Phantom Income

10/27/2014

Those small businesses using partnership or S-Corporation formats issue Form K-1 to the respective owners.  When income is assigned to the owner and there is no corresponding cash related to that income, then this income is referred to as [...]

Form 1099-C: Cancellation of Debt

06/16/2014

If you received a 1099-C, the first question you ask is: ‘Do I have to include this in my taxable income?’  Well, the answer is ‘it depends’.  Not what you want to hear but there is a lot of variables involved in answering this question.  [...]

Capital Expenditures – IRS Definition

01/21/2014

The Internal Revenue Service uses a complex definition to identify capital expenditures (assets).  A capital expenditure is not deductible as an expense in the tax year purchased; the taxpayer or entity must use depreciation, amortization or [...]
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