Don't overlook your home office
If you use a portion of your home for business, you may be able to take a home office deduction whether you are self-employed or an employee. Expenses that you may be able to deduct for business use of the home may include the business portion of real estate taxes, mortgage interest, rent, utilities, insurance, depreciation, painting, and repairs.
|If your business owns a vehicle that is available for an employee's personal and business use, the vehicle is nevertheless considered used 100 percent for business on the business tax return. The personal-use percentage is included on the employee's W-2 as additional compensation.|
Know the rules before claiming a dependent
If you are a divorced or separated parent, the rules for determining which one of you can claim the children as dependents is confusing at best. A few years ago, the IRS created rules that provided a uniform definition of a child for purposes of claiming certain tax benefits such as the head of household filing status, the child tax credit, the dependent care credit, arid the earned income tax credit.
|It doesn't appear that a college education will get cheaper any time soon. Look into establishing a qualified tuition plan for your children. The earnings in the account grow tax-free. As long as the funds are spent on qualified education expenses, there are no tax consequences. Plus, there may be an added tax benefit at your state level.|