Be sure to deduct every legitimate expense

Amounts you spend in the course of conducting business are generally deductible from the gross income of that business. This includes any start-up expenses. You can claim amounts spent for items ordinary and necessary in your trade or business as a deduction against your income. Otherwise, the amounts are amortized, depreciated, or expensed depending on the nature of the purchases.

The IRS scrutinizes entertainment and meal expenses more than others because of the potential for abuse. You'll need to keep track of the business that was discussed during these events. Other expenses such as computers, and cars are specially classified as listed property because they can be used for both personal and business use. The IRS requires you to keep written documentation of the business use of your car and computer, plus meals and entertainment expenses, so be sure to keep accurate records.

Expenses must be directly related to your trade or business to qualify as a deduction; amounts spent on items that may help you indirectly do not necessarily qualify. However, to decrease your profit, be sure to deduct every legitimate expense that you can reasonably prove. Take advantage of your tax preparer's expertise throughout the year to assist you with tax planning opportunities as they arise.

Tax Tips Small Business

  • Deducting the Business Use of Your Home

    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.

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Small Business Quick Tip

  • Business Credit Card

    Use your credit card to buy equipment and supplies that you will need in the upcoming year. Charges on your credit card for deductible business expenses are allowed in the year you make the purchase, not in the year the charge is paid. Pay off your credit card after the beginning of the year and avoid finance charges.
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Tax Tips Personal

  • Cleaning Out Your Closets?

    Items you donate may not qualify for a deduction

    It used to be that you could take all your unused clothing and household items to the local Goodwill, Salvation Army, or thrift store and reap a nice charitable contribution deduction.

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Personal Quick Tip

  • Mileage Rates

     

    Beginning January 1, 2017, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (including vans, pickups, or panel trucks) are:
    • 53.5 cents per mile for business miles driven;
    • 17 cents per mile for all miles driven for medical or moving purposes; and
    • 14 cents per mile for all miles drive for charitable purposes.