Before tax reform, an employee could deduct unreimbursed job expenses and other miscellaneous expenses that were more than two percent of adjusted gross income (AGI) as long as they itemized instead of taking the standard deduction. Starting in 2018, however, most taxpayers can no longer claim unreimbursed employee expenses as miscellaneous itemized deductions unless they are a qualified employee or eligible educator.
Small Business: Rent Expenses May Be Tax-deductible
If you’re a small business owner just starting out, you may not realize that some rent expenses may be deductible on your tax return. Here are some things small business owners should keep in mind when it comes to deducting rental expenses:
Good News: Most Rentals Qualify as Section 199A Businesses
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) tax reform added new tax code Section 199A, which created a 20 percent tax deduction possibility for you if your rental property (a) has profits and (b) can qualify as a trade or business.
Tax FOMO: Are You Losing $1,000s in Tax Savings?
The Power of Hiring a small business accountant CPA (And What Could Happen if You Don’t)
You know about FOMO or “fear of missing out” when it comes to skipping a good NYC party. You should also have a very healthy fear of losing out on tax savings. How? By trusting anyone other than a qualified small business CPA to handle your taxes! Now, if you have a very simple tax return, it’s perfectly fine to go the do-it-yourself route. However, if you’re a small business owner, make over six figures, or have multiple investments, at least meet with a small business CPA – and do it ASAP…before the tax year really gets going.
IRS “Safe Harbor” for Section 199A Rental Properties
Safe harbor! It sounds wonderful.
Obviously, you are going to be comfortable in a safe harbor. And if you said you don’t want comfort, you might be thought of as a little loony.
You may sense that we are not jumping with joy about this new safe harbor for Section 199A rental property. It’s true; our joy quotient is a little low on this safe harbor because of the work involved.
Our feeling is that you did this work, so your property is a trade or business with no safe harbor needed. Of course, the safe harbor gives you comfort, so we need to examine what’s involved.
With the new safe harbor, the IRS thinks it is your new friend when it comes to claiming the Section 199A 20 percent tax deduction on your rental real estate profits.
Standard vs. Itemized Deductions
When completing a tax return, taxpayers have two options: take the standard deduction or itemize their deductions. Most taxpayers use the option that gives them the lowest overall tax. Due to all the tax law changes in recent years, including increases to the standard deduction, that means taking the standard deduction – but not always. Let’s look at a few details about these two options.
Small Business: Deducting Startup Costs
If you’ve recently started a business – or are thinking about starting a business – you should know that as an owner, all eligible costs incurred before you began operating the business are treated as capital expenditures. As such, they are part of the cost basis for the business.
Q&A: No Business Income, No Home-Office Deduction: Wrong
My CPA told me that if I didn’t have any income in 2022, I couldn’t have a home-office deduction. True or false?
First, this is bad advice, as you will see.
Standard Mileage Rates for 2023
Beginning on January 1, 2023, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be as follows. These rates apply to electric and hybrid-electric automobiles, as well as gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles.
Small Business Taxpayers: The Year in Review
Year-end tax planning is an essential part of maximizing the tax burden of small businesses. Here’s what business owners need to know about tax provisions for 2022: