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Is it smart to get tax refund?

Around tax time, we often hear the question, “Is it smart to get a tax refund?”  The answer really falls into the ‘it depends’ category. In general, I am not a big fan of getting refunds.  Anytime in today’s world that you give the Government an interest free loan of your money for a year is probably not a good idea.  When you get a refund, you withheld too much money out of your paycheck over the course of the year.  When your actual tax calculation is done at year end, you will receive the excess withholding back in the form of a refund.   This means that you should really sit with your accountant, CPA, or financial advisor and adjust that withholding number for the current tax year.   If you are going to put more money back into your paycheck, make sure you have those dollars systematically saved into some type of savings or investment vehicle so you don’t spend ...

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Great Small Business Tax Deductions

Don’t miss these fourteen tax deductions for your small business. It’s simple: The more tax deductions your business can legitimately take, the lower its taxable profit will be. Also, in addition to putting more money into your pocket at the end of the year, the tax code provisions that govern deductions can also yield a personal benefit: a nice car to drive at a small cost, or a combination business trip and vacation. It all depends on paying careful attention to IRS rules on just what is — and isn’t — deductible. When you’re totaling up your business’s expenses at the end of the year, don’t overlook these 14 common business deductions. 1. Auto Expenses If you use your car for business, or your business owns its own vehicle, you can deduct some of the costs of keeping it on the road. Mastering the rules of car expense deductions can be tricky, but well worth your while. There are two ...

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What Tax Deductions Could Go Away In The Future?

All of us know that the United States is in a massive federal deficit. Most pundits on television are letting us know that taxes in some way, shape, or form will have to up. That seems reasonable. Any business that is losing money will eventually have to cut expenses, and figure out how to generate more revenue. We couldn’t cut expenses near enough to solve our problem, so the certainty of some form of increased taxation is an inevitability we will face in the future in my opinion. The one thing that I don’t hear much talk about is that increasing taxes isn’t the only way to generate additional revenue, but you could certainly choose to reduce overall tax deductions that we take today as another source for increasing additional revenue. According to a recent study done by the Joint Committee On Taxation (source: Fiscal Year 2010 Budget: Analytical Perspectives. OMB./Table 19-3), here are the top 5 potential sources of ...

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2010 Mileage Rates!

As each year changes, so do the deductions we can take every year as it relates to mileage with business, charitable, and medical mileage. I often find that people I meet don’t keep the best track of these records, and every dollar you save can help you increase your bottom line. The Internal Revenue Service issued the 2010 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical, or moving purposes. Beginning on January 1st of this year, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (vans, pickups, or trucks) will be: 50 cents per mile for business miles driven 16.5 cents per mile for medical or moving purposes 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations The new rates for business, medical and moving purposes are slightly lower than last year’s. The mileage rates reflect generally lower transportation costs compared to a year ago. The standard mileage ...

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