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  • 3). Captial Gains Tax Explained  By : Amy Kay
    Capital Gains tax is a federal tax penalty that is imposed on capital accumulation, investment and productivity. Some of the income that is subject to capital gains tax includes the sale of an investment, a home, a family business, a farm or ranch or even a work of art. The capital gains tax is applied on the difference between the price paid for an item and the money received from selling it, or the capital gain.
    article related to: tax, taxes, finance, financial, money, income, business, revenue

  • 5). Tax Deduction – Meal Per Diems  By : Tim Barrans
    Per Diems deduction can be one of the best flight attendant deductions. This deduction depends on which city you layover in. The IRS states that you can either itemize each city you fly to or you may take a standard rate. If you fly domestic, this standard rate can work to your advantage. We are seeing a nice jump in them minimum about in 2006. Previous the base rate was $31 a day for meals and incidentals; in 2006 the base rate has jumped to $39.
    article related to: taxes, flight attendants, network marketing, tax deductions

  • 6). Three Dumbest LLC Formation Mistakes  By : Stephen L. Nelson, CPA
    I see a lot of dumb llc formation mistakes. Maybe more than most people because I occasionally teach a graduate tax class on LLC formation. Some of the mistakes are made by entrepreneurs and investors trying to save money on accountants and attorney fees. And I guess that’s okay--albeit penny-wise and pound-foolish. But you know what really irks me? Some of these mistakes—in fact, most of them—are made by attorneys and paralegal services… Professionals who should know better.
    article related to: llc formation, forming llc, new york incorporation

  • 7). Figuring Out Your W-4 Withholdings  By : Richard A. Chapo
    If you are employed by a business, you have the ability to play with the withholding on your paycheck. Fortunately, there is an easy way to do this online these days. Figuring Out Your W-4 Withholdings What is one of the happiest days of the year? Holidays excluded, for many people it is the day they get their tax refund check. Yep, cold, hard cash they can spend anyway they want.
    article related to: irs, tax, taxes, forms, w4, w-4, paycheck, returns, withholdings, witholdings

  • 10). Rental Property Tax Deductions  By : Richard A. Chapo
    Own residential rental properties? This article discusses how income from those properties impacts your taxes. What Constitutes Revenue? Generally, rental income is defined as any revenue you receive from the occupancy or use of residential property. Rent, obviously, is included in that revenue. Many owners are surprised to learn revenue also includes rent advancements, expenses paid by a tenant and any security deposits not returned to the tenant.
    article related to: rental property, tax deductions

  • 13). How To Keep The IRS Off Your Back And Out Of Your Life In 2006  By : Wayne M. Davies
    Sorry to crash your party, but as we bring in the New Year, it's also time to bring in a New Tax Season. As a small business owner or self-employed person, one of the easiest ways to keep Uncle Sam off your back and out of your life is to file your forms, payments and other paperwork on time. Over the next four months there are several key dates that you dare not forget! Here they are -- all in one place, along with links to the IRS website PDF file for that particular form, where appropriate.
    article related to: tax, small business tax

  • 14). Section 179 – Tax Relief From Depreciation Rules  By : Richard A. Chapo
    “Depreciation.” For business owners, this word is the one most likely to inspire headaches and fits of cussing. The expanded provisions of Section 179 are just the medicine you need to cure the depreciation blues. Depreciation Traditionally, if your business property had a life of more than one year, the cost had to be deducted over several tax years.
    article related to: section 179, depreciation

  • 16). Smart Yearend Planning - Tax Deductions  By : Drew Miles
    There are three main areas we need to keep in mind as the year ends: 1. Taxes 2. Corporate formalities 3. Planning for next year Revisit the idea of converting your 10 largest expenses. This is an ongoing process that should be done at least twice the first year. It’s not realistic to expect you will convert all of your biggest expenses the first time around because it’s too big of a task—this is a habit needing to be developed over time.
    article related to: tax deductions, tax tips, wealth building

  • 17). Tax Quotes and Jokes for Tax Season  By : Richard A. Chapo
    Like death, paying taxes is inevitable. In the case of most Americans, tax season is just around the corner. If only paying taxes was so easy. As you begin pulling out those receipts, the eraser and reading plain English tax instructions that Einstein couldn’t figure out, you’re going to need a good laugh. Here you go: 1. I am proud to be paying taxes in the United States.
    article related to: tax jokes, tax quotes, irs

  • 19). Fraudulent Tax Shelters – KMPG Goes Down Hard  By : Richard A. Chapo
    In the largest criminal tax case ever filed, KMPG has copped a plea to using fraudulent tax shelters to bilk the government out of 2.5 billion dollars. KMPG has agreed to pay a fine of $456 million dollars, but nine of its executives still are under indictment. Son of Boss Tax Shelters From 1996 to 2003, KMPG promoted a tax strategy known as the Son of Boss.
    article related to: tax shelters, kmpg, fraud

  • 20). Tax Traps for New Real Estate Investors  By : Stephen L. Nelson, CPA
    Perhaps one shouldn’t be surprised that new real estate investors fall into the same tax traps again and again. Real estate burdens investors—especially new investors—with some tricky tax accounting. But just because some other newbie makes these mistakes, that doesn’t mean you need to. You just need to know where the traps are so you avoid them. And here are the biggest real estate tax traps you don’t want to fall into: Tax Trap 1: Passive Loss Limitation On paper at least, real estate often loses money.
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  • 21). Tax Tips for IT Consultants and Contractors  By : Stephen L. Nelson, CPA
    I live and work, quite literally, down the road from the main Microsoft campus. No surprise, then, that I’m commonly asked by freelance consultants for free advice about how these self-employed independent contractors can minimize their income taxes. If I can, I try to weasel my way out of the discussion, offering up such basic tidbits as, “Well, be sure to look at the home office deduction.
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  • 22). Are Online Tax Lien Auctions Worthwhile?  By : Carlos Scarpero
    In today's day and age, the local tax collector has finally caught up with technology. The trend of online tax auctions is in full swing and now you too can buy tax liens from the comfort of home. Here is how an online tax sale works: The county tax collector, through a third party provider, sets up an auction website. They have a bidding window, usually around a week.
    article related to: tax lien, tax auction

  • 23). The Ultimate Tax Planning Strategy  By : Francis Kier
    The taxes that are withheld from paychecks amount to about 25% of your gross pay (including federal tax, state tax, social security tax and medicare tax). But these taxes that are withheld could be working for you as investments if you employ what I call the ultimate tax strategy. This tax strategy consists of how you plan to pay no taxes just like all of the large corporations.
    article related to: personal finance, tax savings, wealth building, investing

  • 24). What Your Tax Dollars Do For You  By : Ken Snowie
    In this article, we will take a look at the influence the government exerts over our daily lives through our taxation, and the good and bad aspects of that influence. Through direct spending, the U.S. government controls approximately 43-45% of the economy. Today, government spending accounts for almost as much of the economy as spending in the private sector.
    article related to: tax, tax return, income tax

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