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JK Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2010: Your Complete Guide to a Better Bottom Line

ISBN: 978-0-470-57300-6
576 pages
October 2009
JK Lasser


The tax facts and strategies that every small business owner needs to know

Written in a straightforward and accessible style, this reliable resource offers a complete overview of small business tax planning and provides you with the information needed to make tax-smart decisions throughout the year.

Focusing on strategies that help you use deductions and tax credits effectively, shield business income, and maximize other aspects of small business taxes, this practical guide will show you how your actions in business today can affect your bottom line from a tax perspective tomorrow.

  • Includes detailed coverage of the newest tax laws and IRS rules
  • Reveals strategies that can help you run a tax-smart business all year long
  • Contains comprehensive information on each deductible expense, including dollar limits and record-keeping requirements
  • Offers clear instructions on where to report income and claim deductions on your tax forms
  • Provides help with state taxes and a guide to information returns you may need to file
  • Other titles by Weltman: J.K. Lasser's 1001 Deductions & Tax Breaks 2010

Owning a small business is a big responsibility. While many small business owners seek to improve their bottom line, few realize all the ways that both current and new tax laws can help them do so. With J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2010, you'll quickly discover how.

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Table of Contents



Part 1 Organization.

1. Business Organization.

2. Tax Year and Accounting Methods.

3. Recordkeeping for Business Income and Deductions.

Part 2 Business Income and Losses.

4. Income or Loss from Business Operations.

5. Capital Gains and Losses.

6. Gains and Losses from Sales of Business Property.

Part 3 Business Deductions and Credits.

7. Employee Compensation: Salary, Wages, and Employee Benefits.

8. Travel and Entertainment Expenses.

9. Car and Truck Expenses.

10. Repairs, Maintenance, and Energy Improvements.

11. Bad Debts.

12. Rents.

13. Taxes and Interest.

14. First-Year Expensing, Depreciation, Amortization, and Depletion.

15. Advertising Expenses.

16. Retirement Plans.

17. Casualty and Theft Losses.

18. Home Office Deductions.

19. Medical Coverage.

20. Deductions for Farmers.

21. Domestic Production Activities Deduction.

22. Miscellaneous Business Deductions.

23. Roundup of Tax Credits.

Part 4 Tax Planning For Your Small Business.

24. Income and Deduction Strategies.

25. Tax Strategies for Opening or Closing a Business.

26. Tax Strategies for a Sideline Business.

27. Tax Strategies for Multiple Businesses.

28. Alternative Minimum Tax.

29. Other Taxes.

30. Filing Income Tax Returns and Paying Taxes.

Appendix A. Information Returns.

Appendix B. Checklist of Tax-Related Corporate Resolutions.


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Author Information

Barbara Weltman is an attorney and a nationally recognized expert in taxation for small businesses, as well as the author of many top-selling books on taxes and finance. She is also an experienced writer and has been featured in many media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, Inc.com, Bloomberg TV, CNN, and CNBC, and is host of her own radio show, Build Your Business. Sign up for her free e-newsletter and daily tips at www.barbaraweltman.com.
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