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The Learning Annex Presents Small Business Basics: Your Complete Guide to a Better Bottom Line

ISBN: 978-0-471-71403-3
272 pages
May 2005
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The Learning Annex Presents Small Business Basics

If you're a small business owner, you probably dedicate the majority of your time to the day-to-day activities that keep your company up and running. After all, why should you have to worry about taxes or other financial issues when you can hire someone else to handle them? The answer is simple: you, not your accountant or financial advisor, run the business. And if you truly want to be successful, you need to understand how your actions in business today can affect your bottom line tomorrow.

If you want to make more tax-efficient financial decisions for your business, The Learning Annex Presents Small Business Basics can show you how. This accessible guide provides useful and authoritative advice that will help you save time and money throughout the year.

Topics discussed include:
* Organizing your business--from S Corporations and C Corporations to Sole Proprietorships and Limited Liability Companies
* Income and losses--from business operations to the sale of business property
* Business deductions and credits--from home office deductions and advertising expenses to rent and retirement plans


As a small business owner, each decision you make is important. With The Learning Annex Presents Small Business Basics as your guide, you'll quickly discover how to make tax-savvy decisions that will improve your overall business.
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Preface.

Introduction.

PART 1: ORGANIZATION.

Chapter 1: Business Organization.

Chapter 2: Tax Year and Accounting Methods.

Chapter 3: Recordkeeping for Business Income and Deductions.

PART 2: BUSINESS INCOME AND LOSSES.

Chapter 4: Income or Loss from Business Operations.

Chapter 5: Capital Gains and Losses.

Chapter 6: Gains and Losses from Sales of Business Property.

PART 3: BUSINESS DEDUCTIONS AND CREDITS.

Chapter 7: Car and Truck Expenses.

Chapter 8: Repairs and Maintenance.

Chapter 9: Bad Debts.

Chapter 10: Rents.

Chapter 11: Taxes and Interest.

Chapter 12: First-Year Expensing and Depreciation, Amortization, and Depletion.

Chapter 13: Retirement Plans.

Chapter 14: Casualty and Theft Losses.

Chapter 15: Home Office Deductions.

Chapter 16: Medical Coverage and Other Deductions.

Chapter 17: Deductions for Alternative Minimum Tax.

Chapter 18: Roundup of Tax Credits.

Index.

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BARBARA WELTMAN, an attorney, is a nationally recognized expert in taxation for small businesses. She has written extensively on tax, finance, and estate planning. Barbara is an experienced writer and is quoted regularly in major publications, including the New York Times and Bottom Line/Personal. She is also frequently featured on CNN and CNBC. Visit her Web site at www.bwideas.com and subscribe to her newsletter.

THE LEARNING ANNEX is the largest alternative adult-education organization in the United States. It offers short, inexpensive courses on personal growth, business and career opportunities, showbiz and media, health and healing, sports and fitness, spirituality, relationships, and technology, among many other subjects.

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