Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Tax Provisions "Bail" You Out

This past week I had the pleasure to sit on a panel with other local accountants that spoke to the needs of small business owners and one of the main questions that attendees wanted answers was regarding how the small business would stay afloat after the passage of the bailout bill. The bailout bill had a great deal of tax provisions that were included (and I finally had a chance to take a closer look at) here are a few that will hopefully help bail out small businesses and individuals in this slow economy:

Individual Provisions

• Itemized and “above the line” deductions – state and local sales tax deductions, higher education tuition deduction, additional standard deduction for real property taxes extended through 2009
• Tax free distributions from IRA’s for charity has been extended through 2009
• Child tax credit floor falls allowing more taxpayers to tax the credit

Small Business Provisions

• Leasehold and restaurant improvements now eligible for a shorter depreciation cost recovery through 2009
• Charitable Contributions of food, books and computers extended through 2009
• New markets tax credit extended through 2009, encouraging more small business investment

Be sure to speak with your accountant regarding these new tax provisions and how they may affect your tax planning for 2008 and 2009 tax filing season. As always tax planning should be proactive and not reactive to the economic environment around you.

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