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The Age of Tax Aquarius (This is the waning of . . . )

Peace and Love BusThese days are the tax equivalent of when the moon is in the Seventh House and Jupiter aligns with Mars. Congress and IRS have put two things in force which create an unusual tax-saving opportunity between now and year’s end. It is the 2012 equivalent of the days of Aquarius – at least between now and December 31.

The opportunity starts with the much-maligned Estate Tax Credit. Rail if you must, curse if you’d like. But its disappearance doesn’t appear on anybody’s agenda.

So you can presume that the Tax Credit is either going to (a) stay at $5.12 million; (b) shrink to $1 million; (c) end up somewhere in between; (d) head up GA Hwy. 372 towards Ballground, GA.

It doesn’t really matter. But what could make a big difference to you is if you’re holding on to assets which produce income that you’re not spending or using. [Read more…]

Record Low Interest Rate from IRS!

IRS has set all-time low interest rates for loans made in August, 2012. If you loan money — even to a family member — you don’t have to charge an interest rate higher than 0.25% (!) for a loan of three years or less. For a loan that runs nine years, the minimum interest rate would be 0.88%. [Read more…]

Buying or Selling a Business isn’t like Buying or Selling a Candy Bar

KeysSome people think that buying a business is a cinch, as easy as buying a candy bar.  It’s not. You can’t say, “Here’s X dollars; give me your computer and the key to the office (or to the truck, or whatever); and go enjoy the rest of your life.”

It’s the same if you want to sell a business. You can’t say, “Pay me X dollars right now, I’ll hand you this key and the computer, and then I’m outta here.”

You want a clean purchase and sale, right? Without any bad after-effects. So figure on resolving a bunch of matters up front. [Read more…]

You Can’t Write Off An Item Your Business Isn’t Using

PlaneGetting tax write-offs for purchases you make through your business is a good deal.  And if you do business as an S corporation, you know lots of tax benefits flow through your business to your personal tax return.   You can write off all sorts of things and save yourself and your business a lot of money.

But you can’t write off an item the business isn’t using. [Read more…]

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