J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2018Your Complete Guide to a Better Bottom Line
J.K. Lasser 1. Aufl.
Maximize your bottom line with the nation's most trusted small business tax guide J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2018 is the small business owner's ultimate guide to a money-saving, stress-free tax season. Providing straightforward advice from the nation's most trusted tax expert on small business taxes, this book gives you the answers you need quickly, with clear, concise guidance. Updated and expanded to cover new and changing tax law, this edition also includes an e-supplement covering the latest developments from Congress and the IRS to keep you fully up-to-date. A complete listing of all available business deductions and credits helps you identify those you qualify for, and includes critical information on dollar limits, recordkeeping requirements, and how to actually take the write-off—all the way down to which line on which form. Organizational and planning strategies help you get through the process quickly and with fewer headaches, and this year's changes to the tax laws are explained in terms of how they affect your filing. Keeping up with the intricacies of tax law and filing is a full-time job—but it's not your full-time job. You have a business to run. This book gives you the guidance you need in the time that you have so you can get taxes out of the way and get back to work. Learn which expenses qualify for deductions—and which ones don't Adopt a more organized recordkeeping system to streamline the filing process Explore small-business-specific strategies for starting or closing a business, running a sideline business, and operating in multiple businesses Decode the various forms and worksheets correctly with step-by-step guidance Review obligations for the 'other taxes,' including payroll and excise taxes Every year, millions of small business owners overpay their taxes because they lack the time and expertise to make tax-sensitive business decisions throughout the year only to learn that it's too late to act when it comes to tax time. Now you can put your money back where it belongs—in your business. J.K. Lasser's Small Business Taxes 2018 helps you take wise actions during the year and tells you how to file completely and accurately while maximizing your bottom line.
Preface vii Introduction xiii Part 1 Organization 1 1. Business Organization 3 2. Tax Year and Accounting Methods 40 3. Recordkeeping for Business Income and Deductions 58 Part 2 Business Income and Losses 71 4. Income or Loss from Business Operations 73 5. Capital Gains and Losses 109 6. Gains and Losses from Sales of Business Property 130 Part 3 Business Deductions and Credits 145 7. Employee Compensation: Salary, Wages, and Employee Benefits 147 8. Travel and Entertainment Expenses 187 9. Car and Truck Expenses 218 10. Repairs, Maintenance, and Energy Improvements 249 11. Bad Debts 268 12. Rents 282 13. Taxes and Interest 294 14. First-Year Expensing, Depreciation, Amortization, and Depletion 311 15. Advertising Expenses 351 16. Retirement Plans 359 17. Casualty and Theft Losses 403 18. Home Office Deductions 419 19. Medical Coverage 440 20. Deductions and Tax Credits for Farmers 461 21. Domestic Production Activities Deduction 473 22. Miscellaneous Business Deductions 481 23. Roundup of Tax Credits 528 Part 4 Tax Planning for Your Small Business 541 24. Income and Deduction Strategies 543 25. Tax Strategies for Opening or Closing a Business 561 26. Tax Strategies for a Sideline Business 576 27. Tax Strategies for Multiple Businesses 581 28. Alternative Minimum Tax 588 29. Other Taxes 595 30. Filing Tax Returns and Paying Taxes 619 31. Retirement and Succession Planning 633 32. Working with CPAs and Other Tax Professionals 641 33. Handling Audits with the IRS 646 Appendix A. Information Returns 651 Appendix B. Tax Penalties 661 Appendix C. Checklist of Tax-Related Corporate Resolutions 669 Appendix D. List of Dollar Limits and Amounts Adjusted for Inflation 672 Index 677
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, including J.K. Lasser's 1001 Deductions & Tax Breaks. She is also the publisher of Idea of the Day® and Big Ideas for Small Business®, a contributor to SBA.gov, is quoted regularly in major publications (including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and Money magazine), and hosts a monthly radio show. Visit her at www.barbaraweltman.com.
The tax facts and strategies that every small business owner needs to know for their 2017 tax return and year-round planning Owning a small business is a big responsibility. While all 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 2018 you'll quickly discover how. 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. In this fully updated volume, you'll find: Detailed coverage of the newest tax laws, court decisions, and IRS rulings Planning strategies that can help you run a tax-smart business all year long Comprehensive information on each available write-off, such as the small employer health insurance credit, including dollar limits and record-keeping requirements Clear instructions on where to report income and claim deductions and credits on your tax forms Guidance on opening or closing a business, running a sideline activity or multiple businesses, and succession planning Help with state taxes and a guide to information returns you may need to file Sample forms and checklists to help you prepare for tax time Get your free online supplement for the latest tax changes. J.K. Lasser—Practical Guides for All Your Financial Needs Please visit our website at www.jklasser.com
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