Year-end tax planning for small businesses

Managing a business is not easy. With multiple changes in 2018 to tax laws, it is helpful to know or refresh yourself on how some of these changes will impact you and your business. The following tax planning strategies can help you better prepare for the 2018 tax season.

Year-End Tax-Planning Moves for Businesses & Business Owners

  • Small businesses may be entitled to a deduction of up to 20% of their “qualified business income”. For 2018, if taxable income surpasses $315,000 for a married couple filing jointly, or $157,500 for all other taxpayers, the deduction may be limited based on certain criteria. This 20% deduction can generate significant tax savings for small business owners.
  • More small businesses are able to use the cash (as opposed to accrual) method of accounting in 2018 and later years than previously allowed.
  • Businesses will be able to write off most depreciable business assets in the year the business places them in service. The 100-percent depreciation deduction usually applies to depreciable business assets with a recovery period of 20 years or less and certain other property. Qualifying items generally include machinery, equipment, computers, appliances and furniture.
  • Deductions for expenses related to entertainment, amusement or recreation are no longer allowed; however, taxpayers can continue to deduct 50 percent of the cost of business meals if the taxpayer or an employee of the taxpayer is present and other conditions are met. The meals may be provided to a current or potential business customer, client, consultant or similar business contact.
  • Expenses associated with transportation fringe benefits or expenses associated with providing transportation for commuting are now disallowed. The exception is if transportation expenses are necessary for employee safety.
  • Special rules now allow an employee to exclude certain achievement awards from their wages if the awards are tangible personal property. An employer can also deduct awards that are tangible personal property, subject to certain deduction limits. Tangible personal property doesn’t include cash, cash equivalents, gift cards, gift coupons, certain gift certificates, tickets to theater or sporting events, vacations, meals, lodging, stocks, bonds, securities and other similar items.

As mentioned, 2018 brought on some major changes to tax laws for businesses and business owners. While this information can help you prepare, it is best to consult with a tax advisor before making any moves. If you would like assistance in how to get the most out of your upcoming return, please contact Caroprese & Company. We look forward to assisting you this tax season!



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