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There are many perks to being a business owner, like being you own boss, making your own schedule, putting a higher dollar value on your time, and pride of ownership. Another great reason, you want to own a business because you can qualify for higher credit card limits and these credit cards do not affect your personal credit once you’re approved and if you’re set up as a C-corporation.

However, one the biggest most benefits are the business tax write-offs.  Business ownership does have a price, especially when you’re using the banks money to help fund the business.  The good news is that business bank fees can be tax deductible and we give you a few examples here:

Annual Fees

Annual fees on a business card are tax deductible. This may be a great way to justify getting that card with the steep annual fee that also has amazing rewards. Yes, you can write it off, but keep in mind that the primary use of the card needs to be for business purposes and not for personal use.

Late Fees

Hopefully you’re not incurring late fees on your credit cards, but mistakes happen and you sometimes forget to make a payment. Those fees can be written off for your business taxes. Of course, it’s always best to call the company and explain you simply forgot and ask if they can waive the fee this time; saving $35 is almost always going to be better than claiming a $35 tax deduction.

Interest Charges

Again, in an ideal world you won’t be paying interest on any of your purchases. But there are times when you need equipment, and there just isn’t enough cash in the bank to pay for it right away. Those interest charges are all tax deductible.

Swipe Fees (point of sales fees)

As a business owner, you pay the credit card company every time someone uses their card to pay you. These are always business-related expenses and fully tax deductible.

Miscellaneous Fees

There are sometimes other fees associated with using a credit card. For instance, your cash advance fees are deductible.  

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5 Ways to Make Money While on Vacation

10744043488?profile=originalWouldn’t it be great to turn your fun trips into tax cuts? If you plan to take any trips this summer, here are some ideas that will help you get the most out of your travel budget.

1. Make all your business appointments before you leave for your trip.

Most people believe that they can go on vacation and simply hand out their business cards in order to make the trip deductible. Wrong.

You must have at least one business appointment before you leave in order to establish the "prior set business purpose" required by the IRS.

The first thing that you need to do is set up appointments in the various cities that you will visit before you leave. One way to establish this is to post an ad for distributors in the town’s newspaper. You could then interview those who respond when you get to the business destination.

2. Make It All "Business Travel."

In order to deduct all on-the-road business expenses, you must be traveling on business. By definition, you are on business travel whenever you are sleeping overnight in a strange bed - conducting business, that is!

3. Make sure that you deduct all of your on-the-road -expenses for each day you're away.

For every day you are on business travel, you can deduct 100% of lodging, tips, shoe-shines, laundry and dry cleaning, car rentals, and 50% of your food. According to the IRS, no receipts are required for any travel expense under $75 per expense. The only exception would be for lodging.

4. Sandwich weekends between business days.

Interestingly, the IRS notes that if you have a business day on Friday and another one on Monday, you can deduct all on-the-road expenses during the weekend.

5.Make the majority of your trip days business days.

The IRS says that you can deduct transportation expenses if business was the primary purpose of the trip. The majority of the days in the trip must be for business activities. Otherwise, you cannot make any transportation deductions. This is an all-or-nothing proposition.

With proper planning, you can deduct most of your vacations if you combine them with business. That can make your life a lot less taxing!

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Starting a small business is a great way to supplement your income. Whether you are operating your business from home or a storefront, practically every expense related to business is a write-off. Generally speaking, the government looks kindly on small business owners. They applaud the entrepreneurial spirit upon which this country is built, and they reward it with tax deductions to lower the owner's taxable income and help the business to succeed. Unfortunately, many owners end up paying more taxes than they should or they fail to receive their maximum refund because they're not aware of ordinary deductions that are available. Though this is by no means an exhaustive list, here are some of the most common:1. Start-up costs. One of the biggest obstacles for a new business is getting over the hurdle of start-up costs. Although it can take a large slice out of the overall pie, you can get back a portion of those expenses at tax time. Small businesses can deduct as much as $5,000 of starting costs in their first year of business.2. Vehicle use. The government allows you to deduct certain expenses for business vehicles, including mileage. Keep good records for this deduction (or any other, for that matter) in case you're challenged on any point by the IRS. If the vehicle is used for business and personal activities, you can deduct only the percentage amount of the business use of the vehicle.3. Equipment deductions. All businesses require equipment of some kind. The amount can be deducted all at once in the first year of acquisition (up to a limit of $125,000, as of this writing), or amortized over a number of years.4. Entertainment deductions. Who wouldn't want to have a fancy dinner on the government? Business meetings over dinner or attending business conferences in sunny Florida can be deducted as business expenses, if they meet the necessary requirements.5. Travel expenses. Traveling for business is a tax-deductible expense. Keep your receipts for airline tickets, hotel stays, and meals. Any service that was necessary during the course of the business trip can generally be deducted. However, expenses for family members that you took along for the ride are not deductible.6. Advertising costs. Costs for advertising your business are tax-deductible. These may include print, billboard, Internet, radio and television, or other ad forms.7. Legal fees. Businesses often consult lawyers from about business matters or to review contracts. The fees charged are deductible.8. Retirement plan contributions.9. Home office deductions - expenses like a % of your rent, utilities, insurance and many more.10. Educational expenses. The costs of classes taken to further your knowledge for your present business can also be deducted.Tax credits, which are dollar-for-dollar reductions of the taxes you would otherwise owe, can also be used to save money. Again, there are a variety of taxes, including those related to hiring certain employes; owning and fixing up certain realty; and being "green".Businesses do have an advantage when it comes to taxes. If you're a business owner, take advantage of all the deductions available to you. Be sure to consult a qualified tax professional for further information on these and other tax deductions.
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