How to Deduct Your Home Office on Your Taxes

In order to deduct your home office, your business must follow the following rules. Your home must be your principal place of business. This means is that you conduct all of your business related activities in your home and you have no other set locations where you do business You must have a special area sectioned off for your business. This might be a separate room or the garage. Anywhere that you store inventory or products counts as well. You must actually conduct business at home and use the dedicated space solely for business. This one sounds like a no...

How to Deduct Equipment and Supplies on Your Taxes

The biggest advantage for small businesses is a little Internal Revenue Code known as Section 179. Section 179 allows small businesses to deduct up to 108k (Note: This number changes every year.) of assets completely every year. What this means is that you can deduct up to this amount in business equipment, computers, furniture etc… without having to worry about depreciation or other tax calculations. Of course, section 179 comes with a few requirements that must be met. Purchases must be used mostly for business The official rule is that the asset that you are deducting must be used...

How to Deduct Entertainment and Meals on Your Taxes

Deducting entertainment and meals is often a gray area that people take advantage of. My general rule of thumb is that as long as you don’t abuse the tax code, you should be fine. I use what I call the “bullshit” code. If I can tell my wife with a straight face that a particular expense was used for business purposes, and my wife doesn’t think its BS, its usually good enough for me. Officially though, anything you expense must obey the following rules. The entertainment expense must be reasonable and accepted in your field of business – For...

How to Deduct Travel Expenses on Your Taxes

Ever heard your spouse complain that you never go on enough vacations? Using your business as a tax shelter is a great way to fund your next vacation without breaking the bank. With proper planning, you can get your business to pay for and write off most of your trip! For starters, the trip’s primary purpose must be for business. As long as your destination is not completely random, chances are you can find a way to do business there. Below are some general guidelines on what and how you can deduct during your travels. ...

Business Expenses: What You Can Deduct on Your Taxes

One of the key reasons for starting your own business is that it can provide an effective tax shelter. Many of the expenses that you incur during day to day operations can be deducted directly from your taxable income. Since there are many misconceptions regarding what can and can not be deducted, I thought that I would go over some of the common items that small businesses can write off. The Tax Code The tax code is a little bit vague which is why many people get themselves into trouble. A deductible business expense is defined as any expense...

How to Deduct Your Vehicle on Your Taxes

Deducting your vehicle as a business expense is a bit tricky but well worth it, especially if you’re putting a lot of miles on your car. The number one rule of thumb when expensing your vehicle is to keep detailed records. Make sure you use a trip or mileage log and write down each and every mile that you are using the car for business. This sounds like a major pain, but its not too bad if you keep a log book and pen in your car at all times. Whenever you drive somewhere, just write...

4 Tips on How To Deal With Irate Customers

Even if you sell quality products and deliver your products in a timely manner, you’re still bound to have to deal with irate customers at some point in time. Sometimes they are mad because you are completely in the wrong but most of the time, they are mad due to something beyond your control. Here’s 4 tips to remember the next time you’re in a bad situation with a customer Keep Your Cool, Listen and Empathize Your customer might cuss you out over the phone or they might make ridiculous demands. No matter what, you should never lose...

How To Select a Credit Card Merchant and Gateway

Selecting a credit card merchant and gateway is not inherently a difficult thing to do. But if this is your first online store, the evaluation process can be a bit daunting due to the sheer multitude of options to choose from. To make things easier, you should always select a credit card merchant that is supported by your shopping cart out of the box. For example, below is a list of merchants that are supported by OSCommerce out of the box Authorize.net iPayment 2Checkout PsiGate SecPay Authorize.net is probably the most popular credit card processing option which is supported by a number of popular...
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