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February 7, 2020

If you want to attend a convention, seminar, or similar meeting onboard a cruise ship and deduct all your costs, you face some very special rules. But it can be done.

When you know the tax code rules, you will find an enlightened workaround that removes almost all the hassle and gives you what you want. The IRS considers all ships that sail cruise ships.

In 1982, your lawmakers were attempting to give the U.S. cr...

January 3, 2020

If you’re not good at paperwork, the corporate form of business is probably not for you.

Let me tell you about a tax court case involving William H. Bruecher III. He learned a lesson by paying more than $27,000 in taxes on monies his corporation supposedly loaned to him. Mr. Bruecher’s corporation did not pay him a salary; rather, the corporation paid his personal expenses, classifying the payments as advances.

A...

December 1, 2019

If you operate your business as a sole proprietorship, there are many strategies to reduce your taxes.

Let’s start with the following 10:

1. Use the Section 105 plan to make your health insurance a tax-favored business deduction on your Schedule C.

2. Employ your under-age-18 child to make taxable income disappear.

3. Employ your spouse without paying him or her a W-2 wage.

4. Rent your office, even your home office...

November 9, 2019

The recent tax reform eliminated personal exemptions for taxable years after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026. This makes your child worthless to you on your Form 1040.

But there is a way to get even or, perhaps, much more than even.

Let’s set the stage first. For taxable years after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026, the standard deduction for a single taxpayer begins at $12,000 in 2018...

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