Boost your 2016 deductions by buying a business vehicle this year

09_26_16_505196475_SBTB_560x292.jpgIf you’re looking to boost your deductions — and reduce your 2016 tax bill — you may want to consider purchasing a business vehicle before year end. Business-related purchases of new or used vehicles may be eligible for Section 179 expensing, which allows you to immediately deduct, rather than depreciate over a period of years, some or all of the vehicle’s cost. But the size of your deduction will depend in part on the gross vehicle weight rating.

Time may be running out — again — for tax-free treatment of home mortgage debt forgiveness

09_13_16-485171050_ITB_560x292.jpgIncome tax generally applies to all forms of income, including cancellation-of-debt (COD) income. Think of it this way: If a creditor forgives a debt, you avoid the expense of making the payments, which increases your net income.

Now’s the time to start thinking about “bunching” — miscellaneous itemized deductions, that is

08_23_16-101359492_ITB_560x292.jpgMany expenses that may qualify as miscellaneous itemized deductions are deductible only to the extent they exceed, in aggregate, 2% of your adjusted gross income (AGI). Bunching these expenses into a single year may allow you to exceed this “floor.” So now is a good time to add up your potential deductions to date to see if bunching is a smart strategy for you this year.

What you need to know about estimated tax payments

08_15_16-179068348_ITB_560x292.jpgPaying the proper amount of tax by the annual federal income tax filing deadline isn’t enough to avoid interest and penalties; you must also meet requirements for paying tax throughout the year through withholding and/or quarterly estimated tax payments. If you have income from sources such as self-employment, interest, dividends, alimony, rent, prizes, awards or the sales of assets, you may have to pay estimated tax.

Accelerate depreciation deductions with a cost segregation study

08_08_16-456748447_SBTB_560x292_1.jpgBusiness owners may be able to see substantial tax savings faster by conducting cost segregation studies. These studies identify property components and their costs, allowing you to maximize current depreciation deductions by using shorter lives and speeding up depreciation rates available for the qualifying parts of the property.