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J.K. Lasser's Your Income Tax 2014: For Preparing Your 2013 Tax Return by J. K. Lasser

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PART 6

Business Tax Planning

Chapter 40 Income or Loss From Your Business or Profession 40.1–40.28

Chapter 41 Retirement and Medical Plans for Self-Employed 41.1–41.14

Chapter 42 Claiming Depreciation Deductions 42.1–42.20

Chapter 43 Deducting Car and Truck Expenses 43.1–43.12

Chapter 44 Sales of Business Property 44.1–44.12

Chapter 45 Figuring Self-Employment Tax 45.1–45.6

In this part, you will learn how to report your income from a business or profession, and how to reduce your tax liability by claiming expense deductions. Pay special attention to—

  • Reporting rules for income and expenses on Schedule C (Chapter 40).
  • Restrictions on deducting home office expenses. Your deduction may be limited by a restrictive income test (Chapter 40).
  • The increased deduction for qualified domestic production activities income (Chapter 40).
  • Keogh, SEP, and SIMPLE retirement plan rules if you are self-employed. These plans offer tax deductions for contributions and tax-free accumulation of income within the plan.
  • Health savings accounts and other medical plans (Chapter 41).
  • First-year expensing and depreciation write-offs for business assets (Chapter 42).
  • The IRS mileage allowance as an alternative to claiming operating expenses and depreciation for your business automobile (Chapter 43).
  • Reporting sales of business property on From 4797 (Chapter 44).
  • Computing and paying self-employment tax on self-employment earnings from a business or profession (Chapter 45).

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