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Smart Yearend Planning - Tax Deductions
There are three main areas we need to keep in mind as the year ends:
2. Corporate formalities
3. Planning for next year
Revisit the idea of converting your 10 largest expenses.
This is an ongoing process that should be done at least twice the first year. Itís not realistic to expect you will convert all of your biggest expenses the first time around because itís too big of a taskóthis is a habit needing to be developed over time. Our largest expenses, habits, and businesses all change over time. As your life evolves, so should your deductions, so keep current.
Strategy: upstreaming income.
The goal of upstreaming income is to shift income from this tax year to the next tax year. Whatever your operating account balance is on December 31 will get added, as of January 1, to your last yearís income. If you have a ,000 balance, for example, going into the next year, thatís taxable income. You therefore should upstream the money, making it no longer taxable for that year. This strategy is applicable if you have an S Corp, partnership, limited partnership or sole proprietorship.
How to upstream income
Upstreaming income is accomplished by setting up a new entity such as a management company with a different yearend than your business. A businessís income can then be shifted out of the 2006 tax year to 2007. You will want a contract and invoices to reflect this agreement between your business and management company. Move the ,000 balance to your management company with a June 1 yearend, for example. The money should be moved ideally at least on a monthly basis, not just once at the end of the year. I recommend taking five to 10 checks out of your checkbook and put them in a file for the upcoming year. In January, if you find out you had some expenses you missedóitíd be a lot better to have a check in sequence that you can write from December.
About the Author: B.S. with Honors Hofstra University Long Island, New York, 1984.
I finished my four-year undergraduate program in 3 years and graduated Cum laude as well as a member of Phi Beta Kappa Fraternity. I majored in Political Science with a minor in Sociology and completed my first legal internship.
Hofstra University School of Law, Long Island, New York, 1987.
During my three years of law school, I completed an internship with a New York Supreme Court Justice and second legal internship with a law firm and also began investing in real estate.
Immediately upon graduating law school and passing the bar exam, I opened my own law practice. From 1988 to 2001, I practiced with my partner under the name Miles and Gillard, where I concentrated in the area of real estate and business law. During that time, I had the privilege of working with thousands of clients in various aspects of their business and investing life.
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