Jan 15, 2013

Tax Organizer for Business Professionals




KEY EXPENSES FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS

A   PROFESSIONAL FEES & DUES:

Dues paid to professional societies related to your profession are deductible. However, the cost of initial admission fees paid for membership in certain organizations or social clubs are considered capital expenses.

B   CONTINUING EDUCATION:

Educational expenses are deductible under either of two conditions: (1) Your employer requires the education in order for you to keep your job or rate of pay; or (2) The education maintains or improves your skills in profession. The costs of courses that are taken to meet the minimum requirements of a job, or that qualify you for a new trade or business are NOT deductible.

C   TELEPHONE EXPENSES:

The basic local telephone service costs of the first telephone line provided in your residence are not deductible. However, toll calls from that line are deductible if the calls are business related. The costs of a second line (basic service and toll calls) in your home are also deductible if that line is used exclusively for business.

D   AUTO TRAVEL:

Your auto expense is based on the number of qualified business miles you drive. Expenses for travel between business locations or daily transportation expenses in going between your residence and temporary work locations are deductible; include them as business miles. Your trips between home and work each day or between home and or one or more regular places of work are COMMUTING and are NOT deductible.

Document business miles in a record book as follows: (1) Give the date and business purpose of each trip; (2) Note the place to which you traveled; (3) Record the number of business miles; (4) Record your car’s odometer reading at both the beginning and end of the tax year. Keep receipts for all car operating expenses –gas. Oil, repairs, insurance, etc., and of any reimbursement you received for your expenses.

E   MISCELLANEOUD EXPENSES:

Expenses of looking for new improvement in your present line of work are deductible – you do not have actually obtain a new job in order to deduct the expenses. Out-of-town job seeking expenses are deductible only if the primary purpose pf the trip is job seeking, not pursuing personal activities.

F   SUPPLIES & EXPENSES:

Generally, to be deductible, items must be ordinary and necessary costs in your profession and not reimbursable by your employer.

G   EQUIPMENT PURCHASES

Record separately from other supplies, the costs of business assets which are expected to last longer than one year and cost more than $100. Normally, the costs of such assets are recovered differently on your tax return than are other recurring, everyday business expenses like business cards, office supplies, etc.

H   TRAVEL – OUT-OF-TOWN:

Expenses of traveling away from “home” overnight on job-related and continuing-education trips are deductible. Your “home” is generally considered to be the entire city or general area where your principal place of employment is located. Out0of-town expenses include transportation, meals, lodging, trips and miscellaneous items like laundry, valet, etc.


Document away-from-home expenses by noting the date, destination and business purpose of your trip. Record business miles if you drove to the out-of-town location. In addition, keep a detailed record of your expenses – lodging, public transportation, meals, etc. Always list meals and lodging separately in your records. Receipts must be retained for each lodging expense. However, if any other business expense is less than $25, a receipt is not necessary if you record all of the information in a diary. You must keep track of the full amount of meals and entertainment expenses even though only a portion of the amount may be deductible.


 
SUPPLIES & EXPENSES
Briefcase
 
Business Meals (Enter 100% of expense)
 
Business Cards
 
Clerical Service
 
Computer Software
 
Computer Supplies
 
Customer Lists
 
Entertainment (Enter 100% of expense)
 
Equipment Repair
 
FAX Supplies
 
Gifts
 
Greeting Cards
 
Legal & Professional Services
 
Office Expense
 
Photocopy Expense
 
Postage
 
Shipping
 
Stationary
 
Technical Publications
 
Other:
 
 
EQUIPMENT PURCHASES
Answering Machine
 
Calculator
 
FAX Machine/Copy Machine
 
Pager
 
Telephone
 
Recorder
 
Other:
 
 
TRAVEL – OUT OF TOWN
Airfare
 
Bridge & Highway Tolls
 
Bus & Subway
 
Car Rental
 
Laundry
 
Lodging (do not combine with meals)
 
Meals (do not combine with lodging)
 
Parking
 
Porter, Bell Caption
 
Taxi
 
Telephone Calls (including home)
 
Train
 
Other:
 

 
 
 

 

 

1 comment:

Tom Watson said...

the online application at saving data and refreshing the screen? slow = frustration! A couple of programs either went haywire on me or were unavailable for login - not good if you are in the final throes of meeting the April 30th deadline. Matawan Tax Preparer