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None on the business return. Up to $2,500 on your personal return. Some of that can get phased out depending on your income.

Only on your personal return. They should not be paid out of the business account.

There is a $25 limit per gift per person. Whatever the gift may be.

It is good to have documentation in case the IRS decides to come in for an examination. Small things are not a huge deal, like office supplies, but you especially want to keep receipts for meals, fixed assets, materials, things used personally, etc.

You either need to change the owner of the car to the company or pay the note yourself. If you pay the note yourself then you can deduct mileage and other auto expenses on your personal return.

You either need to change the owner of the car to the company or pay the note yourself. If you pay the note yourself then you can deduct mileage and other auto expenses on your personal return.

both tax credits and tax deductions can reduce the amount of tax you must pay. Deductions reduce the amount of income you pay taxes on, which in turn can reduce your tax. Credits are a dollar-for-dollar reduction in the amount of tax you owe.
If you had an income of $30,000 and took a $1,000 deduction, you don’t have to pay tax on that $1,000 of income. The deduction could save you $200 (assuming a 20% tax rate on that $1,000).
By contrast, a $1,000 credit would reduce the actual amount of tax you owe by that $1,000. So if you owed $3,000 in taxes, you’d now owe $2,000 and save $1,000.

Beginning with the 2018 tax year, a single Form 1040 has replaced the previous three versions — Forms 1040, 1040EZ and 1040A.
The simplified 1040 form is half the size of recent forms and uses a “building block” approach to simplify the filing process. Taxpayers with more-complex tax situations may need to submit additional forms (called “schedules”), but all 150 million individual U.S. taxpayers start with the same basic form.

According to the IRS income includes money, property or services. Any income is taxable unless the law specifically exempts it, and all taxable income must be reported on your tax return. Some non taxable income must be reported, too, even though you won’t pay taxes on it.
IRS publication 525 has details on what counts as taxable income and what doesn’t, and it’s a lengthy list. Not all taxable income is treated the same. Earned income like your wages, is taxed differently because you pay Social Security tax ,medicare tax and state and federal income tax on it.
Unearned income, like child support or Social Security benefits, isn’t subject to payroll tax, but you do pay federal and sometimes state income tax on it, and some types of unearned income are taxed at a lower capital gains rate rather than your normal tax rate .

Tax filers are treated differently based on household status. To inform the IRS of which rules apply to you you will have to choose a filing status. There are five: single, married filing jointly, married filing separately, head of household and qualifying widow(er) with dependent child .

whether you are required to file a tax return will depend on several factors including your gross income ,filing status, age, and whether you’re a dependent on someone else’s federal income tax return. and you may have to file even if you don’t owe any tax. To get more specific information on who must file check out IRS publication 501 .

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