Free Software to Non-Profits

Equine Max has graciously stepped up to the plate once again and is donating EquineMax software to any non-profit organization that can use it.  Here is a link to their website for more information: Equine-Max Non-Profit Edition.

Last year EquineMax donated software to 81 horse rescues, animal shelters and rehabilitation centers throughout the world.


Simplified Option for Claiming Home Office Deduction

From my weekly NATP tax letter:

"The IRS has announced a simplified option that many owners of home-based businesses and some home-based workers may use to figure their deductions for the business use of their homes. The new optional deduction, capped at $1,500 per year based on $5 a square foot for up to 300 square feet, is available starting with tax year 2013. Though homeowners using the new option cannot depreciate the portion of their home used in a trade or business, they can claim allowable mortgage interest, real estate taxes and casualty losses on the home as itemized deductions on Schedule A. These deductions need not be allocated between personal and business use, as is required under the regular method. Business expenses unrelated to the home, such as advertising, supplies and wages paid to employees are still fully deductible. Further details on the new option can be found in Revenue Procedure 2013-13.


2013 Standard Mileage Rates

The Internal Revenue Service has issued the 2013 optional standard mileage rates used to calculate the deductible costs of operating an automobile for business, charitable, medical or moving purposes.
Beginning on Jan. 1, 2013, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) will be:
  • 56.5 cents per mile for business miles driven.
  • 24 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes.
  • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations.
The rate for business miles driven during 2013 increases 1 cent from the 2012 rate. The medical and moving rate is also up 1 cent per mile from the 2012 rate.


Fiscal Cliff News

Many of my clients are wondering what was renewed and what was not in the proposed tax bill.  Here is a good summary of new/expiring and extended tax provisions: