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The new Small Business Jobs Act of 2010 includes important tax breaks for businesses

  • The maximum Section 179 first-year expensing deduction doubles from $250,000 to $500,000 for qualified business property placed in service in 2010 and 2011, while the phase-out threshold rises from $800,000 to $2 million. Also, a maximum deduction of $250,000 may be claimed for qualified improvements to leasehold, restaurant, and retail property.
  • The 50% “bonus depreciation” tax break, which had expired after 2009, is retroactively reinstated to January 1, 2010, for qualified property placed in service in 2010 (through 2011 for certain property).
  • For 2010 only, the deduction for business start-up expenses doubles from $5,000 to $10,000, while the phase-out threshold rises from $50,000 to $60,000.
  • An investor in “qualified small business stock” may be able to exclude 100% of the gain from the sale of stock acquired after September 27, 2010, and before January 1, 2011.
  • The usual ten-year recognition period for triggering a “built-in gains” (BIG) tax after converting to S corporation status is reduced to five years for dispositions in 2011.
  • General business credits arising in 2010 for “eligible small businesses” may be used to offset the alternative minimum tax (AMT) and can be carried back for five years.
  • For 2010 only, self-employed individuals may deduct health insurance from the self-employment tax calculation.
  • Employees no longer have to substantiate business use of cell phones and similar devices. Personal use is treated as a tax-free fringe benefit.
  • Participants in 401(k), 403(b), and 457(b) plans can roll over funds to a designated Roth account. For 2010 rollovers, taxable income may be split between 2011 and 2012.

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