Monday, March 08, 2010

Questions for the Tax Lady: March 8th, 2010

Check out the following new Questions for the Tax Lady answers and feel free to ask me questions through one of the links below. You can send me an email, direct message or @ reply, and I will do my best to get an answer for you!

Question #1: Can I still make donations to Haiti that can be counted on my 2009 tax return?

Unfortunately, no. The deadline to make deductions that can be counted on your 2009 tax return was February 28th. However, if you have any extra money then you should still consider making a donation; you can claim the deduction on your 2010 return. To learn how you can make a contribution checkout this article on the top 10 options for donating to the Haitian relief efforts.

Question #2: If my husband and I start a new business can we classify it as a sole proprietorship or do we need to form a partnership?

You and your husband can classify the business as a sole proprietorship as long as you meet the following IRS conditions:

1. The only partners in the partnership are a husband and wife

2. They file a joint tax return

3. The husband and wife must materially participate in the trade or business.

4. Both spouses must elect qualified joint venture status on Form 1040 by dividing the items of income, gain, loss, deduction, credit and expenses in accordance with their respective interests in such venture and each spouse filing a separate Schedule C, C-EZ, or F accordingly, and, if required, a separate Schedule SE to pay self-employment tax.

For more information see Election for Husband and Wife Unincorporated Businesses.

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