February 2, 2016
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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Three Ways Using Barter Can Lower Your Taxes!
Trade dollars are far more flexible than at first imagined. You can
use them to chisel away at the tax bill, and chip away at your
payroll. Here’s a look at three ways you can use barter to reduce
the revenues of the tax collector.
Consider the business owner who, knowing she would be selling the
property in the future, wanted to make improvements on her real
Because she did not intend to "roll
over" the property on a tax-free exchange, she would have a capital
gains tax on any amount she received above her basis. But with a
creative use of the trade dollars in her account, she was able to
avoid any gain on the sale. This was accomplished by increasing her
property value with trade dollars spent on improvements.
Consequently, when she finally sold the property her tax bill was
nearly eliminated with the increased basis. Wisely, she used trade
dollars to lower the tax liability, while at the same time making
valuable improvements that increased the property's marketability
Every business owner knows it is less expensive to use independent
contractors than it is to hire employees. Because employees cost the
business owner FICA, worker’s compensation premiums and other
expenses, the cost of employees frequently soars above an average
cost of 25% of the actual payroll amount.
contractors, on the other hand, cost only the amount of their
contract fees, since they are responsible for their own employee
An independent contractor who belongs to a trade
exchange, and who accepts trade dollars for (some) services has
created evidence of being in business — much the same as if he or
she has a business license or rents his or her own office space.
Because the aforementioned are things that business owners do,
an independent contractor who does them has shown a strong
indication of being a business owner. As opposed to someone who
simply performs tasks for another, yet claims to be an independent
Business owners who have
workers with no chance of being classified as independent
contractors can still convert trade dollars into tax savings. By
setting up a Cafeteria Plan, under Section 15 of the Internal
Revenue Code, one can convert trade dollars to cash in several ways.
A Cafeteria Plan is a tax-qualified employee benefit that allows
employers to reduce employee wages, in order for the employees to
pay their own benefits with "before tax" dollars.
employees get benefits that they would otherwise have to purchase
with "after tax" dollars, while the employer gets a reduced payroll
and therefore reduced payroll taxes. First, by arranging for the
employees to have a Premium Plan under Section 125, the owner
withholds dollars from the payroll that are then used to pay
premiums for the health plans which the employees select.
If the trade exchange has an insurance broker who takes commissions
on trade (which usually amounts to one month’s premium per year),
the owner is able to pay that premium with trade dollars and
conserve the cash from the employees for the month in question.
Besides converting the trade premiums to cash, the owner has
also reduced payroll taxes! This "double whammy" effect is further
enhanced by the fact that employees are happier than otherwise,
since they are also saving taxes on the benefits they are paying for
under the plan.
Second, by setting up programs with trade
exchange members in the medical professions, the owner can further
reduce payroll taxes through the Cafeteria Plan. And at the same
time can convert the trade dollars spent into cash.
trick is to withhold the amount for the Cafeteria Plan from payroll
that the employee expects to spend each year on unreimbursed medical
expenses — such as deductibles or co-payments, or for dental
expenses where there is no dental plan. If the business owner then
pays the costs of the dentists, chiropractors or the medical doctors
with trade dollars, the firm has converted significant amounts of
trade into cash.
As an example, some employers provide that
the Cafeteria Plan covers annual physicals for employees, then
provides the on-site physician for the exam. Since they then pay the
doctor with trade dollars, the withheld cash from payroll amounts to
a very efficient conversion of trade to cash.
As we've seen,
a truly efficient use of trade dollars cannot only replace cash
expenditures, but it can generate tax or worker’s compensation
premium savings as well.
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