March 26, 2013
by Bob Meyer, Editor of BarterNews
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Business Trips Mixed
With Pleasure Can Be Tax-Deductible
If you’re planning a
summer vacation, there are ways you may be able to use the tax code
to help subsidize that summer trip to some popular tourist haven.
Here are some possibilities:
Mixing vacation with
business. One ticket to tax-deductible summer travel is to tack
some vacation onto a business trip you’re scheduled to take. If the
primary purpose of your trip is business, you can deduct the cost of
getting to and from your destination.
For example, say you
have a five-day professional convention in Honolulu this summer and
plan on staying an extra few days to lie on the beach and enjoy the
view. You can deduct 100% of your round-trip airfare to Hawaii.
There is no need to prorate the costs based on the proportion of
time you spent vacationing.
In contrast, food and
lodging costs usually must be prorated — only those attributable to
your five-day business convention would be deductible. There are,
however, a couple of situations where you can deduct living expenses
for your vacation days.
If you have business to
conduct on a Friday and Monday, you can deduct food and lodging for
the Saturday and Sunday in between, even if you spend the entire
Taking your family on a deductible trip won’t diminish your
write-offs. The IRS allows you to deduct whatever it would have cost
you to travel alone. So when figuring your deduction for lodging,
you can deduct the single-occupancy rate for your room, which will
usually be slightly less than the double-occupancy rate you actually
pay for a family.
If you drive to your
destination, you can deduct the full cost of your round-trip
transportation, because you would incur the same cost traveling
alone in the car. Of course, if you’re traveling by plane or train,
only your fare is deductible.
Professional seminars offer another chance for deductible travel.
Continuing-education courses and seminars for doctors, lawyers, and
other professionals are often held in popular tourist areas. Travel
costs are deductible if the education is needed to maintain or
upgrade skills in your job, and is the main purpose of your trip.
Volunteer charity work can also lead to deductible travel
opportunities. Traveling to an out-of-town convention of a
charitable or religious organization can be deductible — but only if
you’re an official delegate to the convention.
If you’re performing
charitable work away from home, you may be able to deduct the travel
costs. For example, scoutmasters who take Boy Scout troops on summer
camping trips can deduct travel expenses as a charitable
If you own an out-of-town rental property, you can deduct trips to
look after your investment. But be prepared to prove that the
primary purpose of your trip was to manage or work on the property —
not to vacation there.
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Despite the numerous products and services for sale in today’s
expanding barter marketplace, members of a trade exchange like all
consumers, will exchange their hard-earned trade dollars for only
two reasons: either to feel good or to solve a problem.
put it in a more personal perspective, your customers don’t buy what
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They don’t purchase
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What does the average consumer buy? Ideas, good feelings, self
respect, comfort and happiness — those are the things they want.
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Financial Guru Exclaims,
“It’s A Low-Return World Now!”
Bill Gross, the California-based Pimco bond-fund manager, says the
days of double-digit stock and bond returns are over. He contends
the world has changed: “It’s a low-return world now. And the future
will not resemble the past.”
reasons for the change, according to Gross, will be due to China and
India’s rise as low-cost providers of inexpensive goods and
services, near-record indebtedness of companies and individuals, and
demographic changes (especially in USA and Western Europe), because
it’s difficult to pump up consumption in an aging society.
interesting thing about reading the prognostications of financial
experts is they believe that most everyone will be in agreement with
Fortunately for the U.S. economy, 98% of the country’s 30 million
enterprises are entrepreneurially driven companies whose leaders are
not listening to Gross. They’re too busy working at building their
operations. So although it may be a low-return world for the largest
bond fund, Gross’ comments appear irrelevant for the majority of
hard-working entrepreneurs. They are people, such as ourselves, who
focus on cash business and use barter as a supplement whenever
the words of the late, famous entrepreneur Sam Walton (founder of
Wal-Mart), who, when asked how he felt about an impending recession,
smiled and replied, “We don’t plan to participate in it!”
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