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5 smart tax moves

Taxes are painful. To help you reduce the bite, FSB spoke with top experts and compiled this list of tips for businesses looking to beat the taxman.

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Overlooked Deductions
You should take every single write-off you're due - and what's available may surprise you. Here's a classic example: Small companies frequently miscategorize the cost of business-trip hotel stays as entertainment (50% deductible) rather than lodging (100%). The feds are only too happy to hang on to this windfall.

Linda Rey (pictured at right, with sister Laura and father Frank) is co-owner of Rey Insurance, a broker based in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y. She and her partners (who also happen to be family members) hold a monthly dinner at a restaurant, which they treat as an offsite strategic planning meeting (100% deductible) rather than a business meal with a client (50%).

Even with coffee and Dunkin' Donuts for the Friday morning meeting, she always takes the full 100% deduction, while many companies wrongly file this under meals and take half. "I pay careful attention," says Rey. "Otherwise you end up giving a lot of money away."

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Last updated February 25 2008: 11:17 AM ET