Some help? – Small business jobs bill becomes law

A new law signed on September 27 will give small businesses some tax breaks and assistance in getting loans. The law provides a $30 billion fund to encourage community banks to lend to small companies.

 It extends 50% bonus depreciation for new business equipment purchased in 2010 and increases first-year expensing of new and used equipment purchased in 2010 and 2011 to $500,000.

The 2010 deduction for business start-up expenses doubles to $10,000, and self-employed individuals are allowed to deduct the cost of health insurance for themselves and their families in calculating self-employment taxes.

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