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[3/26/2015|21:33] Swift Transportation Company (SWFT) is Trading Lower on Unusual Volume for ...
[Thursday]
Swift Transportation Company (SWFT) is Trading Lower on Unusual Volume for ...
Equities.com - 23 hours ago
Swift Transportation Company ($SWFT) experienced unusually high volume on Mar. 26, as the stock lost 4.09% to a closing price of $26.27.


[3/26/2015|15:3] Bears drive Swift Transportation
[Thursday]

[3/23/2015|11:20] 3 big plays on small cap stocks: Pro
[Monday]

[3/19/2015|19:5] Swift’s Debt Reduction Initiative Boosts Stock Returns
[Thursday]

[3/19/2015|17:5] YRC picks up general counsel from Swift Transportation
[Thursday]
YRC picks up general counsel from Swift Transportation
Kansas City Business Journal - Mar 19, 2015
Late on Wednesday, the Overland Park-based less-than-truckload carrier (Nasdaq: YRCW) announced James "Jim" Fry as its vice president, general counsel and secretary.


[3/18/2015|21:5] 4Q14 Performance Analysis of Swift’s Intermodal Segment
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[3/18/2015|17:5] Analysis of Swift’s CRS Segment 4Q14 Performance
[Wednesday]

[3/17/2015|16:5] Swift Transportation: A Company Overview
[Tuesday]

[3/12/2015|20:8] SWIFT TRANSPORTATION CO Files SEC form 8-K, Change in Directors or Principal Officers
[Thursday]

[3/10/2015|20:27] SHAREHOLDER ALERT: The Law Firm of Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Launches an Investigation into Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty by the Board of Directors of Swift Transportation Company
[Tuesday][Business Wire] - Levi & Korsinsky, LLP is investigating Swift Transportation Company in connection with possible breaches of fiduciary duty by the Board of Directors of the Company.

[2/27/2015|18:4] SWIFT TRANSPORTATION CO Financials
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[2/23/2015|0:7] 10-K for Swift Transportation Co.
[Monday]

[2/20/2015|18:59] SWIFT TRANSPORTATION CO Files SEC form 10-K, Annual Report
[Friday]

[2/20/2015|16:12] Swift Transportation: Citi Discusses 'Tactical Outlook For Truck Carriers, OEMs And Suppliers'
[Friday]

[2/18/2015|18:20] Coverage initiated on Swift Transportation by UBS
[Wednesday]

[2/11/2015|16:30] Swift Transportation Company Announces Record Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014
[Wednesday][at noodls] - PHOENIX--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Swift Transportation Company (NYSE:SWFT), a leader in transportation solutions and the nation's largest truckload provider, has issued its fourth quarter and year ended December ...

[2/6/2015|22:30] Union Pacific Increases Dividend by 10%, Names New CEO - Analyst Blog
[Friday]

[2/5/2015|19:3] SHAREHOLDER ALERT: The Law Firm of Levi & Korsinsky, LLP Launches an Investigation into Possible Breaches of Fiduciary Duty by the Board of Directors of Swift Transportation Company
[Thursday][PR Newswire] - NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Levi & Korsinsky, LLP is investigating Swift Transportation Company (NYSE: SWFT) in connection with possible breaches of fiduciary duty by the Board of Directors ...

[1/29/2015|22:43] Trucking Stocks Benefit From Lower Fuel Expense
[Thursday]

[1/29/2015|16:38] Swift Transportation (SWFT) Stock Drops Despite Earnings Beat
[Thursday]

[1/28/2015|22:30] Swift Transportation Reports Record 4th Quarter Profit
[Wednesday]
Swift Transportation Reports Record 4th Quarter Profit
Truckinginfo - Jan 28, 2015
The trucking company Swift Transportation Co. reported record fourth quarter income and revenue on Wednesday. Net income totaled $58.5 million, up from $45.3 million the same time a year earlier, while basic earnings per share were 41 cents compared to ...


[1/28/2015|21:54] Swift Transportation beats 4Q profit forecasts
[Wednesday]

[1/28/2015|21:54] Swift Transportation beats 4Q profit forecasts
[Wednesday]

[1/28/2015|20:48] Swift Transportation (SWFT) Showing Signs Of Being Water-Logged And Getting ...
[Wednesday]
Swift Transportation (SWFT) Showing Signs Of Being Water-Logged And Getting ...
TheStreet.com - Jan 28, 2015
Swift Transportation Company operates as a multi-faceted transportation services company in North America. The company operates through four segments: Truckload, Dedicated, Central Refrigerated, and Intermodal.


[1/22/2015|15:39] Sanchez Energy Corp (SN), Swift Transportation Co (SWFT): Odey Asset ...
[Thursday]
Sanchez Energy Corp (SN), Swift Transportation Co (SWFT): Odey Asset ...
Insider Monkey (blog) - Jan 22, 2015
Crispin Odey's Odey Asset Management shed its entire stake in Sanchez Energy Corp (NYSE:SN), which amounted to 2.2 million shares.


[1/22/2015|12:0] Brokerage Firm Price Target on Swift Transportation Co
[Thursday]
Brokerage Firm Price Target on Swift Transportation Co
Stafford Daily - Jan 22, 2015
Deutsche Bank maintains its rating on Swift Transportation Co (NYSE:SWFT). The global brokerage major raises the current price target from $30 per share to $34 per share.


[12/17/2014|5:26] Swift Transportation Larger Than S&P 500 Component Denbury Resources
[Wednesday]
Swift Transportation Larger Than S&P 500 Component Denbury Resources
Forbes - Dec 17, 2014
Market capitalization is an important data point for investors to keep an eye on, for various reasons. The most basic reason is that it gives a true comparison of the value attributed by the stock market to a given company's stock. Many beginning ...


[10/23/2014|19:18] Earnings Reaction History: Swift Transportation Company, 20.0% Follow ...
[Thursday]
Earnings Reaction History: Swift Transportation Company, 20.0% Follow ...
Nasdaq - Oct 23, 2014
is due to issue its quarterly earnings report in the upcoming extended-hours session. Given its history, traders can expect light trading in the issue immediately following its quarterly earnings announcement.


[7/25/2014|18:9] Why Swift Transportation Co. Stock Crashed Today
[Friday]
Why Swift Transportation Co. Stock Crashed Today
Motley Fool - Jul 25, 2014
Although we don't believe in timing the market or panicking over market movements, we do like to keep an eye on big changes -- just in case they're material to our investing thesis.
Swift Falls Most Since 2010 IPO as Profit Forecast Trails - Bloomberg


[5/9/2014|15:55] Swift Transportation Company, background checks and the FCRA
[Friday]
Swift Transportation Company, background checks and the FCRA
Lexology (registration) - May 9, 2014
There's already been quite a bit of media attention around the fact that Swift Transportation Company (Swift) agreed to a $4.4 million settlement to settle a class action lawsuit which alleged that the company failed to inform job applicants about ...


[3/14/2013|16:44] The Technical Indicator: S&P 500 inches to major technical test
[Thursday]Focus: Dow Transports, IYT, IDCC, SWFT, R, CROX, ZUMZ The Dow Jones Industrial Average has notched nine straight up days for the first time since November 1996. Against this backdrop, the S&P 500 Index is challenging its all-time closing high — S&P 1,565 — and this area remains the technical bull-bear battleground.

[7/20/2012|13:58] MarketWatch.com: Hot stocks to watch
[Friday]Among the companies with shares expected to actively trade in Friday's session are Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. CMG, SanDisk Corp. SNDK and Xerox Corp. XRX. Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. CMG said its customer traffic growth has slowed recently, raising the possibility that some people are trading down to less pricey fast-food restaurants as a result of the uncertain economy.

[10/19/2011|22:46] MarketWatch.com: Swift swings to profit on better volume, pricing
[Wednesday]Swift Transportation Co. SWFT swung to a third-quarter profit as the trucking company said its improved volume and pricing overwhelmed pressure from higher fuel and maintenance costs. Shares in the company, which went public in December, were up 11% at $8.99 after hours as adjusted earnings beat expectations.

[8/24/2011|21:29] Movers & Shakers: Wednesday’s biggest gaining and declining stocks
[Wednesday]Bank of America, Heineken, McGraw-Hill, United Therapeutics MarketWatch’s daily rundown of shares making sizable moves in the U.S. stock market.

[12/17/2010|21:50] IPO Report: QR Energy slips, Fortegra flat in debuts
[Friday]Shares of QR Energy and Fortegra Financial trade mostly flat as the two newly public companies cap off a busy, if uneven, week for IPOs.

[1/25/2007|3:31] Earnings Watch: Updates, advisories and surprises
[Thursday]A roundup of the latest corporate earnings reports and what companies are saying about future quarters.

[1/22/2007|23:50] Movers & Shakers: Monday's biggest stock gainers and decliners
[Monday]Stocks to watch

[1/22/2007|21:4] MarketWatch.com: Swift shares surge on buyout bid
[Monday]SAN FRANCISCO (MarketWatch) -- Swift Transportation Co. shares surged nearly 10% Monday in the first trading session since directors agreed to an increased bid from the trucking company's founder and former top executive to take it private.

[1/22/2007|13:36] Indications: U.S. stock futures up on tech sector recovery hopes
[Monday]LONDON (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stock market futures edged higher on Monday, with investors taking another look at the technology sector after a difficult week.

[1/22/2007|9:38] Market Snapshot: U.S. stocks closed sharply lower, led by techs
[Monday]NEW YORK (MarketWatch) -- U.S. stocks closed sharply lower Monday, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average losing more than 100 points at its worst level and the Nasdaq Composite down more than 1%, as sentiment towards the technology sector soured further after disappointing earnings last week.

[//|:] Yellen sounds hawkish tone on first rate hike
[]Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the return to a normal Fed funds rate was 'likely to be gradual.'

[//|:] The investing lesson of 1937: Hold some cash
[]Sure, yields are puny. But when stocks next tumble, the value of cash will be clear, says columnist Morgan Housel.

[//|:] Take a look inside the millionaires' gun club
[]Pine Creek is an exclusive 2,500-acre community in Okeechobee, Florida, that caters to rich gun lovers. "Secret Lives of the Super Rich" takes a look inside.

[//|:] 6 joys of part-time retirement
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[//|:] Stocks break 4-day losing streak amid Yellen comments
[]U.S. stocks traded mostly higher as equities attempted to break last four days of decline and investors remained cautious ahead of earnings in April.

[//|:] Seat shortage prompts Boeing to park jets in desert
[](Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co. is temporarily storing two new 787 Dreamliner jets in California’s Mojave Desert, usually a resting place for decrepit aircraft,...

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[//|:] Here's more proof US economy is beating the world's
[]<p>At first glance, the corporate profits data released Friday by the Commerce Department don't look good. Profits fell by 0.8 percent in 2014 from the prior year, the first decline since the middle of the recession.</p>

[//|:] Amazon reportedly planning its largest acquisition yet
[]Acquiring Net-a-Porter would mean a new commitment to a segment that Amazon has been eyeing for long.

[//|:] Germanwings crash prompts aviation overhaul
[]The Germanwings air tragedy in France this week could push the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to aannounce new safety recommendations.

[//|:] 10 common investing rules that no longer apply
[]Old-school investing advice, such as the "4 percent rule," should evolve with the times.

[//|:] RadioShack's assets sold for $140 million
[]<p>RadioShack has named a Standard General unit as winner of an auction for 1,743 of its stores and related assets, but a battle over its credit-bidding rights remains.</p>

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[//|:] Apple's Cook, others slam Indiana over new religion law
[]Salesforce.com, Hillary Clinton, Miley Cyrus and others have attacked Indiana over its new religious freedom law.

[//|:] Seat shortage prompts Boeing to park jets in desert
[](Bloomberg) -- Boeing Co. is temporarily storing two new 787 Dreamliner jets in California’s Mojave Desert, usually a resting place for decrepit aircraft,...

[//|:] Germanwings crash prompts aviation overhaul
[]The Germanwings air tragedy in France this week could push the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) to aannounce new safety recommendations.

[//|:] Amazon reportedly planning its largest acquisition yet
[]Acquiring Net-a-Porter would mean a new commitment to a segment that Amazon has been eyeing for long.

[//|:] From new logos to New Coke: 5 corporate mistakes
[]<p>Mega coffee chain Starbucks wanted to spark a conversation about race when it asked baristas to write "Race Together" on customers' cups as part of a broader effort, but people standing in line for their morning java were not amused. Many voiced complaints on social media and elsewhere that they didn't want a debate with their brew and Starbucks ended the campaign Sunday, although they said the campaign was always meant to be brief.</p>

[//|:] Daimler's Mercedes-Benz developing midsize pickup
[]BÖBLINGEN, Germany--With a tug, Volker Mornhinweg pulled a covering off a life-size clay model of the pickup truck that Daimler AG's Mercedes-Benz intends to enter the global market for midsize haulers.

[//|:] Markets


[//|:] Stocks break 4-day losing streak amid Yellen comments
[]U.S. stocks traded mostly higher as equities attempted to break last four days of decline and investors remained cautious ahead of earnings in April.

[//|:] Investors flee US stock funds at rate last seen in 2009
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[//|:] Yellen sounds hawkish tone on first rate hike
[]Fed Chair Janet Yellen said the return to a normal Fed funds rate was 'likely to be gradual.'

[//|:] Here's more proof US economy is beating the world's
[]<p>At first glance, the corporate profits data released Friday by the Commerce Department don't look good. Profits fell by 0.8 percent in 2014 from the prior year, the first decline since the middle of the recession.</p>

[//|:] 4 ways to plan for the next market drop
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[//|:] The curious reason stocks may rise until tax day
[]The theory, for which there’s statistical support, is that the government has a vested interest in making sure there is sufficient liquidity, says Mark Hulbert.

[//|:] Technology Investing


[//|:] Google to pay CFO Porat more than $70 million
[]Google Inc said it would pay its new Chief Financial Officer, Ruth Porat, more than $70 million through a combination of restricted stock units and a biennial grant.

[//|:] Drones Invade Hollywood
[]Drones are being used to film everything from movies to sports events to commercials, creating a new visual vocabulary in the entertainment industry—but safety concerns remain.

[//|:] Apple Watch availability expected to be very limited
[]Walk-ins may not be turned away, but it's highly likely that choice Apple Watch models will not be available on launch day.

[//|:] Apple CEO Tim Cook will donate his fortune
[]Apple has become a philanthropic player under Steve Jobs' successor.

[//|:] Most tech workers report being bullied at work
[]If you thought bullying ended at the schoolyard, you're sadly mistaken. The problem prompted one IT CEO to launch a "No Jerks Allowed" campaign.

[//|:] Japanese robot maker Fanuc reveals some of its secrets
[]Fanuc, which helps make iPhones and Teslas, is opening its doors after long eschewing investor contacts.

[//|:] Real Estate


[//|:] 13 steps to hiring a contractor who won't rip you off
[]With home remodeling, everything hinges on finding the right person for the job, and defining and managing the project from the get-go.

[//|:] 10 Mid-Century Modern Listings Just in Time for 'Mad Men'
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[//|:] 7 Dumb (Expensive) Moves Homebuyers Make
[]We're entering the prime homebuying season, and that means people across the nation will soon be making these dumb mistakes.

[//|:] See the best mortgage rates in your area
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[//|:] 7 tips for picking a real estate agent
[]Ever wish you could see through the hype to hire the best real estate agent for buying or selling your home? When it comes to choosing real estate agents, "we don't have the information that we have about other service professionals," says Stephen Brobeck, executive director of the Consumer Federation of America, in Washington, D.C. However, there are things you can do to pull back the curtain and accurately assess a real estate agent's past performance and potential success with your home. Whether you're the buyer or the seller, here are seven ways you can find out more about your agent before you hire. 1. Talk with recent clients Ask agents to provide a list of what they've listed and sold in the past year, with contact information, says Ron Phipps, past president of the Chicago-based National Association of Realtors, or NAR. Before you start calling the names, ask the agent if anyone will be "particularly pleased or particularly disappointed," he says. With past clients, "I'd like to know what the asking price was and then what the sales price was," says William Poorvu, adjunct professor emeritus at Harvard Business School and co-author of "The Real Estate Game: The Intelligent Guide to Decision-making and Investment." And, if you're the seller, ask if these past properties are similar to yours in price, location and other salient features, Poorvu says. What you want is someone who specializes in exactly what you're selling. Another good question for sellers is: How long has the home been on the market? 2. Look up the licensing States will have boards that license and discipline real estate agents in those states, says Phipps. Check with your state's regulatory body to find out if the person is licensed and if there have been any disciplinary actions or complaints, or check to see if the information is posted online. 3. Pick a winner Peer-given awards count, says Phipps. One that really means something is the "Realtor of the Year" designation awarded by the state or local branch of NAR. "These agents are the best as judged by their peers," he says. "That's a huge endorsement." 4. Select an agent with the right credentials Just as doctors specialize, so do real estate agents. And even generalists will get additional training in some areas. So that alphabet soup after the name can be an indication that the person has taken additional classes in a certain specialty of real estate sales. Here's what some of the designations mean: CRS (Certified Residential Specialist): Completed additional training in handling residential real estate. ABR (Accredited Buyer's Representative): Completed additional education in representing buyers in a transaction. SRES (Seniors Real Estate Specialist): Completed training aimed at helping buyers and sellers in the 50-plus age range. If the agent calls himself a Realtor with a capital "R," that means he's a member of NAR. By hiring a Realtor, "the most important thing you get is an agent who formally pledges to support the code of ethics," says Phipps. 5. Research how long the agent has been in business You can often find out how long the agent has been selling real estate from the state licensing authority. Or, you can just ask the agent. "If they haven't been in business five years, they're learning on you and that's not good," says Robert Irwin, author of "Tips & Traps When Buying a Home." Ultimately, what you're looking for is someone who is actively engaged in a particular area and price range, says Phipps. You'll want to know what knowledge of those two factors they can demonstrate and "what kind of market presence they have," he says. 6. Look at their current listings Check out an agent's listings online, says Brobeck. Two places to look are the agency's own site and Realtor.com, a website that compiles properties in the Multiple Listing Service into a searchable online database. Most buyers start their search on the Internet, and you want an agent who uses that tool effectively. "A key thing is an attractive presentation on the Web," says Brobeck. You also can look at how closely the agent's listings mirror the property you want to buy or sell. Are they in the same area? Is the price range similar? And does the agent have enough listings to indicate a healthy business but not so many that you'd just be a number? 7. Ask about other houses for sale nearby A good agent should know about other area properties that are available "off the top of his head," says Irwin. Mention a house in your area that's sold recently or is for sale. If the agent knows the property and can give you a few details, that means he or she really knows your area, he says. "You want someone like that who's on top of the market."

[//|:] Home Prices Are Surging 13 Times Faster Than Wages
[]<p>For most people, buying a home is no cheap venture. That's especially the case when the growth in U.S. home prices is beating wage increases 13 to 1.</p>

[//|:] Seven things you didn't know about WWE
[]Pro Wrestling is big business. With WWE's flagship event, WrestleMania, just around the corner, CNBC's Landon Dowdy brings us up to speed about the hard numbers behind the industry.

[//|:] Diet Coke kicked out of No. 2 spot by Pepsi
[]FBN’s Maria Bartiromo, Jo Ling Kent and Liz MacDonald discuss the biggest business news stories of the day.

[//|:] Crowdfunding for house flippers
[]CNBC's Diana Olick reports on a new way some real estate investors are finding to fund their projects.

[//|:] Chicken Is Favorite Protein of U.S., World: Popeyes CEO
[]March 27 -- Popeyes CEO Cheryl Bachelder discusses the battle over serving chicken in fast food restaurants. She speaks on “In The Loop.”

[//|:] How to Hire a Contractor Who Won't Rip You Off
[]When it comes to hiring a contractor, it pays to know the tricks of the trade.

[//|:] Ferrari's better, faster supercar
[]Ferrari debuted the 488 GTB at the Geneva Motor Show. Ferrari promises a true driver's car with the power to back it up. But don't expect to get your hands on one quickly, the wait list is long.

[//|:] Vice to Launch Daily Newscast for HBO
[]HBO and Vice Media will produce a daily newscast and a stand-alone online channel. WSJ's Lukas Alpert reports.

[//|:] Amazon is in Talks to Buy Luxury Online Retailer Net-A-Porter
[]Amazon is in talks to buy luxury retailer Net-A-Porter, according to Forbes. It would be the biggest acquisition yet for Amazon but the negotiations are in the early stages and could still fall apart. The potential deal values Net-A-Porter at $2 billion euros. A deal would give Amazon exposure in the high end fashion market, which is currently lacks. Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen gives a speech today just before the closing bell. Yahoo has boosted its stock buyback program by 2 billion dollars. The additional buyback should bolster Yahoo's position against activist investor Starboard. Restoration Hardware blames west cost port strike for earnings miss.

[//|:] Here's what a Warren Buffett diet would look like
[]March 26 -- Bloomberg’s Alix Steel and Matt Miller speculate on a diet made up of Berkshire Hathaway food industry holdings. They speak on “Market Makers.”

[//|:] Apple takes on Spotify
[]Apple is reportedly developing a subscription-based streaming music service. Its move reflects listeners' shift toward streaming from downloads. Fred Katayama reports.

[//|:] The wealthiest man in Ohio is a lingerie salesman
[]L Brands CEO Les Wexner is worth more than $7.5 billion. He founded the company that owns Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works and he hasn't lost his touch. The stock is near its all-time high.

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[]CNBC's Sharon Epperson shed lights on how to maximizing your social security benefits, and pros and cons of different retirement age plans.

[//|:] Build a new house with a 3D printer?
[]Marketing Zen CEO Shama Hyder and FBN’s Neil Cavuto on 3D printed houses, a tech suit that intensifies a workout for athletes and Boeing working on a laser force field that could protect planes.

[//|:] Beware of these dumb mistakes homebuyers often make
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[//|:] A dozen deductions for your small business
[]Small-business tax rule No. 1: Don't mess with the IRS. But that doesn't mean you should cheat yourself. Take every legal deduction you can. Here are a dozen that even savvy small-business owners and entrepreneurs sometimes forget. 1. Home office Concerned that claiming a home office deduction is tantamount to sending an engraved invitation to an IRS auditor? Don't be, says Jan Zobel, author of "Minding Her Own Business: The Self-Employed Woman's Guide to Taxes and Recordkeeping." The deductible dozen Home office Office supplies Furniture Other equipment Software and subscriptions Mileage Travel, meals, entertainment and gifts Insurance premiums Retirement contribution Social Security Telephone charges Child labor "I don't agree that chances of getting audited are greater with a home office deduction," says Zobel, a San Francisco Bay-area tax expert who specializes in serving the self-employed. The key is that you use the term "home office" the same way the IRS does. The tax agency says it must be a space devoted to your business and absolutely nothing else. Deducting the den that houses the family computer and serves as a guest bedroom won't fly with Uncle Sam. "If you only have one computer and you have a child over 4, the IRS is going to be pretty certain that the child is using the computer," says Zobel. "And the burden of proof is on you." The deduction, however, isn't limited to a full room. Your home office can be part of a room. Just how much of the space is deductible? Measure your work area and divide by the square footage of your home. That percentage is the fraction of your home-related business expenses -- rent, mortgage, insurance, electricity, etc. -- that you can claim. There's also a newer way to claim a home office deduction. Read "Use newer, simplified home office deduction" for details. 2. Office supplies Even if you don't take the home office deduction, you can deduct the business supplies you buy. Hang on to those receipts, because these expenditures will offset your taxable business income. 3. Furniture When your office supplies are more than just pens and paper, you have another tax-cutting opportunity. Office-furniture acquisitions provide a couple of choices. Deduct 100 percent of the cost in the year of the purchase or deduct a portion of the expense over seven years, also known as depreciation. To take the whole cost in one tax year, you'll use the Section 179 deduction (named for the part of the tax code where the law appears). Recent tax-law changes have made this deduction even more attractive. H.R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014, which was signed into law Dec. 19, 2014, retroactively reinstated the $500,000 deduction limit for Section 179. (That law also included the expired package of tax extenders.) However, unless Congress acts again, the Section 179 limit for 2015 will be just $25,000. If you choose instead to depreciate the desks and filing cabinets, you can't simply split the cost into equal portions over the depreciation period. Instead, you must use an IRS chart to make separate calculations each year. Which is better for you? Anticipate the times that your business will need these deductions the most. Both options are reported on IRS Form 4562. 4. Other equipment Items such as computers, copiers, fax machines and scanners also are tax-deductible. As with furniture, you can take 100 percent upfront or depreciate (this time over five years). 5. Software and subscriptions The increased Section 179 provides another tax break in this area of business expenses. Previously, a company had to depreciate the cost of computer software over three years. Now, off-the-shelf software a business buys can be fully expensed in the year purchased. Again, this option must be renewed for the 2015 tax year and beyond. The rules for deducting business and industry-related magazine subscriptions weren't changed. You can continue to take the total costs as a full deduction in the year spent. 6. Mileage If you drive for business, the IRS wants to give you some of your money back. But Uncle Sam loves documentation, so keep a notebook in your vehicle to record the date, mileage, tolls, parking costs and the purpose of your trip. At the end of the year, you have two choices. You can total the mileage and add in the tolls and parking to calculate your deduction. Once you have your mileage total, multiply it by 56 cents for your 2014 deduction. For 2015 business tax purposes, the rate increases to 57.5 cents a mile. Or you can measure your business usage against your personal driving and deduct that portion of your auto-related expenses, says Zobel. Remember to include gas, repairs and insurance. If you are leasing, include those payments. If you are buying the car, factor in the interest on your loan and depreciation on your vehicle. And if your company's office is at your house, you get a bit more of a break. You can deduct the entire business-related mileage, from the minute you pull out of the driveway until you return home, says Gary W. Carter, CPA and author of "J.K. Lasser's Taxes Made Easy for Your Home-Based Business: The Ultimate Tax Handbook for the Self-employed." If your business is not home-based, your mileage meter starts at your first business-related destination and ends at your last. You can't include the drive to and from home, says Carter. In this case, try to schedule several business appointments on the same day to allow you to take the mileage between stops as a tax write-off. 7. Travel, meals, entertainment and gifts Good news, small-business travelers. You might as well stay in a nice hotel, because the entire cost is tax-deductible. Likewise, the cost of travel -- air, rail or auto -- is 100 percent deductible, as are costs associated with life on the road (dry cleaning, rental cars and tipping the bellboy). The only exception is dining out. You can deduct only 50 percent of your meals while traveling. So stay at the Ritz and eat at Wendy's. Once you get home, your on-the-job meals aren't deductible -- unless you bring along a client to talk business. In this case, you might consider splurging on a fancier meal because then you can write off half such work-related dining costs. The 50 percent deduction limit applies to most other client entertainment expenses, too. But a direct gift to a client or employee is 100 percent deductible, says Zobel, up to $25 per person per year. 8. Insurance premiums Self-employed and paying your own health insurance premiums? These costs are 100 percent deductible. This break primarily benefits proprietorships, but there are limits. The deduction can't be more than your business' net profit. And it's not allowed if you were eligible for other health care coverage, including that offered by your employed spouse's medical plan. Did your spouse work for you last year? Then, Carter says, you can get the full medical premiums deduction on your return. As an employee, your spouse's premiums are 100 percent deductible; if you and the children were on his or her policy as dependents, so are those costs. Two caveats: 1) Your spouse's employment must be real, not in name only, and you must offer coverage equally to any other employees. 2) Failure to meet these requirements could result in a lawsuit, an audit or both. You also can include some of the premiums you pay for long-term care insurance for yourself, your spouse or dependents. 9. Retirement contributions Are you self-employed and saving for your own retirement with a SEP IRA or Keogh? Don't forget to deduct your contribution on your personal income tax return. 10. Social Security The bad news: If you're self-employed or starting a small business, you have to pay double the Social Security contributions you would as an employee. That's because federal law requires the employer pay half and the employee pay half. Self-employed workers are both, meaning the total will equal 15.3 percent of your net profits. The good news: You can deduct half of the contribution on your 1040. 11. Telephone charges You can deduct the cost of the business calls that you make for business from home. When your bill comes in, circle the business-related calls, total them up and keep a copy. At the end of the year, tally your 12 bills and deduct 100 percent. The IRS assumes that you will have a phone in your house anyway, so Zobel cautions that regular fees and charges don't count toward your deduction. But if you have a second line installed and use it only for business, all of these charges are deductible. Many people now rely solely on a cellphone. If you use your cellphone for your business, you can claim those calls as a tax deduction. If 30 percent of your time on the phone is spent on business, you could legitimately deduct 30 percent of your phone bill. 12. Child labor "It's always good to employ your kids," says Carter. Depending upon how much you paid them, they might be able to avoid income taxes. Plus, there is no Social Security tax when you hire your child who is 17 or younger and you can deduct the salary as a business expense. This break is available, however, only if you operate as a sole proprietor or as a partnership in which you and your spouse are the only partners. If your business runs as a corporation, then it, not you, is considered the employer and the corporation is not relieved of the tax liabilities. Make the money go even further. Have your child contribute to a Roth IRA, says Carter. Not only have you gotten a nice tax deduction from the salary and trained your youngster to save, you've also helped establish a nest egg for his or her future.

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