Newsletter Masthead
April 2010
 Last Minute Tax Tips




1) Depreciation: The maximum first-year depreciation deduction has been increased by $8,000 for cars placed in service before 2010. The Section 179 deduction is still at $250,000 for 2009. The first-year bonus depreciation break of $50,000 is still in place for 2009.

2) Cobra Credit: If you provided a COBRA subsidy to laid off employees, you can claim a credit for the provided COBRA subsidy.

3) Home Builder Tax Credit: If you build homes, you may claim a credit of up to $2,000 for each qualified energy-efficient home constructed and acquired from you for use as a residence.




1) The first $2,400 of federal unemployment compensation benefits you receive are excluded from gross income.

2) Making Work Pay tax credit: A maximum of $400 for working individuals and $800 for working married couples, is reduced by the amount of any Economic Recovery Payment ($250 per eligible recipient of Social Security, Supplemental Security Income, Railroad Retirement or Veteran's benefits) or Special Credit for Certain Government Retirees ($250 per eligible federal or state retiree) that you receive.

3) You can claim a deduction for “qualified tuition and related expenses” relating to the enrollment or attendance of you, your spouse or your dependent at an eligible college or university. While it is subject to phase-outs at higher income levels, the deduction can be as large as $4,000.

4) Home Buyer Tax Credits Up-to-$8,000 credit for first time buyers and up to 6,500 for other home owners. It is subject to phase-outs at certain income levels and the home you buy has to be your principal residence.

5) You may be able to deduct state and local sales and excise taxes if you buy a car, motorhome, motorbike or light truck.

6) Capital Gains: If you are in the 10% or 15% tax bracket, the current tax rate for long-term capital gains is 0%.

7) Make energy efficient improvements to their home? For the 2009 and 2010 tax season, the tax credit has been increased to 30% of the cost of the improvement up to $1,500.

8) Tax-free direct transfer of up to $100,000 from your IRA to a charitable organization.  You must be age 70½ or older to do this.

Of course, check with your financial adviser to see if these tax tips apply to you or your business.

Ben Moore
Agent Technologies, Inc.


Continue to blog about this article at:

View Past Issues at:



The Consumer's Workshop: the future of American manufacturing
The Consumer's Workshop: The Future of American Manufacturing is a hand book on how to setup the systems within your company and create the workforce you need to be successful now and in the future.  Written by authors that have worked at some of America's largest manufacturers, founded their own manufacturing organizations and helped numerous small manufacturers grow.
The Consumer's Workshop: The Future of American Manufacturing is a must read for today's business leaders.  It is insightful and provocative in its approach to where US manufacturing has been, how manufacturing got into the troubles it faces today and what we need to do to become the standard for world class once again.  If we want to know how to regain that competitive edge once again, the roadmap is certainly the pages of The Consumer Workshop.

-- Bruce Vaillancourt,Director, NIST MEP Program, TechSolve, Inc.

Book The Consumer's Workshop is an extremely timely review of how manufacturing strategy developed in the past
and how it will change in the future. The author team clearly demonstrates that companies have to change -- and provide plenty of advise how such a change should take place."
-- Frank Piller, PhD, International Manufacturing Consultant

As the authors make clear, eventually American manufacturing will become the workshop for direct production of consumer's own designs -- or it will be no more. Begin that path by following the steps outlined here."
-- B. Joseph Pine II, author, Mass Customization: The New Frontier in Business Competition

Investment: $12.99





In This Issue

Last Minute Tax Tips

xRP: Free 30 Day Trial
Manufacturing Statistics April 2010


Xrp Logo

Online CRM / ERP Solution 

Increase Sales 

Manf Rep Software
Hosted ERP

Base Subscription:
$9 per Month per User 

 30 day free trial 

Watch a 10 Minute Video on Why You Need xRP


Factory Image
Manufacturing Statistics 
1) Manufacturing Output increased 0.1% in February 2010.  The capacity utilization rate for total industry rose 0.2 percentage point to 72.7 percent, a rate 7.9 percentage points below its average from 1972 to 2009. Source: Federal Reserve Board

2) Manufacturing added 17,000 jobs in March primarily in fabricated metal products and machinery.  Overall, nonfarm payroll employment increased by 162,000 in March.  Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

3) Manufacturing Trade Deficit increased to $39.7 billion in February from $37.0 billion (revised) in January, as imports increased more than exports.   Sources: Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis

4) New orders for manufactured durable goods in February 2010 increased $0.9 billion or 0.5 percent to $178.1. Source:Census Bureau

5) Manufacturers' Inventories in February 2010 increased $1.0 billion or 0.3 percent to $303.9 billion.  Source: Census Bureau


Agent Technologies, Inc.
Phone:  513-942-9444
Fax:  513-942-9446
Founded in 1995, Agent Technologies, Inc. provides e-Commerce Solutions, Business Reporting Solutions, e-Business Strategy Development and Agent Based Systems. Try xRP - Our Online CRM/ERP Solution (  FREE 30 Day Trial!
Agent Technologies, Inc. | 8216 Princeton-Glendale Road, Suite 191 | West Chester | OH | 45069