Senate stimulus looks better for businesses (Fortune Small Business)

If you’ve been dying to know what Congress’ economic stimulus package means for your Section 179 deductions, your prayers have been answered:

The Senate version of an economic stimulus bill, which could come to a vote this week, contains several tax provisions intended to benefit small businesses, including some not present in the House bill passed last week.

First and foremost, the Senate bill, proposed by Senate Finance Committee chair Max Baucus (D-Mont.), would extend a helping hand to businesses facing large operating losses in either the 2006 or 2007 tax year, allowing them to write off those losses against gains as far as five years back, rather than the current two-year limit… [read more]