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Many small business owners who deduct expenses for work clothes and uniforms on their taxes may want to look a bit closer at the tax rules. It turns out that many entrepreneurs choose to write off expenses that may not actually be tax-deductible at all, including clothing.

So are your business' work clothes and/or uniforms tax-deductible expenses? Here are some general guidelines:

Small businesses may be very successful raising funds through Kickstarter, but those who receive those funds shouldn't forget the potential tax implications of crowdfunding.

For its part, Kickstarter (with the caveat that they are not tax attorneys) claims that in general, "funds raised on Kickstarter are considered income." However, the crowdfunding platform also claims that Kickstarters may be able to classify certain funds as "nontaxable gifts" instead.

So which is it? Should businesses treat Kickstarter or crowdfunding money as taxable income?

When you're a small business owner, pretty much any meal is a tax-deductible business meal, right? Not necessarily.

The IRS has very specific rules for what is, and what isn't, considered a business meal for tax purposes. And unfortunately for many small business owners, eating lunch at your desk will most likely not be considered a tax-deductible business meal.

So what are the rules for when a meal can also be a write-off?

Texas strip clubs may soon get a little more expensive.

A so-called "pole tax" on Texas nudie bars was upheld last week by Texas' Third Court of Appeals. The strip clubs had challenged the $5-per-patron fee as an unconstitutional occupation tax in the latest legal challenge since the law was passed in 2007.

What was the legal thrust behind the clubs' latest challenge? And where does this leave Texas' "live nude entertainment" industry?

For Tax Day, here's something for small business owners to consider: Your business could be paying much less in taxes by taking some tips from big corporations.

Some of America's most profitable companies like Apple and Microsoft have effective tax rates lower than 30 percent, as Forbes points out.

So what can you do to effectively lower your small business' tax rate? Here are five ideas that may pay off for you:

Congress Talks Bitcoin, Small Business: 3 Tidbits

Congress held a hearing on Bitcoin and small businesses Wednesday. Though no action was taken, the discussion could impact the virtual currency and businesses that currently accept it (or are considering it) for payment.

In case you're still in the dark, Bitcoin is the world's first decentralized, peer-to-peer virtual currency. This means that it's not backed by any banks, credit card companies, or governments, according to The Washington Post.

So before you get on board with Bitcoin, here are three tidbits to ponder from the House Committee on Small Business' Bitcoin hearing:

Home Office Tax Deduction Made Simple for 2013

If you use part of your home for your business, you may be able to deduct expenses for the business use of your home. The home office tax deduction is available for homeowners and renters, and applies to all types of homes.

The best part is that the IRS has now simplified the method for determining the home office tax deduction.

But do you qualify for the simplified deduction?

Businesses Add 'Obamacare Fee' to Customer Bills

Some businesses -- mainly restaurants -- "are asking customers to help foot the bill for Obamacare" by adding an Affordable Care Act surcharge on their tabs, CNNMoney reports.

Case in point: At least eight Gator's Dockside restaurants in central Florida are now charging a so-called "Obamacare fee" that amounts to 1 percent of a customer's check.

Should your business include an Obamacare fee or surcharge on customer bills?

Top 5 Tips for Your IRS 1099 Forms

For small business owners, IRS tax forms can be confusing -- especially when it comes to 1099 forms.

A business' 1099s need to be sent out by the end of January. And with the increasing nuances in forms, employers more than ever need to be on top of their tax games.

To help avoid tax penalties and blunders, here are five tips you'll want to consider when sending out your IRS 1099 forms:

Small Business Taxes: 10 Basic Tips for Startups

Starting a small business can be taxing, both literally and figuratively. That's why our Starting Your Own Business series is concluding today with an introduction to small business taxes.

Figuring out your business tax obligations is one of the biggest hurdles facing small business owners. You never know when Uncle Sam is going to conduct an audit on your business, so it's best to make sure you cover all your bases.

But with so many tax rules in place, where should you begin? Here are 10 basic tax tips for small businesses that can help keep you off the IRS' radar: