Category Archives: Business Tax Prep

Be Prepared When Natural Disasters Strike

preparing for natural disastersWhile Fall is the prime time for Atlantic hurricanes, natural disasters of all kinds can strike at any time. As such, it’s a good idea for taxpayers to think about–and plan ahead for–what they can do to be prepared. Continue reading

Tax Advantages of S-Corporations

s-corporationsAs a small business owner, figuring out which form of business structure to use when you started was one of the most important decisions you had to make; however, it’s always a good idea to periodically revisit that decision as your business grows. For example, as a sole proprietor, you must pay a self-employment tax rate of 15.3% in addition to your individual tax rate; however, if you were to revise your business structure to become a corporation and elect S-Corporation status you could take advantage of a lower tax rate. Continue reading

Small Business: Tips for Ensuring Financial Success

small business accountingCan you point your company in the direction of financial success, step on the gas, and then sit back and wait to arrive at your destination? While you may wish it was that easy, the truth is that you can’t let your business run on autopilot and expect good results, and any business owner knows you need to make numerous adjustments along the way. So, how do you handle the array of questions facing you? One way is through cost accounting. Continue reading

October 1 Deadline to Set Up Simple IRA Plans

Simple IRAsOf all the retirement plans available to small business owners, the SIMPLE IRA plan (Savings Incentive Match PLan for Employees) is the easiest to set up and the least expensive to manage. The catch is that you’ll need to set it up by October 1st. Here’s what you need to know. Continue reading

Who Can Represent You Before the IRS?

representing you to IRSMany people use a tax professional to prepare their taxes. Anyone who prepares, or assists in preparing, all or substantially all of a federal tax return for compensation is required to have a valid Preparer Tax Identification Number (PTIN). All enrolled agents must also have a valid PTIN. Continue reading

Tax Deductions for Teachers and Educators

Help for educatorsEducators can take advantage of tax deductions for qualified out-of-pocket expenses related to their profession such as classroom supplies, training, and travel. As such, as the new school year begins, teachers, administrators, and aides should remember to keep track of education-related expenses that could help reduce the amount of tax owed next spring. Continue reading