Do You Owe the IRS a Quarterly Tax Payment August 15?

This weekend, more than a few small business owners will be scrambling to pull together the documents and information they need to meet the IRS deadline that's coming up in just six days. Yes, there's a tax deadline for quarterly taxes due to most states and the IRS on August 15.

Convention Tax Rebate 101

Acquiring knowledge, having fun, and benefiting your business in a single business trip is ideal. Having your travel expenses eligible for tax deduction? That's even better. If you attend conferences and conventions for your business, the government offers income tax deductions on the expenses that were incurred during the trip.

4 Critical Financial Activities for Business Survival and Growth

Every business has four areas that owners and managers must control to profitably survive and grow. Make sure you are tracking them and taking action when they are not trending the right way.

Is Your Small Business Getting Taxed by High Costs?

As a small business owner, would you like to be certain that at the very least you are not paying more tax than necessary, and that you're making all the tax savings you can? Read on for top tips on how to lower your small business taxes for the next tax season.

How Do I Create High Margins?

One of the most difficult elements of marketing for most people is the art and science of pricing. There's a lot of science to it—but it's also an art. How do you price your goods and your services? Where do you start?

5 Tax Deductions Small Businesses Shouldn’t Fear Taking

Every tax-filing season, most Americans go on a quest to find as many tax deductions as possible. At the same time, many small business owners and independent contractors leave money on the table because they fear that certain tax deductions will draw the attention of auditors.

Retirement Plans for the Small Business Owner: The Solo 401k

Self-Employed individuals and owner-only (and the owner's spouse) businesses and partnerships can save more for retirement through a 401(k) plan. The Self-Employed 401(k) allows you to take advantage of this increased retirement and tax savings opportunity with a full range of investment options.

Readers Ask: Overhead vs. Cash?

The bottom of your P&L shows profit—not cash. Remember that profits are not cash. Only the interest payment for loans is covered in overhead. There are also some non-cash expenses such as depreciation in overhead.

Retirement Plans for the Small Business Owner: The SIMPLE Plan

Since there are so many people setting up individual LLC's or home based side businesses, you need to keep a close eye out this time of year for setting up one kind of retirement plan, a SIMPLE IRA. The deadlines are just around the corner in the next few weeks, so could this be the right type of retirement plan for you?

If the Customer Doesn’t Want to Buy, Discounts Won’t Help

It's a major sales error to use pricing actions to break a stalled deal lose. Pricing actions are meaningless until the customer decides, "I want to buy." Pricing actions are meaningless until pricing is the only issue keeping a customer from buying.

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