Tax deductions can be quite valuable, because they reduce taxable income for the year. For example, a self-employed individual or independent contractor in the 25% tax bracket can save $25 in income tax for every $100 in deductions, while also saving as much as $15 in self-employment taxes for every $100 deduction from taxable income.
At first glance, it might seem that the government shutdown will affect only those small businesses that sell products or services to the federal government or one of its agencies. According to Gary Milkwick, CPA and Vice President at 1800Accountant, there are three surprising ways the government shutdown is likely to affect small businesses.
“Making payroll”—that is, managing a small business so that paychecks are delivered on time even when the unexpected occurs—can be one of the hardest parts of a small business owner’s job. One thing certain to make that job even harder is a payroll tax mistake that can lead to IRS problems.
Controlling cash and credit are important for any small business. However, a growing number of entrepreneurs establishing a startup business can’t answer the three basic cash and credit management questions that most bankers, venture capitalists, and angel investors will ask when considering whether to fund a start-up business.
Your odds of facing an indirect tax audit are actually higher than the odds of IRS small business tax audits. That’s because while the IRS audits 2–12% of the tax returns filed with the agency every year, some states audit up to 20% of the business sales tax reports filed each year.
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.
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.
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