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When starting a new business or expanding your current business, choosing how it will be organized is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Your business structure has major implications with regard to tax treatment, your personal liability as an owner, and even your ability to grow the business. There are many different business […]

While the C corporation is the business structure of choice for the Fortune 500, many business owners have found success by adopting C corp’s smaller variation: the S corporation. If you’re starting a new business or thinking about restructuring your existing business, choosing S corp status may provide some valuable advantages. With an S corp, […]

The choice of your business’s accounting method from the start shouldn’t be taken lightly. Whether you use a cash basis or accrual basis of accounting – can have a long-term impact on your profit/loss data, your tax strategy, and even your ability to secure financing or attract investment. Each method has its own benefits and […]

During tax season, electronically preparing and filing tax returns may make businesses more vulnerable to cybercrime. Tax-related scams are one of the most common types of fraud committed against businesses and individuals. Cybercriminals are constantly devising new ways to steal sensitive financial information in order to commit tax identity theft and other crimes.   Fortunately, […]

Tax identity theft is a growing risk for American businesses. This form of identity theft happens when thieves steal a business’ Employer Identification Number (EIN) and other tax information so they can submit a fraudulent tax return and claim tax benefits on behalf of their victim. Thieves may also use a business’ EIN to file […]

If you own a small business, it can be difficult to separate work from the rest of your life. Many owners use their home or personal vehicle for business or may combine work and leisure when they travel. Your business and nonbusiness activities may be intermingled, but your finances shouldn’t be. It’s important to understand […]

Opening a separate checking account for your business can significantly improve how you manage work-related expenses and recordkeeping. By separating your business and personal funds, you can make it easier to complete your tax return and avoid costly tax mistakes.    Why You Need Accurate Records Even if you work from home, keeping your business […]

In December, many small-business owners like yourself often look for last-minute opportunities to reduce their tax expenses for the year. Here are some strategies that may help lower this year’s tax bill: Defer Income Deferring year-end revenue can lower this year’s taxable income. The way you defer income will depend on whether you set up […]

There are three advantages to charitable donations: supporting a cause that’s important to you, earning the respect of your customers and community, and becoming eligible for significant tax benefits. But detailed rules govern how and when businesses can claim charitable donations as a deduction. Keep these factors in mind:   Not All Charities Are Tax-Exempt […]

As a business owner, you must balance two priorities: building and supporting an excellent team while paying attention to your bottom line. To make these goals work together, consider tax-planning strategies that benefit your staff while also creating opportunities for deductions. Here are four tax-friendly tips that your employees will appreciate: Set Up a Retirement […]