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Money Saver Tax Tips for Small Business

Written by Analytix Editorial Team | December 26, 2018

For a business to survive, it is vital that its finances are well-managed. However, for most small businesses, expenses are driven by budgetary considerations. With tight budgets comes the necessity to exercise caution when spending. Here are some money saving tax tips for small businesses:

  • Assess Tax Liability

Tax liabilities differ according to the business structure. It is vital for small businesses to have an understanding of what their approximate tax liability is.

  • Optimize Accounting Software

A digital tax workflow can help streamline the tax filing process from the start with improved record-keeping, enhanced tracking and increased accessibility to accounting data.  Optimized software also helps to ensure that data entry is accurate and reliable. Data accuracy during tax season is an important advantage when upgrading accounting systems from a manual process to a digital one.

  • Maximize Deductions

For small businesses, it is vital to identify applicable deductions and leverage them at tax filing time. Some examples of deductions include car expenses, home office expenses, equipment purchases, etc.

However, business owners should apply these deductions cautiously. For example, deductions for a car’s usage are calculated only when the car is used for business purposes, often referencing the IRS’s standard mileage rate.  In some cases, deductions can include expenses incurred by the business owner for car, including fuel, repairs, insurance, etc.

  • Understand Losses to Maximize Tax Saving

Certain activities, such as abandoning old equipment or selling it at a loss, may help a business increase its tax savings. It is important to understand the category in which to record a loss to help optimize the applicable tax savings.

For example, if there is outdated and unused office equipment lying around, consider disposing of it and categorizing it under ordinary loss, or selling it and categorizing it under capital loss.

  • Understand Hiring and Recruitment

Certain tax deductions are available to businesses when they hire family members as opposed to outside professionals.

  • Hire Professional Accounting and Bookkeeping Help

A professional can help small businesses with identifying the appropriate deductions to maximize tax savings, as the deductions are not automatically applied. A thorough understanding of tax information is necessary to ensure filing under the correct sections. However, as is the case with most regulatory and compliance requirements, the information is work with a reliable outsourced accounting services provider who understands the nuances of business structure and the applicable tax laws, including a clear understanding of tax obligations, exemptions, and deductions. Automating tax processes and utilizing the right software can also be managed by professionals to ensure that relevant solutions are applied while avoiding any associated high costs.

Analytix Solutions offers customized solutions for businesses, ranging from accounting services and bookkeeping to more complex requirements such as tax filing. For more information on how we can assist you in preparing for year end, call us at 781-503-9004 or email us at sales@analytix.com.

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