Running a small business can be time draining as well as, cost consuming, if proper planning is not put in place, before venturing into it.
One of the issues that can be frustrating, while venturing into a small business, is the management of your tax issues. Have you considered using some tax tips to save you excess cost?
Research findings have shown that about 76% of small business owners fidget when the time comes for them to pay tax to the government and 47% of small business owners stated, the biggest burden placed on their company, is posed by the federal taxes, which amounts to huge financial costs to their businesses.
Below are a few tax tips that would ensure that you do not pay more than you owe and should pay:
1. Follow up every penny spent: Have a detailed account of how you spend your money and ensure every amount spent is accounted for and duly recorded as an expense in the books of Account.
This helps you in keeping a tab on the outflow of your money. It should be noted, however, that you do the same for all your income to the business too.
2. Claim home/office deduction: As long as you can determine and map out the portion of your home space that you dedicated to the running of your business, then, you can claim a home/office deduction.
These can include insurance, mortgage interest payments, repairs, electricity and other utilities, like internet services.
3. Hiring your family members to work with you: When you hire and pay your family member, for example, your child, niece or nephew, you get a reduction on net income, which reduces the amount you pay on self-employment taxes.
4. It is essential that you remember your Startup costs: Any expenses, that you incurred before your first sales, is called Startup costs and it cannot be deducted at a go.
These include the Assets, such as Equipment and Furniture’s that you bought to ease the work that you do. Deductions of these are spread over a number of years, depending on the nature of the Asset, usually between 4 and 5 years.
5. Pay attention to newly enacted tax laws and tax law changes: Stay up to date with the latest news on tax laws. Be well informed of the changes in tax laws.
Some taxes can be unfavorable so being aware of the tax changes and how they might affect your small business is critical to making the right decisions that can help you during the year and also in preparing the return.
6. Start paying for your retirement now and get a massive reduction in the future: Putting aside some additional money towards retirement account will ensure that you have a deducted worker’s taxable income.
This is called the Pension fund. The saved money will not be taxed until you withdraw them in retirement.