Small Business Taxes: A Simple Guide

How to prepare for tax season The hell of tax season madness can mostly be avoided by staying organized. Here’s how to make sure everything is in its right place. Gather your business records Before you start anything, make sure you have all your relevant business records on hand. Depending on your type of business entity, …

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4 Ways to Get Ready Now for Tax Season

The holiday season is fast approaching, and before you know it, 2019 will have come to a close. Tax season for preparing your 2019 tax return won't be far behind, with a typical start coming in late January. To be ready -- and to save as much as you can on your taxes -- it pays to …

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Which terms should be included in a partnership agreement?

Partnerships can be complex depending on the scope of business operations and the number of partners involved. To reduce the potential for complexities or conflicts among partners within this type of business structure, the creation of a partnership agreement is a necessity. A partnership agreement is the legal document that dictates the way a business is …

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7 Basic Bookkeeping Habits to Help You Secure Financing

Does the thought of bookkeeping fill you with uncontainable excitement? Probably not. What about money in the bank to make your business ambitions a reality? Now we’re talking.  It turns out that boring ol’ bookkeeping and business capital have more in common than you might think. You need cash to grow your business, but as …

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10 Things About OSHA Small Businesses Must Know

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is a government agency looking after health and safety standards for your small business. As a result, they can inspect you and hit you with citations. Recently the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) held a webinar called OSHA Essentials for Small Business. Elizabeth Milito Senior Executive Counsel, Legal Foundation, NFIB, …

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The ultimate guide to tax deductions for the self-employed

Filing your taxes as a W-2 employee can be overwhelming. But when you’re self-employed, the labyrinth of paperwork and potential tax deductions creates a tax situation that’s enough to give even the most laid-back freelancer heartburn. Whether you’re filing your business taxes as a self-employed worker for the first time or the 20th, there are …

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Here’s Everything Your Accountant Needs to File Your Business Tax Returns

The basics You’ll need to provide your accountant with these documents and records, regardless of what kind of business entity you operate: Your previous year’s federal, state, and/or local tax returns Provided you’ve filed them before, these will contain most of what your accountant will need to get things rolling, including: Your legal name, Social …

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Can You Use a Business Bank Account for Personal Use?

Business owners should not use a business bank account for personal use. It’s a bad practice that can lead to other issues, including legal, operational and tax problems. As the company grows, the problems will also grow. That is, if the company is able to grow. Many businesses operated in a fiscally-lax fashion don’t grow …

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6 Tips for Hiring the Right Bookkeeper for Your Business

A bookkeeper can be one of the most important hires your organization ever makes. A good bookkeeper can keep you on the straight and narrow. A bad one can take you off the rails. There are key skills and attributes you should look for when hiring a bookkeeper; here are 10 of the most important: …

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