Get Your Business Taxes in Order Before the New Year With These Tips

While IRS tax forms have largely stayed the same, you will need to make sure you're up to date on various deduction limits from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.It may be tempting to do your business's taxes yourself to save money, but you should always consider getting professional help.Making an end-of-year capital investment or …

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Exempt vs. Nonexempt: What Is the Difference?

Business owners need to properly classify their employees as exempt or nonexempt to avoid legal ramifications supported by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).Exempt employees must earn a minimum of $455 per week, be paid the same amount of money regardless of hours worked, and perform executive, professional or administrative duties.Nonexempt employees have no limitations …

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6 Ways to Increase Profits For Your Small Business

Small business owners need to change their practices to focus more on profit, according to Patricia Sigmon, founder and president of David Advisory Group, a firm that specializes in helping CEOs and small- to mid-sized businesses re-engineer their business practices. Sigmon, the author of the book, "Six Steps to Creating Profit," notes that nearly two-thirds of small businesses either …

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10 Bookkeeping Basics You Can’t Afford to Ignore

Millions of small business owners and startup entrepreneurs are masters at creating great products and services, building effective teams and winning over customers. Many of them, however, would probably flunk basic bookkeeping. As the business owner, if you don’t understand the different types of “accounts” your bookkeeper uses to organize your finances, measuring the success …

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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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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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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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How to Deduct Your Office Costs

You should have a nice office — for many reasons. It can impact employee performance, contribute to customer or client satisfaction, and affect your profitability and ultimate business success. Setting up and maintaining your physical layout entails one-time and ongoing costs. Office Expense Deductions The tax rules on how to write-off office expense deductions can …

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15 Reasons Why Bookkeeping Is Important

Bookkeeping is important for helping you maintain accurate financial records. Yet still, many businesses fail to implement this integral process. Besides the fact you are required under law to maintain accurate books and records, doing so will save you frustration later on. In fact, “poor accounting” is one of the top reasons businesses fail. Without …

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