ACA Requirements for Employers

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The health care law contains tax provisions that affect employers. The size and structure of a workforce–small or large–helps determine which parts of the law apply to which employers. Calculating the number of employees is especially important for employers that have close to 50 employees or whose workforce fluctuates during the year. Two parts of the Affordable Care Act apply only to applicable large employers. These are the employer shared responsibility provisions and the employer information reporting provisions for offers … Read More

2016 Year-End Tax Planning for Businesses

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There are a number of end of year tax planning strategies that businesses can use to reduce their tax burden for 2016. Here are a few of them: Deferring Income Businesses using the cash method of accounting can defer income into 2017 by delaying end-of-year invoices so payment is not received until 2017. Businesses using the accrual method can defer income by postponing delivery of goods or services until January 2017. Purchase New Business Equipment Section 179 Expensing. Business should … Read More

Choosing the Right Business Entity

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When you decide to start a business, one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make is choosing the right business entity. It’s a decision that impacts many things–from the amount of taxes you pay to how much paperwork you have to deal with and what type of personal liability you face. Forms of Business The most common forms of business are Sole Proprietorships, Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies (LLCs), and Corporations (C-Corporations). Federal tax law also recognizes another business … Read More

2015 Year-End Business Tax Planning

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Business tax planning gets more important as the sun begins to set on 2015. While the fate of several business-related tax extenders that expired at the end of 2014 is uncertain, there are still year-end business tax planning strategies to reduce the tax burden for 2015.

Tax Planning for Small Business Owners

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Tax planning is the process of looking at various tax options to determine when, whether, and how to conduct business and personal transactions to reduce or eliminate tax liability. Many small business owners ignore tax planning. They don’t even think about their taxes until it’s time to meet with their accountants, but tax planning is an ongoing process and good tax advice is a valuable commodity. It is to your benefit to review your income and expenses monthly and meet … Read More

Changing Jobs? Don’t Forget your 401(k)

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One of the most important questions you face when changing job is what to do with the money in your 401(k). Making the wrong move could cost you thousands of dollars or more in taxes and lower returns. Let’s say you put in five years at your current job. For most of those years, you’ve had the company take a set percentage of your pre-tax salary and put it into your 401(k) plan. Now that you’re leaving, what should you … Read More

5 Ways You Can Use QuickBooks’ Income Tracker

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One of the reasons that QuickBooks appeals to millions of small businesses is because it offers multiple ways to complete the same tasks, which accommodates different work styles. Say, for example, you wanted to look up a specific invoice. You could: Go to the Customer Center and select the customer, and then scan through the list of transactions, Use the Find feature (Edit | Find), or Create a report. There’s also another way you can get there if you have a recent version of QuickBooks: … Read More

Cash Flow: The Pulse of your Business

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Cash flow is the lifeblood of any small business. Some business experts even say that a healthy cash flow is more important than your business’s ability to deliver its goods and services! While that might seem counterintuitive, consider this: if you fail to satisfy a customer and lose that customer’s business, you can always work harder to please the next customer. If you fail to have enough cash to pay your suppliers, creditors, or employees, then you’re out of business! … Read More

The Best Financial Tool for Business Owners

Brian SingletonBlog, Old Site, Watch Your Wallet

If there were a tool that helped you create crystal-clear plans . . . that provided you with continual feedback on how well your plan was working . . . that told you exactly what’s working and what isn’t, allowing you to consistently make smart business decisions to keep your business on track for success – wouldn’t you want to take advantage of it? Well, there is such a tool. It’s called the Budget vs. Actual report. Clarifying Your Plan … Read More