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Do I Need to Save the Receipt?

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While it’s true that receipts are a pain and can get out of control quickly, it’s important to understand that as a business owner, you must save the receipt from a transaction. This ensures good recordkeeping. However, you’re probably wondering what receipts you need to keep and for how long. We will answer these questions below. If you have a business in Cincinnati, let Orcutt & Co help with your accounting, payroll, bookkeeping, and tax prep duties. We can help…

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5 Important Tax Tips for New Business Owners

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In 2021, the federal government collected more than $4 trillion in tax revenue. Every year, it’s essential to find tax tips to save you money when filing business taxes. Don’t pay more than you must! As a new business owner, you should familiarize yourself with tax tips, including hiring a professional tax preparer, business classification, and deductions. Filing your taxes is not a daunting task. If you are a new business owner, here are 5 tax tips you should know about when…

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Tax Season 2022: Everything Your Small Business Needs to Prepare for This Year’s Filing

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Did you know that tax season is one of the number one ways businesses get into legal trouble? If you don’t file your business taxes in the correct manner, you might face fines or other penalties. Incorrect tax filings include not knowing what business expenses to deduct or incorrectly representing your business’s net income. So, preparing is a necessary step for every small business during tax season 2022. Below, we’ll get into the various steps you need to take to prepare…

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It’s Not Too Late: Year-End Tax Tips to Make the Most of 2021

By Business Advice, Tax Advice

Year-end tax tips can help save you a lot of headache next tax season. If you struggle with tax filing, you’re not alone. Every year, as many as 33% of Americans file their taxes late. Some just forget, others struggle to get things together in time because they left it to the last minute, and others are scrambling to make sure they have everything they need to keep their bill low. It’s not too late to make sure you have…

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Deducting Business Expenses: Best and Worst Practices

By Business Advice, Tax Advice

What’s the goal of every business? To make a profit, of course! A business can generate more profit by increasing revenue, managing or reducing expenses, and optimizing tax deductions. These are our recommended best and worst practices for monitoring and deducting business expenses:  Understanding Business Expenses  Expenses are the costs that a company incurs in the process of generating revenue. Importantly, businesses can take properly recorded tax deductions on their income tax returns, provided that the deductions meet IRS guidelines. Deductions fall in three…

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Starting a Business: How Much Does It Really Cost?

By Business Advice, Tax Advice

It’s one of the most difficult undertakings to embark on alone. Especially when looking at the statistics, starting a business is a risky venture. This is especially true if you’re financially unprepared. One of the biggest challenges to more than 30% of small business owners is capital! Depending on the business, starting costs and the required capital will vary massively. Small business costs in particular can really take the wind out of your sails going forward. How Much Does Starting a Business…

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5 Common Tax Filing Mistakes the IRS May Penalize You and Your Business For

By Business Advice, Tax Advice

As a small business owner with a lot on your plate, the last thing you need is to make any tax filing mistakes that could bring the IRS to your doorstep.  Often getting audited by the IRS isn’t always the result of intentional acts. Here are five of the most common tax filing mistakes that are likely to get you a dreaded letter from the IRS asking for more information: 1. Under-Reporting Income Whether you are a freelancer, a brick-and-mortar…

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How Do I File Taxes When I’m Self Employed?

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There’s nothing more rewarding than starting and running your own business. But, the particulars of having to keep track of finances and pay taxes can put a damper on your enthusiasm. If you’re self-employed and earn more than $400 in a tax year, you are probably required to pay a combination of income tax and self-employment tax. Here is what you need to know.  Who is Considered Self-Employed? For tax purposes, the IRS considers a person as “self-employed” if they…

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Everything You Need to Know About the Child Tax Credit

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On July 15, 2021, the IRS began making Child Tax Credit payments to many Americans. These payments are part of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) passed in March 2021. They are meant to give much-needed relief to many families suffering due to the current global health crisis. The tax credit will also help small businesses and their owners.  What is the Child Tax Credit?  The first Child Tax Credit was created in 1997 as a means to…

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Does the Federal Tax Extension Pertain to You?

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You’re probably aware that the Internal Revenue Service has granted individuals and certain businesses an extension to filing their tax returns for 2020. But does it apply to your small business? The short answer is, it depends. The IRS has indeed extended the filing deadline for 2020 tax returns from Apr 15, 2021 to May 17, 2021. However, for businesses, the extension only applies to businesses classified as sole proprietorships and single owner LLCs. All other business structures are still…

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