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Orcutt Financial Tax Planning With Year-End Tax Tips

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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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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When You KNOW It’s Time to Outsource Accounting Functions

By Business Advice

When it comes to running your business, you may take the approach that handling as much as possible in-house is the way to save cash and “be lean.” But, many business owners find that it can be incredibly challenging to take on all of those additional duties, which might range from IT functions to filing taxes to payroll.  When it comes to handling your company’s full range of accounting services, you might be able to handle these internally for a…

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Key Questions to Ask When Looking for the Right Accountant for Your Business

By Business Advice

As a small business owner, you may be tempted to do as much as possible on your own, but you’ll soon find that this isn’t sustainable. Further, you likely didn’t go into business to read legal documents, stare at numbers, or fix technical issues, so it makes sense to get some specialized support.  While you’re doing what you do best, insurance agents, attorneys, IT specialists, and accountants can work behind the scenes to ensure that your business remains a well-oiled…

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Why You Should Separate Personal and Business Finances

By Business Advice

A lot goes into owning and operating a small business. It’s for those who dream, yes, but it’s not for the faint of heart. Among the many necessary business functions are the production of goods or services, marketing, sales, human resources, and accounting. Each of these has a connection to finances and there are two key truths about finances. First, you can’t be casual with finances. And second, personal and business finances, like oil and water, don’t mix well. To…

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Leaving a Legacy and Gifting your Heirs Today

By Tax Advice

When it comes to gifting, it may make more sense to do it now than wait until later. Gifting an heir now, rather than at the time of your death, can benefit you when it comes to tax time. Enjoy the lifetime exemption for an estate tax exemption when you give a gift. Giving away monetary gifts now reduces what you can transfer tax free when you die. Planning to give someone a gift? Here’s what you should know: There…

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Strategic Plan? What is That?

By Business Advice

As business climates become even more competitive, small and large businesses alike need to adapt by creating powerful strategic plans that will help them attract business and grow. If you want your business to thrive and remain relevant instead of merely surviving, you’ll need to take some time to create and follow one of these vital road maps.  What is a Strategic Plan? A strategic plan is a document that outlines your business’s long-term goals and your strategy for achieving…

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What Is the Best Retirement Plan for Your Small Business?

What Is the Best Retirement Plan for Your Small Business?

By Business Advice

As the owner of a small business, you are solely responsible for preparing for your own retirement. And, if you have employees, you would probably like to assist them in planning for their retirements. Of course, you may think that you’ll just sell your business and retire on the proceeds. However, a better way to go is to set up retirement accounts for yourself and your employees. Here are some options. SIMPLE (Savings Incentive Match Plan for Employees) IRA. Under this plan,…

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