Congratulations on successfully starting your business! If you’re ready to take the next step, but don’t know exactly how to go about that, here are some ideas for thinking about growing your business. Turn your business into a franchise – If your business model is easily replicated, and you want to see your business grow quickly, think about franchising. As the owner, now referred to as a franchiser, of the name or trademark sells that right to a franchise. Read more
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Does your small business engage in qualified research activities? If so, you may be eligible for a research tax credit that you can use to offset your federal payroll tax bill.
This relatively new privilege allows the research credit to benefit small businesses that may not generate enough taxable income to use the credit to offset their federal income tax bills, such as those that are still in the unprofitable start-up phase where they owe little or no federal income tax.
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Kat: What is the number one problem faced by small business owners and/or taxpayers today?
Brett: Actually, you could ask what the number one problem is faced by all Americans today. Read more
The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (“PATH Act”) significantly enhanced the Research and Development Tax Credit Program (“RTCP”) on a myriad of levels by making the RTCP a permanent tax incentive within the Code and considerably restructured the program to: Read more
One of the most important things for your business to do is to price your businesses services appropriately. This will maximize how much value you can extract from your customers and creates a solid foundation for a business that will prosper into the future. There is no clear strategy or formula which you can use to price your services; however, there are some factors to consider when determining how much we can charge our clients: Read more
What controls should be put in place to protect the company’s assets from fraud?
Company assets such as inventory, equipment and vehicles are highly susceptible to fraud and need to be protected. Internal controls should be put in place to protect these assets.
The Enhanced R&D Tax Credit Program Provides A True Path To Significant Tax Savings For Small Businesses
The Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015 (hereinafter the “PATH Act”) significantly enhanced the Federal-Level R&D Tax Credit Program (hereinafter “RTC Program”) under I.R.C. § 41 on a myriad of levels for both eligible “Small Businesses” and eligible “Start-Up Companies”. More specifically, the enhanced RTC Program has been considerably restructured for these aforementioned eligible companies to now:
It’s easy to think about startup businesses and consider the success or horror stories, but what about the average startups? The hard and bleak reality is that the majority of small business startups fail. So, to avoid being like the average startup, you need to create a plan for success.
Choose the Right Entity
One of the first steps to forge a solid start includes selecting the right entity for your business. This legal structure will affect the amount of paperwork you need to do and the legal ramifications you will face.
The IRS has recently written on their website that eligible taxpayers may elect out of Rev. Proc. 2015-20 by filing a statement with their 2014 tax returns indicating their qualifying trade or business is not applying the simplified procedure of Rev. Proc. 2015-20. Qualified small business taxpayers who accept the relief of Rev. Proc. 2015-20 automatically forfeit any opportunity to retroactively correct capitalized expenditures that should have been deducted in years prior to 2014.
A qualified “small business taxpayer” for this purpose is any business with total assets of less than $10 million or less than $10 million in average annual gross receipts (from prior three taxable years). Read more
One area where most small-business owners can improve their cash flow is in billings and collections. A thorough credit check before you offer payment terms is not enough. Here are six best practices that can make a real difference in your cash balance at the end of every month.
1. Get it right.
One legitimate reason for nonpayment is a confusing or inaccurate invoice. Make sure your invoices spell out in clear, plain English what was purchased, the price, the payment terms (or when payment is due), the customer’s PO number, when it was shipped, to where it was shipped, and any tracking number. Read more
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Why Are Home Based Businesses Being Targeted For Audits?
Clifford Benjamin, United States Tax Association, Daytona Beach, Florida Read more
The most effective way for small business owners to be sure that they are aware of their company’s financial status is to have an accurate balance sheet that reflects the most current information available. By keeping this information up to date every quarter, you can help yourself avoid a lot of problems and surprises down the road.
A balance sheet provides you with an at-a-glance summary of your company’s financial health as of a specific day. It is broken down into what the business’s assets are, what the business’s liabilities are, and the amount of owner or shareholder equity. The balance sheet gets its name from the fact that the assets must be balanced by and equal to the liabilities plus the equity. Some business owners have found current balance sheets so helpful that they update them every month. Read more