2015 Small Business Accounting and Tax Rules

Claiming Tax Deductions Working at Home

If you are running a small business or thinking of starting your own business then one very important consideration is how you handle your accounting and tax requirements. Reporting, filing and compliance with the numerous tax regulations that apply to many different levels of running a small business are very complex and difficult for even the savviest financial operators to navigate.

Every year new rules and regulations are added to the already long list. However, with the addition of the Affordable Care Act to address healthcare concerns nationally, it has increased the number of tax rules for small businesses even more than normal for the 2014, 2015 and tax years ahead.

It is also important to note small business owners should remember that even if you plan to pay a tax preparer or CPA to complete your 2015 business tax returns, you are still ultimately responsible for what is on the returns and how it is reported. Therefore, it is a good idea to always be up to date with small business tax information and know exactly how the information for your business is being reported.

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Saving Taxes on Business Entertainment Expenses

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How to Use the Accrual Method?

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Using the Cash Method

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Step by step : filing out form 941

Each quarter (15th of January, April, June and September) employer’s must file Form 941 with the IRS outlining the withheld income taxes including all tips, wages, sick pays, unemployment benefits, etc plus social security and Medicare taxes. This article will help you in filling out the form 941.

The General Business Credit

Some tax credits are listed under the general business credit, which is figured out using the credit from this year plus the carry forward from previous years.

Tax Relief Extension Act of 1999

A most significant change in this new law is that for sales entered into after December 17, 1999, taxpayers are prohibited from using the installment method of accounting for dispositions of property that would otherwise be reported using an accrual method of accounting?

Deducting Business Expenses While Overseas

What are the basic rule and restrictions when it comes to deducting business expenses when traveling abroad?

Coming Up With a Plan to Beat the Death Tax

In part due to the more than nine years of US stock market gains coupled with the fact that the economy is in the midst of its longest running expansion ever, a new class of Americans who need to be concerned with estate taxes and the infamous? Death Tax? has been created. Find out how you can beat it!

Saving Taxes With the Home Office

What form do I use to claim business use of my home for tax deduction purposes? What are the criteria that must be met in order to be able to use this deduction? Find out the answers here!

Businesses that abuse tax shelters are being sought out

With the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997, Congress has introduced new regulations to curtail the abuse of the tax shelters that many businesses are involved in. In this article we will try to show you what the IRS deems as an "abusive tax shelter".

IRS Encourages Businesses to E-File

If you are an owner of a business whose tax deposits for one calendar year exceed $200,000 then they are required to use the IRS’ Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS) starting in the second succeeding calendar year (If you exceeded this amount in 1998, then starting Jan 1st, 2000, they have to start using EFTPS).

Lessen Your Taxes by Owning Your Own Business

Do you have a hobby that costs you a fair amount or that you spend a lot of time doing? You may be able to turn that hobby into a business, thus saving your some additional tax dollars!

How Small Businesses Benefit from the Section 179 Deduction

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Tax FAQs

Self-Employed FAQs

What special deductions am I entitled to as a self-employed person? Can I wait until the end of the year to start paying taxes since I just started my own business? Take a look at the answers o these and other frequently asked questions.

www.ivdgl.org provides a wide array of resources for individuals and small businesses interested in accounting and tax topics. In your quest to get prepared for the soon approaching 2015 tax filing season please feel free to use our site as a resource of assistance. We do our best to provide relevant and current information as well as access to additional services that may be of help you and your business now or in the future.