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Tax Preparation: 3 Essential Online Tax Resources to Add to your Toolkit

By Caron_Beesley, Contributor
Published: August 18, 2010

I;s tax season again and, no doubt you do-t need a reminder, but the April 15, 2010 filing deadline is only days away.

The good news is that whether your are preparing your own taxes or working with a tax specialist, there are many tools and resources that can help you maximize your small business deductions, navigate tax law changes and file correctly and on-time!

Here are three online resources that every small business owner should consider as an essential part of their tax preparation toolkit:

1) IRS Virtual Tax Workshop for Small Businesses

Self-service tax training tools that help small business owners navigate their tax obligations got a boost in February 2010, when the IRS launched its Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop. This dynamic educational product, available online and on CD, consists of nine stand-alone lessons that can be selected and viewed in any sequence. A bookmark feature makes it possible to leave and return to a specific point within the lesson.

Not only can users customize lessons to meet specific needs, they also have access to a list of useful online references that enhance the learning experience by allowing the user to view references and the video lessons simultaneously. Users can access the workshop online, at http://www.tax.gov/virtualworkshop/.

According to the IRS, the Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop is the first of a series of video products designed exclusively for small business taxpayers. A new companion series called,-Your Guide to an IRS Audi' is in development with plans for a winter 2010 launch.

In addition to the Virtual Workshop, the IRS also offers online and in-person training and workshops to help small business owners understand their tax obligations.

2) Business.gov Small Business Tax Center' Consolidating Essential Tax Tools and Tips


The Small Business Tax Center on Business.gov is essentially a one-stop shop portal that consolidates tax tools, tips and resources from across government to help business owners stay abreast of tax law. Here are just some of the areas covered:

  • Tax Deductions' You might be surprised as to what qualifies and what does not qualify as a tax deduction. Get the lowdown on deductible and capitalized expenses in this easy-to-read guide.
  • Filing State Taxes' Connects you to state tax information for sales, income and employment tax responsibilities.

3) Online Video Tutorials' Tax Administration Tips and Insights


Using YouTube channels, both Business.gov and the IRS host a whole range of brief online video tutorials that can help you get all the tax breaks you deserve and are entitled to! Tax experts and real IRS employees explain everything you need to know on topics such as vehicle tax deductions, Schedule C, and home office deductions.

View these and other videos at the Business.gov Finance and Taxes YouTube Channel* and the IRS YouTube Channel*.

Additional Resources


  • Got Questions? - Ask Peers and Experts Online: If you have tax questions or tips you want to share with other small business owners, post them on the Business.gov Filing and Paying Taxes Discussion Board.
  • Small Business Cents - Articles, tips and information from Business.gov's official word on small business grants, loans, and finance.

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* Note: Hyperlink directs reader to non-government Web site.

About the Author:

Caron Beesley

Contributor

Caron Beesley is a small business owner, a writer, and marketing communications consultant. Caron works with the SBA.gov team to promote essential government resources that help entrepreneurs and small business owners start-up, grow and succeed. Follow Caron on Twitter: @caronbeesley

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And for state tax help, see the following: State Tax Answers http://www.statetaxcentral.com/Tools/FAQ/ State tax FAQs for all types of taxes, including sales & use, income & franchise, payroll, property and other state and local taxes. State Tax Forms & Instructions http://statetaxcentral.com/Tools/Forms/ Tax forms for every state and every type of tax (income, franchise, sales, use, property, payroll, etc).
Looks like the links for Business.gov (#2, above) have moved and are hard to find. Here are some links I recommend instead: Federal Tax Forms & Instructions http://www.irstaxmap.com/forms/formtoc.htm Handy list and search engine for all Federal tax forms for businesses and their owners. Expenses & Deductions http://www.irstaxmap.com/ts0/businessexpenses_o_24c381b2.htmBusiness Huge list of business expenses with links to detailed discussion of proper tax treatment. Federal Tax Answers http://www.irstaxmap.com/faqs/faqtoc.htmCommon Federal tax questions and detailed answers.

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