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Prepare Your Small Business for Tax Time

Prepare Your Small Business for Tax Time

By bridgetwpollack, Guest Blogger
Published: February 5, 2015 Updated: February 5, 2015

This tax season, like every tax season, small business owners across the country will face innumerable questions and doubts about how to handle their business’s filing. Should I do them myself? What savings am I missing out on? How can I avoid being audited? These questions and tasks are so burdensome in fact, that 40% of small business owners say bookkeeping and taxes are the “worst part of owning a small business.” Is it any surprise that something as unclear, time-consuming and important as taxes creates such stress?

Whether you decide to outsource your tax tasks or perform them in-house, it’s important to arm yourself with the relevant knowledge to make sure your business not only complies but also saves time and money wherever possible. Here are a few resources to get you started:

Avoid common mistakes

Every year, accountants across the country and the IRS watch small business owners make the same mistakes again and again. Give yourself a leg up by avoiding these Common Small Business Tax Mistakes. From when to start preparing to whether or not you can deduct your dog’s vet bills and your family vacation, small business expert Rieva Lesonsky gives you a peak behind the scenes into what errors others are making.

Understand the forms that apply to your business

Time to get down to the nitty gritty of all those fun forms. Here’s what you need to know:

Luckily, we’re still ahead of the curve for tax season this year. Add another arrow to your quiver by joining the upcoming free live webinar: “Tax Strategies to Ensure You Pay #NotOneDollarMore” on February 10 at 1pm Eastern. Register here.

Free knowledge sure sounds like a good deal this time of year. Speaking of free, team up with a SCORE mentor for free one-on-one guidance on being tax compliant year round, properly classifying employees or any other small business topic. Connect with a SCORE mentor today.

About the Author:

Bridget Weston Pollack

Guest Blogger

Bridget Weston Pollack is the Vice President of Marketing and Communications at the SCORE Association. She is responsible for all branding, marketing, PR, and communication efforts. She focuses on implementing marketing plans and strategies to facilitate the growth of SCORE’s mentoring and trainings services. She collaborates with SCORE volunteers and develops SCORE’s online marketing strategy.