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How to Simplify Your Business Tax Process

The last thing you need is a surprise conversation with the IRS regarding your business taxes. You need a tax strategy that considers personal income and taxes.

Even small business taxes can draw the attention of taxing authorities if not done properly. Using the right software in combination with a well-planned record-keeping process can avoid problems.

How do you find the right software and record-keeping routine that doesn’t steal valuable time from your business?  Finding a tax strategy and process that isn’t a burden is possible.

Keep reading and I will explain how.


Streamline Your Business Taxes Process

The best way to streamline your corporate tax filing is to develop a corporate tax strategy.  The foundation of a good strategy is goals and objectives.  Your goal should be to have the right information on hand for tax filing purposes.

The strategy should be to use the right software and develop a routine you use throughout the year.  A routine with clearly defined steps that rely on software to speed up your record-keeping is essential.

The software you pick for your business needs to track assets, liabilities and make generating financial statements easy.

Pick the Right Software

You may not have memorized what’s in all of the tax forms you need, but the right software for your business has.  The software you choose should help keep track of items such the types of deductions that work best with required tax forms.  

Accounting software should simplify producing a variety of reports such as cash flow statements, profit and loss statements, and balance sheets.

Bookkeeping software like QuickBooks can allow a professional to help with your corporate tax strategy. Direct access to QuickBooks by a professional will streamline the tax filing process. 

QuickBooks is so universally used that your accountant will probably be familiar with how to use it.

Use a Record-keeping Routine

Good record-keeping will ensure you have the right tax filing information when needed. If you regularly use your accounting software to keep records, you’ll be on top of your business taxes.

Your routine should include daily, monthly, quarterly, and annuals tasks needed to stay up to date. Daily tasks might include recording checks and cash you received or entering any bills paid.

Once a month, you might need to take care of payroll taxes.  An account can provide business services that help with the quarterly filing of Form 941 if you have employees that fall under the Federal Unemployment Tax Act.

Find a Professional to Help

A combination of a sound record-keeping routine and the right professional can result in simplified business tax accounting process. Imagine you are sitting down to file your return in April with the tax filing deadline only a week or two away. 

A qualified professional can help.

What is the risk if you incorrectly reporting a type of deduction?  As a layperson, you are more likely to misinterpret the tax code than a paid professional.  Now is the time to contact a professional.

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