Simplifying Taxes For Small Businesses
June 27, 2018
Attaining and retaining clients is naturally a huge responsibility for business owners both large and small and can detract from other equally important elements of running a business, such as finances. While as a small business owner, you may be busy building up a solid customer base and maximising your potential to make money, you must remember to stay on top of your taxes, and ideally, stay one step ahead of the tax man.
Here are a few ways in which you can simplify your taxes and keep your business running as smoothly as possible:
- Use online accounting software
Small businesses may benefit from a free software program, others may find plenty of software applications online that are not too costly, and which will help with keeping track of transactions and enable you to create customised financial reports.
- Hire a professional
This is one of the quickest and safest ways of ensuring that you stay up to date with your taxes and never incur any penalties for late filing. Not only that, but a tax professional will keep abreast with any changes to tax laws that may affect you and your business, and you can rely on them to keep your taxes in tip top condition.
- Set up business alerts
It can be extremely useful (especially if you don’t have a secretary or PA) to set up business reminders on a Google calendar to ensure that you never miss a deadline, payment or transfer. You can also place an alert on your business checking account to warn you of when your balance may be reaching a certain amount, or when an important transaction has been made.
- Keep track of all non-business expenses
It can be easy to let the records of these expenses, whether it be receipts for meals or transport, get mixed up with your business expenditures, but for tax purposes, it’s important that you differentiate between the two wherever possible. Some apps exist that will capture the records of all spending made outside of the workplace, and these can be helpful when it comes to separating your receipts at tax time.
- Set up automated bill paying
Doing this prevents you from incurring any late charges, and as with a credit card, you can set up a minimum monthly payment to cover yourself, and then make additional payments at any point that your finances permit it.
- Plan a regular monthly review
Having at least an hour once a month where you can sit and go through your business checking account, can make all the difference, and can help you to spot any issues and react to them in time.
These are just a few of the myriad ways in which you can help to simplify taxes for your small business, but if your taxes are getting on top of you or proving too complicated, then don’t waste any more time and call in the professionals. Mistakes at tax time can prove costly, and are simply not worth making; hiring a tax planner will ensure that they never happen.