Category Archives: Business Taxes

Articles and tips related to business taxes by James E. George, CPA

Employing your child could be a win-win strategy

Employing your child could be a win-win strategy

I met with one of my higher income clients this morning to discuss tax saving ideas. She operates a business out of her home to keep the overhead low. This year her income has increased about 20 percent and it looks like the growth will continue for the foreseeable future. We discussed a number of tax saving moves, from incorporating her business to setting up a pension plan, and a host of other ideas. It was my idea to employ her fourteen year old daughter in the business that interested her the most.

My client had been concerned about how she was going to pay for her daughter’s college education. Employing her teen in the business would allow her to shift income from her twenty eight percent tax bracket to her daughter, who is in a zero tax bracket. In four years when the daughter graduates from high school, assuming she saves the majority of the money, she will have the first couple of years of college expenses in the bank, and her mother will have written off the cost through her business! A win, win outcome!

Spending more time with her daughter at this stage of her adolescence was also a priority. Employing her would lead to them working together on projects and sharing ideas and experiences. She could also teach her valuable job skills she may otherwise not learn if she worked at many of the jobs that are typically held by teenagers.

Employing your child is not for every situation. In the case of this client, it is a valuable strategy that may provide benefits for many years to come.

Are you looking for a smart strategy for your business, nonprofit, or family finances? Give my office a call today!

Tax-Related Telephone Scams

Tax-Related Telephone Scams

This week our area has been hit with an increased number of tax-related scam telephone calls. They are starting to sound much more realistic than similar scams in prior years. Usually the caller will identify themselves as a member of an enforcement division of either the IRS or Maryland State Police. They will inform you… Continue Reading

IRS to Audit More Small Businesses!

IRS to Audit More Small Businesses!

The 2018 IRS Forum was a valuable source of information regarding the upcoming tax filing season. Among the many tidbits I gleaned were issues of IRS concern relating to small businesses. The IRS has announced they are going to scrutinize such things as: personal use of the business assets such as cell phones and laptops,… Continue Reading

Many New Tax Law Changes are Just Around the Corner!

Many New Tax Law Changes are Just Around the Corner!

Last week I spent three fantastic days at the IRS Nationwide Tax Forum! Many new tax laws and changes to the tax forms are slated for the next filing season. The amount of new information, procedural changes and tax form modifications discussed was at times, overwhelming. The increasing number and types of new tax scams… Continue Reading

Employees’ Business Expenses Must be Documented

Employees’ Business Expenses Must be Documented

A deduction is available for money an employee spends to perform their duties in the course of their employment if they are unreimbursed by their employer. This includes mileage, licenses, union dues, education and out of pocket expenses. The expenses must be incurred as a condition of employment or utilized in the performance of the… Continue Reading

Beware of Tax-Related Identity Theft Scams

Beware of Tax-Related Identity Theft Scams

Deceitful communications come via phone, email, postal mail, and sometimes even a knock on your door. It’s important to know that the IRS does occasionally contact taxpayers, but when they do, it’s most often by mail. Sometimes the IRS needs to verify a taxpayer’s identity and will do so by sending a Letter 5071C. This… Continue Reading

Do You Need to File a Form 1099 Misc?

Do You Need to File a Form 1099 Misc?

A Form 1099 Misc should be filed for every unincorporated vendor or contractor who you paid $600 or more during the calendar year 2017. The amounts to be reported are for services only. If you paid someone for products and services, only the labor charges are to be reported in box 7 of Form 1099… Continue Reading

Due Date for Payroll Reporting

Due Date for Payroll Reporting

The due date for filing your form W2’s with the Social Security Administration is January 31, 2018.  Extensions to file these forms are much more difficult to get this year.  The IRS is only granting extensions in cases of extreme hardship or uncontrollable circumstances.  The penalties for failure to file the forms on time have… Continue Reading

Biggest Audit Risks for Business Owners

Biggest Audit Risks for Business Owners

The Schedule C for an unincorporated business and the Schedule F for farming activities are the forms MOST AUDITED by the IRS! The IRS has published the following list of issues they scrutinize when auditing the Schedule C and the Schedule F: Lack of record keeping for automobile use – no mileage logs. Personal phone… Continue Reading

Should You Use Technology for Record Keeping?

Should You Use Technology for Record Keeping?

Technology can be helpful when it comes to bookkeeping! There are many new gadgets and applications on the market that assist with tracking business expenses. While these “apps” eliminate paper, they do not eliminate the need to provide your tax preparer with the records they deem necessary to prepare your income tax returns. For example,… Continue Reading

Would Your CPA Approve of How You Organize Your Files & Receipts?

I recently met with a contractor who had very organized files. You could tell he spent a lot of time assembling his receipts. The problem: they were organized in a manner that was not efficient for preparing a tax return. Instead, the gentleman had organized his records by vendor. The solution: The income tax return… Continue Reading

Do I File A Return If My Business Had More Expenses Than Income?

QUESTION: Dear Taxman – This summer I started a lawn mowing business and made about $3,000 mowing grass. However, my expenses were more than my income. Do I need to report it on my tax return? ANSWER: Dear Reader: The IRS requires all business income to be reported when you file your tax return. You… Continue Reading

What Is The Due Date for Filing W-2’s?

QUESTION:  Dear Taxman – What is the due date for filing my W-2’s with the Social Security Administration? ANSWER: Dear Reader – You’re probably aware that W-2 forms must be provided to your employees by January 31st. The IRS has set the due date for filing your W-2’s with the Social Security Administration to January… Continue Reading

Do I Give my Employees 1099’s or W-2’s?

QUESTION: Dear Taxman – I have a small business and I am not sure if I should give my workers 1099’s or W-2’s. Can you tell me how to determine which way to go? ANSWER: Dear Reader – It’s not uncommon for small business owners to be confused about the right way to handle their… Continue Reading

Deducting Vehicle Mileage

QUESTION: Dear Taxman –  I use my car in my business occasionally. I have paid for all my gas with my debit card so I have a record of how much gas I purchase.  Is there anything else I need to do to deduct my auto through my business? ANSWER: Dear Reader – The record… Continue Reading