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IRS Remove Penalties

How to Reduce or Remove Three Common IRS Tax Penalties

Small Business Tips, Taxes

The first way to avoid a penalty here, of course, is to ask for permission rather than forgiveness—if you know you are going to need extra time to file for your returns, file for an extension before tax day using Form 4858 if you’re filing as a sole proprietor or Form 7004 if you’re operating as a corporation. While you’ll still need to pay what you expect your tax to be by tax day, this grants you extra time to get your affairs in order to file.

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What is Amortization?

What is Amortization – and Why Does it Matter for my Business?

Bookkeeping, Small Business Tips, Taxes

Amortization is similar to depreciation but focuses on the costs of intangible assets. It allows businesses to account for the cost of intangible assets over time. Intangible assets are non-physical assets that are expected to provide value to a business for more than a year. The most common way to amortize is to divide the cost of an intangible asset over the number of years you expect it to provide value to your business.

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Should you use cash or accrual accounting?

Should You Use Cash or Accrual Accounting?

Bookkeeping, Small Business Tips, Taxes

Accrual accounting records a monetary transaction when the good or service is delivered—so when you send an invoice or receive a bill. Cash accounting records monetary transactions when the money actually moves—so when bills or invoices are paid. Cash accounting can be preferable for tax purposes since you’re only taxed on the money you’ve actually received. Accrual accounting can make your revenue look more steady since it doesn’t represent time lag in payments.

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Are Dividends an Expense?

Are Dividends an Expense?

Bookkeeping, Small Business Tips, Taxes

Dividend payments do not count as an expense! In order to account for dividend payments, you must use a Statement of Retained Earnings. The statement of retained earnings is a bridge between the income statement and the balance sheet, subtracting your dividend payments from the net income in order to calculate the retained earnings.

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What's Included in Cost of Goods Sold

What’s Actually Included in Cost of Goods Sold?

Bookkeeping, Small Business Tips, Taxes

Cost of goods sold is the direct costs associated with producing and delivering a good or service. Only expenses that you have to make every time you produce a new product (like raw materials) count as cost of goods sold. Any expenses that would remain the same regardless of how many products you produce (like software purchases) go in business expenses. Because of this, cost of goods sold typically applies to product businesses more than service businesses.

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