Tax Tips for Business Owners

Small businesses have the opportunity to save money by optimizing their credits and deductions during tax season. 

Keep Records

Saving receipts is one of the most underutilized ways of obtaining tax breaks. Keep every receipt sorted and organized from the start of each tax year to access them for deduction qualifications easily. Many small companies make cash transactions eligible for deductions that are sometimes ignored. Keep a logbook to record everything.

Explore Healthcare Credits

A sliding range of healthcare tax credits is available. The majority of the benefits go to businesses with at most ten full-time workers and average employee salaries under $25,000. Use the correct forms to determine your eligibility for any credit before claiming. You might be eligible to carry the credit forward if your company did not owe taxes in that particular year. 

Deduct Expenses

You may deduct business expenditures from any unclaimed portions of the tax premium. Small firms can deduct the entire cost of various assets as an expenditure in the year they were first put to use. The total amount allowed for the tax year 2022 is $1,080,000 of qualified company property. Any form of the facility utilized for business or research, structures used to keep livestock or horticultural goods, or off-the-shelf computer software are a few examples of what can be deducted. It’s important to note that land, investment properties, lodging structures, and buildings used to store heating or air conditioning systems are all excluded.

Explore Depreciations

For qualifying assets purchased before September 28, 2017, the previous 50% bonus depreciation standards still hold. These assets have to be bought brand-new, not second-hand. The new regulations provide a 100% bonus expensing of new and used assets. In 2023, the bonus depreciation rate will drop to 80%; in 2024, to 60%; in 2025, to 40%; and in 2026, to 20%. 

Additionally, from September 27, 2017, selected fruit or nuts grown or grafted, as well as approved film, television, and live staged performances, are 100% expensable. For the first tax year after 2017, a 50% bonus first-year depreciation may be chosen above 100% expensing.

Remember Charitable Contributions

Numerous small companies give to charities throughout the year and exclude the amount from their taxes. Donate meaningful stocks rather than cash to maximize these contributions. Instead of the price at which the stock was initially bought, your company may deduct the current value of the shares at the time the donation was made.