Organized Finances Ensure Business Success

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English: Findlay, Ohio, September 20, 2007 — Gilbert Yingling, a representative with Small Business Administration (SBA) makes calls to local business owners from a local chamber of commerce business directory as part of an SBA outreach program. He then follows up with person to person meetings with the business owners. John Ficara/FEMA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It is important for any business to keep its finances in order. Numerous websites stress this, such as the Scott Reiman crunchbase profile. Having organized finances ensures that business owners will always be able to know where their businesses stand and whether or not they are incurring profits or losses. If they are incurring losses, then they might need to reevaluate their business structure and marketing tactics and change them to find a more effective solution that works. It is also important for businesses to have their finances in order for tax purposes as well. There are a few tips that business owners can keep in mind to help keep their business’s finances organized.

Retain a CPA

Retain the services of a certified public accountant. Accountants are one of the most important resources that a business can have. Accountants are skilled in ensuring that finances are in proper order. They are also invaluable to helping business owners make informed decisions concerning their businesses. Accountants can generate virtually any type of business report that owners need to determine where their business stands in the way of successfulness.

Re-evaluate Business Entity

Many business owners begin their businesses as sole proprietorships or partnerships. However, over time and with expansion, it might be ideal for them to incorporate their businesses or form an LLC that can help shelter them from financial risks. Incorporating a business entity or forming an LLC can also help business owners save money on their taxes. Additionally, failing to adjust a business’s entity to accommodate a different income level could end up being a costly mistake. Business owners might want to discuss their different entity options with a CPA so that they can determine the right entities for their businesses and the appropriate times to make any changes, if necessary.

Review Estimated Tax Payments

Business owners have to pay estimated tax payments, which are quarterly payments. Underestimating estimated tax payments can result in penalties for businesses, so when estimating estimated tax payments, round up rather than down. It is better to overpay than to underpay because anything that is overpaid will be returned back the business in the long run when tax refund time rolls around. By properly estimating taxes, business owners can prevent underpaying and overpaying, though. Reviewing what the business has earned year to date and then projecting what it is expected to earn throughout the rest of the year is how estimated taxes are discerned.

Keep Business and Personal Finances Separate

One of the most important rules to managing business finances is to keep them separate from any personal finances. Although this is not mandatory for sole proprietorships, it is mandatory for corporations or LLCs. It is still a good practice for all business owners to employ, though. Open up separate accounts strictly for the business that are separate from any personal accounts. Likewise, have debit cards that are solely for the business as well. It is also a good idea to open up a dedicated savings account or money market account where approximately 25 percent of each check can be transferred to save for estimated tax payments.

No matter whether a business is large or small, keeping its finances properly maintained is essential to appropriate business operation.

Tax Carnival Ecstasy – February 28, 2012

Welcome to the February 28, 2012 edition of Tax Carnival Ecstasy. In this edition we have Stefanie taking a look at Tax Time and preparing your taxes with TurboTax. Bill Smith writes about Common Bookkeeping Mistakes That might Weigh Down your Business Profits. We have an explanation of How government budgets work or don’t work by CultOfMoney. And finally Charles Chua C K wants to know if you Are Ready For a Tax Audit? Hope you enjoy the articles, bookmark, share, tweet, like on Facebook and come back soon.

Frank Goley presents Bond Analysis posted at Easy Forex News. 

credits

Beth Montgomery presents Find Your True Credit Card Cost posted at Credit Cards for Fair Credit, saying, “none

Amy Gardner presents Little Known Advice for Those Seeking a Personal Loan posted at Small Business Credit Cards, saying, “none

Deborah Brown presents Credit Options for Your First Credit Card | First Credit Card | How to build credit with first time credit cards. posted at First Credit Card, saying, “none

Sandra Adams presents Improving Your Credit Score posted atCredit Cards for No Credit, saying, “none

 

filing

Stefanie presents Tax Time | Making of a Mom posted at Making of a Mom, saying, “I love tax time because TurboTax makes it possible for normal people (not tax professionals) to complete their own taxes!”

 

retirement

Juliet Jones presents 10 Successful Businesses That Were Started in Retirement posted at Business Insurance, saying, “According to the Small Business Administration, 20% of the country’s 2012 workforce is 55 or older, and the Federal Department of Labor estimates that percentage will continue to rise.”

David K presents Baby Boomers are you Worried about having enough saved for retirement? posted at Personal Finance Blog, saying, “Here’s a simple approach: work just a few years longer. By accumulating more savings and shortening your withdrawal period, you’ll reduce the lump sum needed to generate the necessary income at retirement.”

Dividend Growth Investor presents Does entry price matter to dividend investors? posted at Dividend Growth Investor, saying, “The reason for the lost decade in stocks is that many otherwise quality companies were overvalued in the early 2000s. For example Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) was trading at 29.30 times earnings in early 2000, whereas McDonald’s (MCD) traded at 26.90 times earnings. Even some of the best dividend stocks are not worth paying more than 20 times forward earnings.”

taxes

Bill Smith presents Common Bookkeeping Mistakes That Weigh Down On Business Profits posted at 2009 Tax, saying, “Bookkeeping serves as a foundation for sound financial decision making and planning and therefore it is essential that financial records are kept up-to-date.”

Bill Smith presents 2012 Taxes And The Proposed 2013 Budget posted at 2011 Taxes, saying, “President Obama has plans to make changes in the tax code to raise funds for his 2013 budget to jump start the U.S. hiring.”

Bill Smith presents Proposed Changes From 2012 Taxes posted at 2010Taxes, saying, “The current administration’s proposed budget for 2013 includes some items from 2012 taxes with a wish list of ideas added.”

Bill Smith presents 2012 Taxes And The Proposed Tax Rates posted at 2011 Taxes, saying, “President Obama is planning to tax income from capital gains as ordinary income. This will increase the top tax rate to 39.6 percent.”

CultOfMoney presents How government budgets work posted at CultOfMoney, saying, “Whether you’re trying to get a sweet-ass government job, planning to run for office, want to know how you can influence the process to your favor, or you’re just a concerned citizen, knowing how the federal state, county, and cities create a government budget, and knowing how government budgets work in general will help you. So become involved and go to a local budget hearing, and after reading this article, you’ll sound like someone in the know whose opinions should be respected.”

Charles Chua C K presents Are You Ready For a Tax Audit? posted at All About Living with Life. 

tips

DeWitt Dudley presents The Top Five Asset Protection Strategies For The Owners Of A Closely Held Business | Law Offices of Givner & Kaye posted at Law Offices of Givner & Kaye, saying, “The owners of a closely held business that is operated as an “S” corporation may be the targets of lawsuits that will drain their insurance policies, that may even exceed the limits of their insurance policies and that may cause them sleepless nights. What steps should these business owners take so that if something goes wrong, they will not lose all or most of the assets that they have worked so long to accumulate?”

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