It’s tax time, everyone. If you own a small business you know what that means. It’s time to gather everything you’ve organized and take it to the experts at Pathways! While we love taking care of all your tax needs, we also love educating you on what’s going on with your taxes. For small businesses. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act is upholding it’s promise to reform the way we handle taxes.
For small businesses specifically, this bill enacts a multitude of things like cutting the corporate tax rate, and strengthens 179 deductions. But what else does it do?
If your business is considered an S corporation, a sole proprietor, or partnership, your income tax will be lowered by 20% with the new reducing of pass-through taxes.
It gets rid of the AMT that used to be applied to businesses completely! (How exciting, right?).
This bill also reforms international taxation, making it to where the income is only taxed by the laws in the place they reside.
However, while this bill mostly has wonderful changes that are exciting, it also repeals the business entertainment deduction. Meaning, all those entertaining activities work provided with a 50% deduction no longer exist. At least they are still qualifying business related meals!
If you are a small business owner in the low country area, why not take your taxes to the experts here at Pathways Consulting? We will handle all your tax needs, so what are you waiting for?!
Small businesses are no exception to the IRS and tax season. Owning a small business can feel overwhelming and scary at times, especially during the intense months of tax season. As with most aspects regarding taxes, it gets a little complicated. There are six main types of business taxes you should know about.
This is the tax on wages, investments, and gains. Basically, any money you have received as an income over the year. For a business, you also have to consider the net income you have received. The type of business you have set up will determine the forms you must file.
These taxes are complicated can end in penalties and criminal prosecution if not filed correctly or on time. It is important to ensure you are filing these correctly, so maybe you should leave it to the experts here at Pathways.
If you gained more than $600 last year, you must pay this tax as a self-employees individual. You’ll have to pay the entire amount of taxes that would have been taken out of your paychecks through the year.
For businesses that sell goods, you’ll need to understand this tax. While this tax is mostly included in the price of goods, you still are responsible for documenting and sending these taxes to the IRS.
Make sure that you are keeping track of the sales tax on items you are selling through your business. Each state is different, and along with that comes the responsibility of knowing the difference.
As simply as it sounds, the property you own is taxed as well.
Keep your business organized so tax season doesn’t feel so scary. If you still have trouble, schedule an appointment with Pathways today and have your taxes completed by professionals.
Tax season doesn’t have to be scary, as long as you know what needs to be prepared beforehand! As a small business owner, tax season tends to be a stressful time, but our team at Pathways is hoping to change that!
When filing your federal income tax for your small business, you have different forms for different company set ups. If you run a sole proprietorship, your tax form will be different as compared to an LLC.
The first step to the tax process is to gather up all your records that report income and expenses. This is where Quickbooks comes in handy. It’ll have all your data stored and organized for easy recall during tax season!
Choosing the correct form for your business model sounds daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. Sole proprietorships allow owners to use a Schedule C attachment to their personal income tax return. If under an LLC, they can use this attachment but also must use Form 1120.
The only steps left are to fill out your forms appropriately and to get it done before the deadline. Pathways can help with both of these steps as long as you schedule an appointment with one of our tax experts!
New Year, New Tax Season!
2019 is almost here, and that means so is tax season. While we usually take a moment to discuss taxes and your business, we want to change it up and say just how thankful we are of each and every one of you. As a local business, we are appreciative of every person who walks through our doors in need of tax preparation or understanding. We enjoy working with local business professionals who seek our services.
In the new year, we hope that you continue to look to Pathways as a company you can trust and call on. You can keep up to date on our company, local events, and other fun topics through our social media, so be sure to give us a follow!
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Thank you, and Happy New Year from all of us at Pathways!
Why Use A Professional Tax Service For Your Business?
When it comes to filing taxes for your business, you don’t want to end up with mistakes and money lost. To ensure a proper filing process, using a professional tax service is recommended. At Pathways, instead of just filing your taxes for you, we try our best to help you understand your taxes thoroughly. So, how do you file taxes for a small business, and why is it important to use a professional?
Keep All Records
Record keeping is the most important step in the tax filing process for businesses. If there is no record, it never happened, and therefore makes it much more difficult to get correct information. In the process of keeping data, we suggest using a bookkeeping service like Quickbooks to store information used within the filing process.
Use The Correct Form
It is important to know the differences between the tax forms and which is appropriate for a business. The form most used for small businesses is a Schedule C or Form 1120. Schedule C is a simple form that is easier to calculate and input information.
Deadlines are Real
To make the filing process the easiest, be aware of the filing deadline for taxes on small businesses. We are very serious when it comes to this because of the repercussions that may occur due to late filing.
Pathways is here to help your business breeze through tax season, so why not make your appointment today?
Tax season is quickly approaching, and Pathways wants to ensure that your business has their taxes under wraps! Here are a few tax tips for your business!
Use Quickbooks Payroll
When it comes to payroll, it can be difficult to manage by hand and keep up with all the employees of your business. In order to combat that, and provide relief come tax time, we recommend using Quickbooks payroll!
File your Taxes on Time
Many have been there, in crunch time, and end up missing the deadline for their taxes. Don't let that be you with your business. Ensure you get your taxes done on time, if not early, by using Pathways! Call and schedule your appointment today!
Take Deductions Seriously
When it comes to taxes and running a business, it helps to know what deductions you can file for and have. It is best to communicate with a Pathways team member to discuss the deductions that you and your business qualify for.
We hope to see you soon for your tax appointment, make sure to get everything you need to get done early so you do not have to pay any late fees come 2019!
Did you know The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was issued and installed more than a 100 new tax provisions? Don’t miss out on this fantastic news, and come to Pathways where we can start planning your taxes NOW and save you money in the upcoming tax season!
Pathways will makes sure you itemize your deductions appropriately with the new 2019 installment! We will help ensure that either the standard deduction or itemizing is what is in your best interest. When it comes to medical expenses, the threshold for deductions has returned to the past 10%, which make it difficult to qualify once again. These thresholds would include payments made to doctors such as care physicians and dentists, optometrists, and even reaching to equipment such as glasses, oxygen tanks, and medications.
For those who are high-income taxpayers, the recommendation to offset capital gain remains an option. This is where the option to sell underperforming investments comes into play; some have the option to defer income into January by delaying invoices to where payment arrives within the following year’s taxable income. For the charitable hearts, you now will have to itemize deductions if you want to claim deductions on the donations you gave. Take your IRA and 401K seriously by ensuring you are putting away the cap amount in each every year. This will also shrink your taxes!
Don’t waste any more time, as November comes to an end here soon, there’s only one month left within this year to prepare for tax season. Take advantage of that and head over to Pathways Consulting where we can help you prepare for tax season NOW!
Halloween was a doozy this year, and now we are left with all of this candy! What about you? Do you have individually wrapped, fun-sized candy that the trick-or-treaters never knocked on your door to receive? If so, our team at Pathways know exactly what you can do about it!
It’s a program called “Operation Gratitude” and they are dedicated to rounding up unused Halloween candy to send to our troops. We think this is an amazing idea, which is why we partnered with them and are now a candy drop-off site!
Did you not participate in the candy craze this year? Did all the little tricksters receive all the candy you bought? That’s okay! Operation Gratitude also accepts dental floss, pens, and mechanical pencils for our troops! So even if you don’t have candy, you can still participate in this big thank you to our troops!
All donations must be received on November 5th, so that means you have three days, this weekend, to gather your donations with your family and bring them to our Pathways office in Summerville!
Our drop-off station will have cards for you to write small thank you notes or encouraging statements that make a big difference to the troops!
Start gathering your candy now and we will see you before November 5th at our office is located on 105 S Cedar St d, Summerville, SC 29485!
Financial Transaction Tax
A financial transaction tax is characterized as a levy on a particular transaction of a certain purpose. It is also important for any business and owner to be conscious of. Since the start of the first financial transaction bill in 2008, financial transaction tax bills have been proposed multiple times since 2009 in the U.S.
The bill that is in use now, suggested a tax of 0.25% of stock, 0.02% of features contracts on the buying or selling of specified commodity, and 0.02% of credit default swaps between two firms would be implemented. The projected revenue of this tax, being $150 billion, would be used deficit reduction and job promotion.
While this tax does not apply to families, the businesses within the United States are subject to adhering to these financial transaction tax policies. What do you think about this tax? Is the revenue from it going to appropriate places, or would you rather it be put elsewhere? Tell us in the comments below!
Pathways focuses on helping and educating the businesses within the Summerville area and strive to see the businesses grow! Call us today for any of your accounting or tax needs!
Tax Planning: Why it is Important
We have talked in the past of how important organization is to how you approach your taxes. We may not need to remind you but tax season is approaching quickly and you need to be prepared. We suggest you start planning your taxes now, so here are a few ways you can start planning your taxes in advance to make the January tax season simple.
Tax planning can be done throughout the year by taking into consideration tax law provisions, tax breaks, and using every tax credit and deduction available to you. Take advantage of the legal ways you can save on your taxes, if you do not understand the ways listed above, come into Pathways and sit down with an expert who will explain everything to you.
It is also important that when your tax planning you take the time for financial planning. The last thing anybody wants to do is get to tax time and realize that they owe money on taxes. If you plan financially to have money saved up for this specific reason, tax season will come as less of a shock.
Everyone knows how stressful tax season can be but with the above tips you can ensure your tax season will run smoothly. If you would rather meet with an expert to sit down and ask your questions, please feel free to contact Pathways for an appointment.
The Pathways Team