One of the many perks of being a large corporation is that you are eligible for larger tax breaks. They can write off things that normal small businesses just do not have the means to do so. For instance, large corporations can write off research and experimentation. It does not make sense for a small business to spend money on research just to receive a tax break because they have much less revenue.
There are many more breaks that large corporations can get like deferral of income from controlled foreign corporations, exclusion of interest on local and state bonds, and deduction of domestic manufacturing just to name a few. Of course, these are far outside the reach of small business owners’ ability to take advantage. Meaning even though large corporations will pay a larger amount of money in taxes they do not take the same tole as taxes on smaller businesses.
This is about to change. Annette Nellen, the Executive Committee chair, testified before the Senate’s Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee in favor of lowering taxes for small businesses as much as corporations. In her testimony Nellen says, “Congress should continue to encourage, or at least not discourage, the formation of sole proprietorship and pass-through entities. If Congress decides to lower corporate income tax rates, small businesses should receive a lower tax rate as well.”
Hopefully, the future will hold an easier time for small business tax rates. The whole committee agreed that without tax accounting software small businesses will have an extremely difficult time optimizing and filing their taxes. Having a one stop place, for small business owners, to receive small business advice and have a certified professional file their taxes, in a way that will benefit them the most, is still of great importance. As the tax laws change, small business owners that can save money on their taxes will be ahead of the game and have more capital to invest in their business to promote growth.
The Pathways Team