Many people who launch small businesses start out as sole proprietors. Here are nine tax rules and considerations involved in operating as that entity.
A month after the new year begins, your business may be required to comply with rules to report amounts paid to independent contractors, vendors and others. You may have to send 1099-MISC forms to those whom you pay nonemployee compensation, as well as file copies with the IRS. This task can be time consuming and there are penalties for not complying, so it’s a good idea to begin gathering information early to help ensure smooth filing.
Here are some of the key tax-related deadlines affecting businesses and other employers during the first quarter of 2019. Keep in mind that this list isn’t all-inclusive, so there may be additional deadlines that apply to you. Contact us to ensure you’re meeting all applicable deadlines and to learn more about the filing requirements.
The idea has been tossed around for years, and politicians love to suggest it would be a priority, but the postcard 1040 might finally become a reality.
As part of a larger effort to help taxpayers, the Internal Revenue Service plans to streamline the Form 1040 into a shorter, simpler form for the 2019 tax season.
The Internal Revenue Service recently introduced the Tax Exempt Organization Search (TEOS), a new online tool on IRS.gov designed to provide faster, easier access to publicly available information about exempt organizations. It replaces EO Select Check, a more limited tool available since 2012 that focused primarily on providing information on an organization’s tax-exempt status.
"This new tool provides taxpayers an easy way to get information about charitable organizations," said Acting IRS Commissioner David Kautter. "Tax-exempt organizations play a critical role in our nation, and this will provide greater insight for people considering donations." By ensuring the entity you want to donate to is a qualified charitable organization, you are making sure your gift is allowed as a charitable deduction.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act changed the way tax is calculated. The IRS encourages everyone to perform a “paycheck checkup” to see if you have the right amount of tax withheld for your personal situation.
Among the groups who should check their withholding are:
Among many other changes, the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act increased the standard deduction, removed personal exemptions, increased the child tax credit, limited or discontinued certain deductions, and changed the tax rates and brackets. To help account for these new changes to the individual income tax the Internal Revenue Service has issued a new 2018 Form W-4, Employee’s Withholding Allowance Certificate.
The IRS explained that certain taxpayers would be more likely to have a change in their tax situation necessitating filing a new Form W-4 with their employers, including two-income families, taxpayers with two or more jobs or who work only part of the year, taxpayers with children who will claim credits such as the child tax credit, and taxpayers who itemized deductions in 2017.
Most people receiving Form W-2G know their gambling winnings must be reported as taxable income. Even if a W-2G is not received, the law requires all gambling winnings to be reported. The IRS explains that gambling income includes not only winnings from lotteries, raffles, horse races, and casinos, but that it also includes cash winnings and the fair market value of prizes, such as cars and trips. Winnings are reported on the first page of Form 1040, and are not allowed to be directly offset by gambling losses.
When you complete Form W-4 you help your employer withhold the proper amount of federal income tax from your paycheck so you don't have a surprise at tax time. It isn't a complicated form, but there are a few things you should make sure you know.
Schedule C is an attachment to your personal tax return to report business income and expenses. Most often it is used for reporting small, side businesses, such as for a homemaker that also sells makeup, or an office worker that also does lawn care. There are no limits, though, and it can be used for much larger, full-time business activities. (I’ve seen it used for a sales business that exceeded $1 million a year in gross revenues!)
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