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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Paying Tax Later Usually Better Than Paying Now

Your accountant or CPA
can help you with your tax planning.
Deciding whether you are better off with 2013 v. 2014 income can itself be imprecise.

How can you figure what to buy, receive, pay, settle or deduct before the end of the year?

Conventional wisdom says you should accelerate tax deductions and defer income. Thus, paying tax later is usually better than paying now. That means you should delay income into January when you can, but get ready to crunch some numbers. Even if the tax system were static, the changes between 2013 and 2014 rates and rules—let alone the economy—make it tough. Add to that the many expiring tax provisions and you’ll find that calculators or software are all but essential.

READ MORE >> FORBES.COM: Compare 2014 v. 2013 IRS Tax Rates Before It's Too Late


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Seven States With No Income Taxes

How much is your state income tax?
The IRS isn't the only one who wants a piece of your paycheck - 41 states have a broad-based individual income tax, but it is interesting that there are a few states who have none.

That doesn't mean, however, that you will pay less tax overall by living in one of these states.

States need revenue to function, and these states will have to make up for the lack of income tax somehow. New Hampshire and Texas, for example, make up for it in property taxes. Both states have some of the highest property taxes in the nation. The cost of higher property taxes, sales taxes, fuel taxes, and other taxes could amount to higher overall taxes in some of these states. Only seven states lack an income tax altogether. They are:
  • Alaska
  • Florida
  • Nevada
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Washington
  • Wyoming
 READ MORE >> States Without an Income Tax


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

How to Choose a Small Business Accountant

Choose the right professional
small business accountant.
What type of tax accounting services do you need?

Perhaps your needs are simple. For example, if you are a one-person start-up that has no immediate plans to expand, the services of a bookkeeper may be sufficient - and this approach will also keep expenses low.  

Bookkeepers handle day-to-day cash flow management by recording transactions such as purchases, payments, sales and receipts using bookkeeping software.

If keeping track of this information is not your idea of a good time - but you do not need any further financial services - a bookkeeper would fit the bill. After all, you can always hire an accountant for specific tasks such as end-of-the-year tax planning and preparation.

For example, many small business owners are finding that an accountant can help them navigate the increasingly intricate payroll accounting and reporting system, with may be organized using business finances software.

If your original list of required services includes tasks such as budget analysis, financial planning or consulting, a certified public accountant (CPA) may be the right choice. Unlike an EA, a CPA has passed additional state examinations and fulfilled continuing education requirements. They are proficient with business finances software and can handle a wider variety of services. For example, audits and loan application necessitate the services of a CPA. In addition, these professionals can benefit a small firm by acting in an advisory role. Depending on a company's priorities, this level of expertise may be viewed as indispensable or as an expensive indulgence.

READ MORE >> SMALL BUSINESS.INTUIT.COM: Choosing A Small Business Accountant

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