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Choosing the correct entity for your new business (e.g. “S” corporation, sole proprietor, limited liability company (LLC), or Partnership) is a crucial decision that can have tax implications – positive and negative that you need to consider. The wrong structure could cost you thousands. At Singer Tax & Accounting, PC we take the time to help you understand all of the complexities of running your own business.
- Assistance in evaluating which entity is right for you including pros and cons of each type
- You will know the tax implications of each type of business
- We offer a broad spectrum of advice and information above and beyond tax issues, that will help you get your new business off on the right road
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Important New Company Information for Arizona Business Owners
Starting & Operating a Business
For starters, you will need to determine is this going to be a hobby or a business? It is also important to decide on your business structure. Your income tax return filing procedures will depend on the structure you choose. For more information on this, click the Learn More button below.
It’s a mistake to think your tax affairs will be smooth sailing once you become an established business. No matter how long you have been operating your business, there is always a chance you will encounter some unusual situations. For example, do you know the correct procedure when it comes to changing your business?
Believe it or not, when the time comes to close your business, there is a lot of work to do. You can’t just shut your doors and hope the IRS goes away, because it won’t! There are different reasons for closing a business and a variety of methods to complete the process. For example, you may file for bankruptcy, create a new business structure, or sell the business.
Guide to Information Return Reporting
Please note that an information return is not the same thing as an income tax return, as it is only used for the purposes of reporting. The information it contains is used to help you prepare your return and also assists the IRS when it comes to matching information from specific transactions to your tax return.
An information return is a tax document that must be completed if you are engaged in a business or trade, whether it is classified as a corporation, estate, individual, trust, or partnership, if you make a reportable transaction during a calendar year. This document must be sent to the IRS.
You will need to go to the IRS website, as it contains a list of 120 transactions that must be reported, along with the forms that must be used. However, this is not an exhaustive list, so even if a certain transaction is not included, it doesn’t mean you can avoid reporting it.
You normally need to file any of the 1099 forms with the IRS by Feb. 28, but recipients should receive copies by Jan. 31. The reporting requirements can be rather complicated and involve obtaining a W-9 (Request for Tax ID Number) and a tax identification number from the payee.
There are different information returns for a variety of transactions. The process can be confusing; for example, there are 12 1099 forms that are all used for different purposes. It is a good idea to look for advice from a respected accountant in Arizona if you don’t understand the process.
Information return reporting requirements have been in place for many years, but the IRS has recently become stricter when it comes to enforcement. Penalties for late filing have been significantly increased.
If you believe you will be late when it comes to filing your information return, ask for a 30-day extension by submitting Form 8809. You can also make the request in writing to the IRS office in Kearneysville, West Virginia.
If you make a mistake on your information return, you need to file for a correction as soon as possible. You will need to read more on amending mistakes at the IRS website. Alternatively, you can get in touch with an accountant today and ask for advice.
Quick Guide to Employment Taxes
Employers withhold taxes from their employees’ paychecks and hand this money over to the various tax agencies. These deductions include Federal Income tax, Social Security tax, Medicare tax, Additional Medicare tax, State income tax, and FUTA.
These deductions are only made if the employee agrees to them. This money pays for different benefits that the employee has elected to participate in. Two examples include health and life insurance premiums.
The responsibilities of employers don’t end when the paycheck has been issued; they are also responsible for the company’s payroll taxes, depositing the money withheld from the employee;s paychecks, preparing reconciliation reports, and more.
The Federal Insurance Contributions Act (FICA) tax is comprised of Social Security and Medicare taxes, totaling 15.3 percent. Both employer and employee pay the 6.2 percent Social Security and 1.45 percent Medicare taxes.
Employers must report wages, tips, and other forms of compensation paid to employees throughout the year. This is done by filing the correct forms. There are several major dates on the calendar when it comes to employers filing taxes. To view the various due dates click the Learn More button.
Paying Employment Taxes
The simplest advice anyone can give to employers when it comes to paying employment taxes is this: Don’t mess with the IRS! If you withhold money from employees in the form of taxes, you better give it to the IRS or else they will come after you hard and fast because it is government money and is effectively an IRS trust fund.
If your business is struggling, the idea of holding on to this cash and paying the IRS later may seem tempting, but the taxman doesn’t like to be kept waiting for his due. Here are some other good reasons to be careful:
All responsible persons (usually the owner of the business) have personal liability for payroll taxes, and excuses are rarely accepted. For example, you can’t claim you have been duped by your bookkeeper, because they don’t have personal liability.
The IRS can hit you with a 100 percent penalty, known as a Trust Fund Recovery Assessment, if you are a responsible person. While courts will focus on whether you have knowledge of non-payment of taxes, you don’t need to have performed the tax withholdings to be deemed responsible. Employers who have signature authority and fail to exercise it may be deemed liable.
Figures from 2010 show that 83 percent of personal tax liability convictions forced the offender to serve jail time, and the average sentence was two years. It is also important to note that these figures were all-time highs, which suggests the IRS is becoming even more focused on preventing tax fraud.
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Phoenix, Arizona 85024