Tax Tips for the Small Business Owner

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As tax season quickly approaches, you may be dreading the time and effort it takes to file for your small business. But by taking the time to prepare, you can tackle your taxes painlessly this season and next! Below are three ways to get ready for the upcoming tax season, and three things to do now to make 2018’s tax season even more effortless.

For now…

1. Include all deductions: Take the time to include all deductions for items you paid for with personal funds or cash when preparing your financial statements.

2. Get organized: When putting together the information your tax professional needs, it’s best to be as organized as possible. Be sure to provide the information clearly and list expenses by type (office supplies, rent, etc.).

Derrick Bailey
Derrick Bailey

3. Report your charitable work: Don’t forget to report any charitable donations of business inventory or assets to your tax professional.

For 2018…

1. Keep every receipt: Commonly red-flagged items, such as meals or travel, will need documentation. While a receipt isn’t necessary for tabs less than $75, you’ll have to be able to note the date, place, business purpose and total of each transaction, so it’s both easier and faster to simply keep the receipt.

2. Do your research: Come up with a list of questions you have regarding all things tax related and give them to your tax professional. Use online resources for more information about business tax laws and to help you make the best decisions for your business.

3. Track your assets: Throughout the year, keep track of any sold or disposed of business assets, such as equipment, computers or vehicles. Your tax professional will need to know when and how much the sale was worth, and by keeping track of these as they occur, you’ll avoid having to find the information come tax time.

Telhio Credit Union is here to help your small business succeed. Contact our business representatives today at 614-225-7800 or visit telhio.org/business_team to learn more about our business services.

For more tax tips, read Ten Tax Tips for Business Owners by Bonnie Lee, a tax expert and author.

Telhio is open to anyone who lives, works, worships or goes to school in Franklin, Fairfield, Delaware, Licking, Madison, Pickaway, Union, Hamilton, Warren, Butler and Preble counties. Founded in 1934, originally as the credit union for the Columbus Telephone Co., Telhio is a not-for-profit financial cooperative where its members are also its owners. Driven by its philosophy that members come first, Telhio is committed to the highest standards of responsibility and conduct. Telhio offers – branching offices throughout central Ohio and nearly 4,000 shared branching locations nationwide. Additionally, Telhio credit union participates in the highest level of combined federal and private share savings insurance available, insuring deposit accounts up to $500,000.*
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Derrick Bailey has a master’s degree in Business Administration from Capital University and a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Toledo. He lives in Columbus and is a member of the National Black MBA Association and the University of Toledo Alumni Association. Derrick has nearly a decade of financial industry experience, and as Vice President of Business Services and Commercial Lending works with Telhio's business services members to help ensure outstanding service in areas that include lending, deposit accounts and merchant services. He is also a member of Telhio's Speakers' Bureau, which offers free speakers and workshops on a variety of financial topics.