Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Is Your City Business Tax Friendly

Big four accounting firm KPMG recently conducted a study that names the U.S. cities (and territories) that have the most favorable tax structures for businesses and the results are interesting. The results were broken down between large cities (populations over 2 million) mid-sized cities (population between 2 million and 500,000) and small cities (populations between 100,000 and 500,000). Did your city make the list? Here are the top three from each category:

Large Cities
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Baltimore , Maryland
Atlanta, Georgia (good Job Atlanta)

Mid-Size Cities
Omaha, Nebraska
Greenville/Spartanburg, South Carolina
Little Rock, Arkansas

Small Cities
Saginaw, Michigan
Cheyenne, Wyoming
Cedar Rapids, Iowa

One thing for sure is that if your city is not on the list, there quite possibly is a city in close proximity of you.

Keeping Your Business N Synergy

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Cool Tax break for a Hot Summer

The summertime brings vacations, cookouts, fireworks and summer camp to the minds of many taxpayers. It is also a good time to lookout for summertime tax breaks. A recent IRS newsroom article provides tax payers with children in summer camp a potential tax credit. The cost of day camp (sorry overnight campers) will qualify taxpayers as an expense towards the child and dependent care credit. The taxpayer’s child must also be under 13 years of age and there are additional rules that also apply. Be sure to speak to your tax advisor to see if this cool tax break is for you.

All part of your mid -year tax planning for 2009. Be sharp as a tack this tax year.

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Shopping for a Shopping Cart

For those small business owners that sell products (and services) online, the use technology is an important part of your business operations. It is very important for all your systems to work together especially when those systems are from different software vendors. The main component of an online sales system or e-commerce site is the shopping cart function. The shopping cart functions with all of your back office accounting and inventory systems to track revenue and goods sold.

It is important for the e-commerce business owner to have a point of sale (POS) system that fully integrates with your accounting and inventory systems for accuracy and efficiency. Tech savvy accountants can assist you with finding and deploying the correct POS system for your business. If your small business uses QuickBooks, be sure to check out their Solutions Marketplace for software that is compatible with your accounting software too.

Keeping Your Business N Synergy

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Tax Return….Ah the Good Ole Days

Here is something that many of the taxpayers may get a little kick out of. It is a copy of the first tax return that was ever filed in the US. Take a quick look at how small the tax return is compared with the returns taxpayers file today. With all the talk about how the Congress is trying to simplify the tax code, there have been over five thousand changes in tax laws since 1986. Many changes have resulted into new tax forms and the simple 1040 tax return instructions is around ninety-two pages.

Now that it is July, many taxpayers don’t have taxes on their mind, but this is the best time to have a little mid-year tax check-up to ensure that everything is on track for year-end. There have been quite a few changes since last filing season and the AMT will have to be revisited by Congress again this year. Be sure to speak to your tax advisor so you can return your taxes to the good ole days.

Keeping Your Business N Synergy

Friday, July 11, 2008

Small Business Economic Worries Continue

Small businesses are still quite pessimistic about their futures in the current economic environment. According to the National Federation of Independent Business, small business optimism fell to its lowest level since the 80’s. One bright spot from the survey however is that many small business owners are still spending money and hiring employees to keep their operations going.

Check out the details at the NFIB’s website and be sure to join their site that will provide a small business owner with a wealth of information to assist in keeping your business in synergy through these tough economic times.

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Time to Cut Your Extensions

According to a recent IRS news release, the due date for certain business returns will be cut from six months to five. The change is an effort by the IRS to assist personal tax payers with the burden of preparing their personal tax return by the extension deadline. The current business extension due date of October 15th is being changed to September 15th and provides individual tax payers time to receive certain schedules that are needed to prepare personal returns due a month later.

Does this affect your small business and you?

It all depends on your business organization. For S-Corp owners there is no change as the six month extension deadline already falls on September 15th. Be sure to speak to your tax advisor to see if the change affects you.

Keeping Your Business N Synergy