Money Management Articles
Tax considerations (and advantages) for small businesses
Are you thinking of launching your own business? Approximately 800,000
new businesses open each year, according to Bureau of Labor Statistics
data. When these young companies get started, it's critical for their
owners to understand the many rules and regulations that apply to them.
Small business owners beware: Not reporting income paid to vendors can be costly
If you are a small-business owner, know that you, too, must send 1099s
to nonemployees paid in the course of doing business. The Minnesota
Society of CPAs (MNCPA) warns that many small-business owners do not
understand the requirements for issuing 1099s, and they can receive
hefty fines and costly IRS audits if not complied with properly.
Business or hobby? Why the difference matters
Were you aware that there are tax implications when you earn money from a
hobby? If not, or if you're unsure of all the rules, the Minnesota
Society of CPAs (MNCPA) offers these insights on why the distinctions
between hobbies and businesses matter and what you need to know if your
hobby becomes a business.
Answers to tax questions for the self-employed
Will 2015 be the year when you take the leap into self-employment? Even
if you're going to start out small with an office in a spare bedroom,
there are some important tax issues you should keep in mind before you
take the plunge.
Don't guess when it comes to worker classifications
Classifying workers as employees or independent contractors may seem intuitive, but the reality can be much murkier. The MNCPA is shedding light on this subject
to ensure business owners comply with IRS regulations.
Health care reform and your small business
What has the Affordable Care Act meant to your business so far? When it
was first passed, many small business owners were concerned about new
complexities and potential added costs and disruptions to their business
operations. Now that important provisions of the law have been in force
for a while, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers a review of some of
the highlights and some timely advice.
Five disaster planning steps for small businesses
Could your business bounce back if a disaster occurred? A minimum of 25
percent of small to midsize businesses that close temporarily due to a
natural or other disaster ultimately never open their doors again,
according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety. It is possible
to weather any type of business interruption, however, only if you're
Tips for starting a small business
The 23 million small businesses in this country are responsible for 54
percent of all U.S. sales, according to the U.S. Small Business
Administration (SBA). Do you ever dream of launching your own company?
If you do, the Minnesota Society of CPAs offers this advice to help you
get off on the right foot.
The virtual workplace: Challenging traditional notions of taxation and 'the office'
As technology continues to challenge the traditional paradigm of
employees and "the office," many businesses and individuals find
calculating taxes for work done outside company office space confusing.
Quirky Minnesota sales tax rules: Differences in application of sales tax can leave taxpayers scratching their heads
The end of Minnesota's 2013 legislative session brought with it some
hotly debated new sales and use tax rules for Minnesota taxpayers and
businesses. Some of those rules are being considered for repeal this
MNCPA issues list of strange and unusual tax deductions
The Minnesota Society of Certified Public Accountants (MNCPA) recently
conducted its annual CPA member survey about the most strange and
unusual tax deductions proposed by clients. Responses included
everything from pets and wedding rings to gifts not given.
Tackling taxes if you're self-employed
Tax time is tough, there's no question about it, but it's even more
challenging when you're self-employed and trying to deal with the
sometimes confusing rules and recordkeeping that can go hand in hand
with running your own show.
Find more information on:
Get a referral for a CPA
This free CPA referral service is a convenient, confidential and proven way to find the accounting professional for you, your business or customers.