Stress during tax season is a common issue for small businesses. More often than not, it is because of multiple internal failures. Poor or inadequate record keeping, failure to keep up with ever-changing tax laws, and difficulties in maintaining day-to-day operations are some of the most common of these issues. Thankfully, it is possible to manage the stress that often accompanies tax season. The following information explains further.
Understanding the Root Causes
Before you can truly address your business’s tax issues, you must first understand why they exist in the first place. For example, if your record-keeping system leaves room for error, or fails to ensure you claim every credit and deduction, it may be time to rethink how you do the books. If your issue is more related to being overworked, which can cause you to fall behind in your record-keeping duties, it may be time to outsource your bookkeeping duties. Alternatively, you might hire another employee (even if only part-time) so that you can effectively balance day-to-day business operations and daily, weekly, and monthly record-keeping.
Finding a System That Works
If it turns out that bookkeeping issues are, in fact, the root cause of your tax issues, it may be time to bring in some outside help. For example, an attorney can help you set up a system that will hopefully meet your company’s needs without adding more work than you can reasonably handle. Further, the input from an outside source can help you understand how to file and record certain credits and deductions; this could potentially decrease your tax load at the end of the year, which could place more profits in your pocket.
Managing Employee Documents
If you hire employees, general contractors, or freelancers, you must submit all documents within the appropriate time period. Last year, businesses had until the end of February to submit 1099s and W-2 forms to the IRS. This year, they needed to be in by January 31. Failure to get them in prior to the deadline could result in a penalty. So, if you are still behind on your record-keeping and filing, contact an experienced lawyer for assistance immediately. Any further delays could potentially cost your small business even more money in the end.
Contact Our Illinois Record-Keeping Attorney
Whether you are starting a new business and simply want to ensure you start off on the right foot, or are struggling to deal with the impending tax season, Miller Law Firm, P.C. can help. Dedicated and experienced, our Schaumburg, IL record-keeping lawyer can assist you with all aspects of tax-related record-keeping issues. Learn more by calling 847-995-1205 today.