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Year-End Tax Planning Tips for Your Business

As 2022 winds down, here are some ideas to help you prepare for filing your upcoming tax return and help manage your business.

  • Informational returns. Identify all vendors who require a 1099-MISC and a 1099-NEC. Obtain tax identification numbers (TINs) for each of these vendors if you have not already done so.

  • Shifting income and expenses. Consider accelerating income, or deferring earnings, based on profit projections.

  • Fixed asset planning. Section 179 or bonus depreciation expensing versus traditional depreciation is a great planning tool. If using Section 179, the qualified assets must be placed in service prior to year-end.

  • Leveraging business meals. Business meals are 100% deductible in 2022 if certain qualifications are met. Retain the necessary receipts and documentation that note when the meal took place, who attended and the business purpose on each receipt.

  • Charitable opportunities. Consider any last-minute deductible charitable giving including long-term capital gain stocks.

  • Cell phone record review. Review your telephone records for qualified business use. While expensing a single landline out of a home office can be difficult to deduct, cell phone use can be documented and deducted for business purposes.

  • Separation of expenses. Review business accounts to ensure personal expenses are not present. Reimburse the business for any expenses discovered during this review.

  • Create expense reports. Having expense reports with supporting invoices and business credit card statements with corresponding invoices will help substantiate your deductions in the event of an audit.

  • Categorize income and expenses. Organize your records by major categories of income, expenses and fixed assets purchased to make tax return filing easier.

  • Inventory review. Review your inventory for proper counts and remove obsolete or worthless products. Keep track of the obsolete and worthless amounts for a potential deduction.

  • Review your receivables. Focus on collection activities and review your uncollectible accounts for possible write-offs.

  • Review your estimated tax payments. Recap your year-to-date estimated tax payments and compare them to your forecast of full year earnings. Then make your 2022 4th quarter estimated tax payment by January 17, 2023.

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