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Filing and Reporting Your Small Business Taxes with the Help of A CPA

Aug 17, 2007
Preparing your taxes can be very stressful. It is always advisable to take some professional help. In the United States, all the business establishments, small or large are liable to file and pay taxes.

Small business owners can either file their taxes on their own or they can hire the help of a professional. Professional help in filing tax is best sought from a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). Every small business has a manageable targeted business return but, some business owners prefer working with a professional such as a certified public accountant (CPA). A CPA is familiar with the federal, state small business tax returns and is also experienced in keeping all financial records in order. By maintaining records in order, you can claim additional tax deductions or tax credits.

Small business owners can prepare their own tax returns, but the process is long and difficult. And to learn about this difficult process, some owners take a tax course or they purchase a tax software program. These tax courses offer valuable information and helpful tips to those who pay small business taxes. These courses are generally available at any local college for a nominal fee.

Owning a business and managing it requires lot of hard work and hence, some business owners are unable to find free time to take such preparation courses. Such business owners opt for a tax software program. These programs can be easily purchased from any retail store or they can be paid for and downloaded from the internet. Those owning the software should only opt for premium software versions because they are usually only tax software that supply forms required for paying taxes.

Before filing tax returns, small business owners should know about the tax deductions for which they are eligible. Some business owners dont know that they qualify for multiple tax deductions. Office supplies and equipment required to operate a business establishment is tax deductible. If a small business owner donates some of his office supplies or old equipment, then he is liable to get charitable deduction. Many small business owners make the mistake of just disposing their old equipment because they do not realize that they are eligible for tax deductions by donating the old equipment, to purchase new equipment.

Business owners start preparing their own tax returns and then realize that is more difficult than they presumed. When they realize this, they appoint a CPA for assistance. A Certified Public Accountant goes through a methodical process to obtain his license. For obtaining a license of CPA, it requires serious study and the licensing test is very tough. If you have an uncommon or complex financial situation, then you should use the services of a qualified CPA to handle the taxes. In fact, you should use a CPA for the whole year, as they not only prepare taxes, but also help you in saving taxes as much as possible.

Hiring a CPA is generally very expensive as they charge around $200 to $300, but the savings achieved is very beneficial to the business.
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Former IRS Agent offers California Estate Planning. CPA Firm Murrary and Young offers expert accounting consultation to those in and around the California Area. Visit http://www.april15.com
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