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Learning During Tax Time

Aug 18, 2007
That time of year again has arrived. Thoughts of completing your tax return as well as paying for it may be hanging in your mind. If you had planned in advance or will be getting a refund instead, you shouldn't be faced with the dilemma of preparing and completing your tax return at the last minute. While sending off payment for how much you think you owe will give you an extension of the filing, this would be an appropriate time to assess your business' financial situation and performance as well as your business' practice and procedure of record keeping.

For those of you who complete their returns manually, with the help of a tax software or with the aid of a tax professional, the process of your tax return preparation and completion will be simple if the records of your income and expenses are categorized in the same manner as that found on the IRS form.

If you prepare your taxes manually by hand, all you have to do would be to transfer the totals from your matching categories with those found on the IRS form. If you would be utilizing some sort of tax software, you would be asked for your expenses in a similar category. You will definitely save time as it wouldn't be necessary for you to break the expenses from your existing categories to match them with the IRS form categories. If you have the help of an accountant or a tax professional, you have categorized your expenses for your tax preparer saving you both precious time and saving you money in the end.

If you find it somewhat difficult matching your own expense categories with the categories found on the IRS forms, then you should be making the necessary adjustments to your bookkeeping procedure and practice.

After completing your tax return, you would want to examine and take a look at your income and expenses. You would have to consider if you had made enough money to meet your expenses. Otherwise, if you had incurred losses it would be necessary for you to increase your income or reduce your expenses. A combination of the two would be ideal.

It is always best not to prepare your tax returns in a rush or at the last minute. Tax time is a great opportunity for you to be able to see the necessary changes that will benefit your business in the year ahead to help it grow. If you complete tasks routinely during the year, then you wouldn't be burdened when it comes to preparing your annual tax return.
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