Tax season is finally past, and now we can relax, right? Wait a minute, let’s be proactive about this. Let’s make tax season for next year less stressful. Here are three easy tips to get tax returns in order.
TOP 3 Tasks THIS YEAR For a relaxing Tax Season NEXT YEAR
1. Review and change any estimated taxes that you may need to do for the current year. Check with your employees and see if they need to have anything changed on their withholding. How about your situation? Do you require more money withheld or less? Some people need to adjust their estimated taxes because their income has changed. This is the time to do it, so you get the right amount of taxes taken out of your pay and as a result, not have to owe at the end of the year. Wouldn’t that be great?
2. Use a consistent filing storage system for your long-term storage. Where do you put your tax returns after they are completed? Are they all together? Storing last year’s return in a safe place will help you when you need to come back to it next year as a reference. There are several ways you can do this. You can store all of your tax returns in one bin. Or you can save your tax return with your year’s payroll and other receipts. Whichever way you wish to save your tax returns, be sure to stay consistent with the procedure.
3. Establish a place for your paper receipts. Determine a location for your tax-related receipts, payroll paperwork, accounts payable, accounts receivable, bank and credit card statements. Label folders into categories like estimated taxes, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll payments and returns for federal, state, unemployment, and local separately. Sorting your client paid invoices by customer name if you have several invoices from particular clients will help you verify the amount on your 1099-misc at the end of the year are correct.
Helping yourself and your business now will save you time, money, and above all else piece of mind.
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