One question that I often hear is what type of business organization should I choose and how business structure affects tax. While reading Accounting Today, which I am sure that all of you do, I saw this infographic (How Business Structure Affects Taxes) recently and thought it was a great reference for a small business owner. In addition, I am working on a new series for business structures that will come out in a few weeks.
The online accounting education site Accounting Degree Review recently created an infographic on “How Business Structure Affects Taxes,” comparing the benefits and requirements of various entity types such as sole proprietorships, partnerships, C corporations, S corporations, LLCs and cooperatives.
You can check it out at this link or below.
I don’t know about you guys but has anyone else searched the internet endlessly for how to choose to between an LLC, C Corporation, or an S Corporation?
I know that I have typed in LLC vs. C Corporation vs. S Corporation many times into google or youtube but always come away conflicted.
If you want to take action and get started quickly then an LLC is the easiest, cheapest, and fastest way. However, I have tried to make a case that more often than not the S Corporation is the more appropriate choice if you plan on growing your business.
Three Awesome Reasons to Choose the S Corporation
The standard business mileage rate can result in one of the biggest deduction that a small business owner can realize. Usually, the standard mileage rate will create a larger deduction than the actual costs of operating a car. The problem is that we are all to lazy to keep the required mileage log. To help I have included a link to an excel template that takes into account the yearly mileage rate changes. Before we get to that point lets make sure we understand some concepts.
Two Options of Vehicle Deductions – Standard Business Mileage Rate vs. Actual Expenses
There is sometimes confusion concerning financial statement terms for revenue vs deferred income. Ok, who am I kidding there is always confusion on revenue vs deferred income for small business owners. Depending on the business model chosen the terms can be essential in understanding how to recognize revenue. So the question is: what should a small business owner understand when talking to their accountant?
Price setting is often a place of mass confusion for small business owners. I know for myself it is hard to find the price that optimizes profits while maintaining my competitive advantage. Understanding the difference between margin and markup on price increases is a must for properly achieving your profit goals.
Small business owners are always trying to make their lives easier and efficient. Who could blame them. This article aims to explore the entrepreneurs option to use per diem rates while traveling.
Basically there are two ways one can deduct travel expenses.
- The actual cost of meals, incidental expenses, and lodging can be deducted provided that the taxpayer can substantiate the expenses with the amount, time, place, and business purpose.
- The taxpayer can elect to deduct the expenses at the federal per diem rate, in which such an amount is deemed substantiated provided it meets the business purpose requirement.
Keep in mind, that there are some quirks relating to certain small business entity. Of course, I am sure you didn’t expect the per diem to be simple and easy. However, if you can take advantage of per diem rate then why not make life easier
There are many different measurements of profit that can cause confusion while presenting the financial statements. Our main goal here is to explain how to use the three types of profit and the differences between them in the most simple way possible.
Three types of profit measures that small business owners should be concerned?
The Balance Sheet Simplified
The balance sheet is a statement of financial condition on what a firm’s assets, liabilities, and stockholder’s equity are at a point in time with the essence of the total of all “assets must equal the sum of liabilities and stockholders’ equity.” (Fraser and Ormiston 37). The balance sheet is understood easier when you break it down into its two main sections and subsections.