Got taxes on your mind? Here’s a roundup of our favorite tax season advice to get past that looming April deadline stress-free.
The saying continues to ring true: Nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes. So despite the dread you might be feeling before the April tax filing deadline, it’s got to be done—this year, next year and the year after that. How can you make it a little more bearable? All it takes is a little preparation and the right encouragement!
To ease your worries, arm yourself with the tax season advice you need to get through the April funk.
Key Tax Documents
3 Reports You Can’t Live Without at Tax Time
You can use these reports as a jumping off point to get familiarized with your taxes—and tackle them a little earlier this year. (Read More)
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) You Should Track for Your Small Business
A 2016 survey by Geckoboard found that nearly half of small and medium-sized business owners have failed to identify any Key Performance Indicators (KPIs). If you’re not monitoring KPIs, you’re losing out! (Read More)
Now’s the Time to Learn to Love Your General Ledger
The ledger is more than a master document and it’s certainly more than just another accounting record. If used correctly, it can be the most important reporting tool for your business. (Read More)
Why You Should Track Your Business Expenses Daily
Expense tracking is beneficial despite how mundane the task can be. But, saving you time and stress in tax preparation is just the tip of the iceberg. (Read More)
A Friendly Guide to Schedule C Tax Forms (U.S.)
Who needs to use Schedule C and how can you navigate the form? This guide will help you make sense of the rules. (Read More)
U.S. Tax 101: What Is a W9 Form?
When a business requests a W9 form, they use it to ensure they have the correct information to prepare a 1099-MISC form. (Read More)
U.S. Tax: What Is an IRS 1099-MISC Form?
Form 1099-MISC is used to report miscellaneous payments made to non-employees, such as independent contractors. (Read More)
Form 1099-K: What U.S. Small Business Owners Need to Know
If you accept credit card payments or payments through a third-party network, you’ll want to pay attention to the 1099-K. (Read More)
U.S. Tax Form 8829—Expenses for Business Use of Your Home
If work from home, Form 8829 is for you! This is the tax form you need to fill out to claim your home office expenses. (Read More)
Canada Tax 101: What Is a W-8BEN Form?
Are you a Canadian resident or sole proprietor who receives payment from U.S. companies? You need to know about a W-8BEN Form. (Read More)
How Long Should You Actually Keep Your U.S. Business Records?
When is the right time to get rid of old paperwork? Outside of the tax world, there are few rules and little guidance on exactly what should be kept and for how long. The best rule of thumb: “Better safe than sorry.” (Read More)
Tax Season Advice
Everything You Need to Know About How to Lower Self-Employment Taxes in the U.S.
If you don’t understand how to lower your self-employment taxes, you might be paying more than you need to. We’re here to make sure that doesn’t happen. (Read More)
7 Smart U.S. Tax Questions to Ask Your Accountant at Tax Time
Prepping for your tax-time meeting with your accountant but not sure what to ask? Get a head start on planning your strategy for next year with these tax questions. (Read More)
Home-Based U.S. Business Owners: 10 Tips to Ensure a Smooth Tax Season
When you file taxes as a solo business owner, things are more complicated than those days when you received a tax form from a single employer. However, even when flying solo, you’ve also got plenty of opportunities to trim your tax bill. (Read More)
Small Business Owners: 5 Money-Saving U.S. Tax Tips
Tax time can be stressful if you wait until the last minute. So here are five money-saving tax tips that will not only help small business owners prepare for this filing season but make tax time less painful for years to come. (Read More)
Why the Cloud is Your Ally at Tax Time—and Beyond
The National Small Business Association’s 2017 Small Business Taxation Survey found that one-in-three small businesses report spending more than 80 hours—two full work weeks—each year on federal taxes. That’s time spent organizing, planning and preparing taxes that could be spent working with clients, growing your business or enjoying life. Here’s how cloud accounting can help… (Read More)
7 Tax Terms U.S. Entrepreneurs Should Know
Important tax terms that self-employed business owners must know, and more importantly, why they’re critical to understand. (Read More)
Partners to Help You Prepare for Tax Season
From invoicing to capturing expenses on-the-go, as a FreshBooks customer you’ve mastered the basics of entrepreneur life. But that doesn’t make it challenge-free, right? As a small business owner, you need a Swiss Army knife of tools at your disposal. (Read More)
Tax Audit Tips
Still Waiting on Your U.S. Tax Refund? Here Are the Reasons for the Hold Up
Like it or not, most people wait about three weeks for a tax refund, but errors, oversights, identity theft or claiming certain refundable credits can lead to even longer delays. Here are 5 reasons why your tax refund is delayed and what can you do about it. (Read More)
U.S. Small Business Tax Audit: The Ultimate Guide
The word “audit” can cause fear and anxiety in even the calmest business owner—but it doesn’t need to. Knowledge is power. Here’s everything you need to know about a small business tax audit. (Read More)
Fight Your Tax Fears: Do These 5 Things to Pass a U.S. Tax Audit
In 2015, the IRS audited 0.7 percent of all individual tax returns filed and 1.1 percent of corporate income returns. But if your business is one of the “lucky” few, taking the appropriate steps can help ensure this stressful event leads to a more favorable outcome. (Read More)