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How to prepare for tax season

Rain Carlson
Rain Carlson

As a small business owner, it’s important to stay on top of your tax preparation to ensure that you are in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations. Proper tax preparation can also help you save money by ensuring that you are taking advantage of all available deductions and credits. Here are some steps to help you get started with tax preparation for your small business.

Step-by-step instructions

  1. Gather all necessary documents. This includes all income and expense documents, such as bank statements, receipts, invoices, and contracts. It’s a good idea to keep these documents organized throughout the year to make tax preparation easier.

  2. Determine your business structure. The type of business structure you have (e.g. sole proprietorship, partnership, corporation) will determine which tax forms you need to file. Consult with a tax professional or refer to the IRS website for guidance on which forms to use.

  3. Choose a tax software or hire a professional. There are many tax preparation software options available, ranging from free to paid. These can be a convenient and efficient option for small businesses. Alternatively, you can hire a tax professional to handle your tax preparation. Consider factors such as the complexity of your business, your budget, and your comfort level with tax preparation when making this decision.

  4. Report all income. It’s important to report all income, even if you don’t receive a 1099 form from the payer. This includes income from customers, clients, and any other sources. Keep in mind that you may be able to claim deductions for certain expenses related to earning this income.

  5. Take advantage of deductions and credits. As a small business owner, you may be eligible for a range of deductions and credits to help reduce your tax burden. These can include deductions for business expenses such as office supplies, travel, and employee benefits, as well as credits for things like hiring employees or providing healthcare coverage. Be sure to consult with a tax professional or refer to the IRS website for a complete list of available deductions and credits.

  6. File your taxes on time. It’s important to file your taxes by the deadline to avoid penalties and interest. If you need more time to gather all of the necessary documents or are waiting for a tax form to arrive, you can request an extension. Keep in mind that an extension only extends the time to file, not the time to pay any taxes owed.


By following these steps, you can ensure that your small business is properly prepared for tax season. Proper tax preparation can help you save money and stay in compliance with the law, so it’s well worth the effort.

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I help business owners get peace of mind through best accounting systems implementation, strategic planning and tax services, empowering clients to focus on the growth and development of their business and make well-informed decisions.