Quarter four is well underway. The air is colder, the days are shorter, and the holidays are right around the corner. For many, it’s the most wonderful time of year. For new business owners, however, it can be a confusing time filled with receipt filing, questions about deductions, and how much you can write off. If you’re new to being an entrepreneur, you’re probably asking yourself questions like:
From both a business and personal standpoint, there’s a lot to juggle when November rolls around. That’s especially true if it’s your first year as a small business owner. To save you some time and stress, here are four tax deductions that every new business owner should consider.
Do you use your car exclusively for work? If so, you can write off most, if not all, expenses that you paid to operate and maintain your vehicle. If you use your car for a mix of personal and business purposes, you can only write off expenses that are related to your new business. Be sure you’re keeping detailed records of when you use your automobile for work needs or for personal use. You have two options when it comes to writing off mileage for work:
If you’re unsure which route best suits your interest, it’s always wise to talk with a trusted tax professional.
The COVID-19 pandemic had far-reaching effects on the business world. One of the more prevalent changes that spawned during lockdowns was the normalization of working from home and, by proxy, the explosion of home offices. The IRS’ new simplified guidelines for home offices state that new business owners (and experienced ones, too) can write off $5 for every square foot of the home that’s used for business reasons, up to 300 square feet. To qualify for a deduction, the square footage you’re using can only be used for work. In other words, you can’t include the square footage of your living room just because you check email on the couch.
Integrated Accounting & Tax Pro Tip: To get a home office write-off, your home office must also be the primary place where you conduct business.
Whether you just formed your LLC or have been doing business for years, you often use an internet connection and your phone throughout the day. You can write off these expenses if both are crucial to running your business. However, you can only write off a portion of your phone and internet bill if you use those services for a mix of work and play.
Everyone’s got to eat, and if you’re like most new business owners, you’re taking a working lunch. While that might not be good for your stress levels, it’s good for tax purposes. That’s because you can write off as much as 50% of business meals that qualify. In order to get the deduction, try to keep a record of the meal. Include info like:
Integrated Accounting & Tax Pro Tip: Be sure to keep the receipt you get once you pay for your business meal. If there were important details of your business meal, like who was there, you can jot some notes on the back of your receipt.
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