Balance Sheet Advice for the Small Business Owner

If you are an owner of a small business it is extremely important for you to be aware of your company’s financial status and the best way to do that is to have an accurate balance sheet.  If this information is kept up to date on a quarterly basis, the balance sheet will help you avoid future surprises.  It’s simple accounting – assets must be balanced by and equal to the liabilities plus the owner or shareholder’s equity.

September 15th – Tax Return Deadline for Partnership, S-Corp and Trusts

It’s that time again – September 15, 2015, is the extended due date for filing those returns.

Pass-through entities such as Partnerships, S-corporations, and fiduciaries (trusts, estates) pass their income, deductions, credits, etc., through to their investors, partners, or beneficiaries, who in turn report the various items on their individual tax returns. Partnerships file Form 1065, S-corps file Form 1120-S, and Fiduciaries file Form 1041, with each partner, shareholder, or beneficiary receiving a Schedule K-1 from the entity that shows their share of the reportable items.

Tax Implications for Same-Sex Marriage

When The Defense of Marriage Act of 1996 (DOMA) was overturned this past June, legally married same-sex couples are now required to file their federal returns and state results as “married” since all states are now required to recognize and allow same-sex marriage.

Keep in mind, however, that being married for tax purposes is not always beneficial, depending on a number of circumstances.

Need to File An Amended Tax Return?

Did you forget about a deductible expense on your tax return or an expense that would qualify for a tax credit?  Did you receive an unexpected or amended K-1 from a partnership, S-corp, trust or estate?

These are just a few examples of overlooked income or deductions that you may have forgotten on your tax return whether it was for the 2014 return or even prior year returns.

If you are considering whether to file an amended return (Form 1040X) or even a state income tax return, we recommend reviewing the following points:

IRS Tax Return Data Breach – Will This Impact You?

Over 100,000 taxpayers’ tax return information was taken from the IRS data and traced to somewhere in Russia.  The criminals used an online tool provided by the IRS through which taxpayers are able to obtain transcripts of their previously filed tax returns.  This service is called “Get Transcript” and is available to anyone that has the right information to access an individual’s transcripts.  Unfortunately, the information needed to access this service is readily available from other online sources.