Autumn is here. Besides pumpkins and hayrides, it is time for year-end tax planning. Thinking ahead can protect you from waiting until December when there may be too little time to do things in a thought-out way. Here are some year-end tax planning tips that should be considered before the end of 2020. These can help you begin 2021 in the best position to plan for future wealth.
Delay Sending Fourth-Quarter Invoices until 2021
For "Cash basis" taxpayers, income is taxed when cash hits your bank account or when you obtain constructive receipt of payment in the form of a check. For this reason, it may be beneficial to delay some of your invoices to the following year. To get the greatest benefit from this technique, a corporation can also consider making large purchases before the year ends. Taxes on fourth-quarter income are delayed, and deductions against current income can be used as opposed to future income.
To get the most benefit from this strategy, an organization must consider their current income and projected income. Deferred income may help in some circumstances. However, organizations that expect to make more money in the future should collect their income for this year now.
Have Sufficient Cash
A big mistake we see is businesses not having sufficient cash in the bank to cover taxes when they are due. This could lead to penalties relating to your business owing more money than intentionally planned for. This could also limit future growth.
Track Reportable Income
If your organization uses independent contractors, send 1099s and request 1099s for vendors that you have done more than $600 in business with.
Keep Track of Deductions
You want to maximize your deductions without going overboard. The TCJA has made work-related entertainment and other fringe benefits nondeductible. Avoid claiming expenses that will be a red flag for the IRS.
Startup costs can be deducted up to $5,000. You can deduct $2,000 a year as a lifetime learning credit. You can deduct continuing education after high school up to $10,000 a year for any class related to your business. Business services - from PayPal to your Wi-Fi - plan can get deducted.