Small Business Taxes Episodes

The How of Business Podcast – Business Taxes Episodes

These episodes of The How of Business podcast are all about Small Business Taxes, including federal income taxes and tax strategies for small business owners.

Episode 501: Matt Chiappetta - Year-End Tax Considerations

Year-End Tax Considerations for Small Business Owners.  CPA Matt Chiappetta shares Year-End Tax Considerations for Small Business Owners (starting at 10:00). Matt is Henry’s CPA, and he is excited to have him on the podcast to share his tips and advice on year end tax planning for small ...
Episode 366: Sharon Winsmith - Tax Structuring
 Tax Structuring for Wealth Building with Sharon Winsmith. Tax Structuring and planning for Wealth Building for small business owners and entrepreneurs with Sharon Winsmith. Sharon Winsmith is an experienced tax attorney and the founder and owner of Winsmith Tax – helping her clients develop sustainable tax strategies for ...
Diane Gardner
 Small Business Tax Planning with Diane Gardner. Small Business Tax Planning with Diane Gardner. She shares her entrepreneurial journey, and valuable tax planning tips for aspiring and existing small business owners. NOTE: This episodes was recorded in March 2017, and some of the specific advice may now be ...
Craig Cody
   Tax Planning for Small Business. Tax Planning for Small Business with Craig Cody, a former New York City Police Lieutenant and currently a Certified Tax Coach and founder of Craig Cody & Company. Craig shares his journey from a law enforcement career to his current CPA practice ...
The How of Business
The How of Business - Business Financials Episodes These episodes of The How of Business podcast are on the topic of Small Business Financials - the financial control and reporting systems which are critical to managing and growing your small business. The challenge, however, is that most small business owner ...

Small Business Taxes

Small business owners need to navigate a variety of taxes, and the specific types can depend on the business structure, location, and nature of the business. It’s imperative that you consult with a receive guidance from a CPA or Tax Attorney, at least annually, to help you understand your tax obligations and help you complete the required tax filings.

Here are some common types of taxes that small business owners may need to be concerned with:

  • Income Tax: This is a tax on the profits of the business. For sole proprietorships, partnerships, and S corporations, profits are typically taxed as personal income to the owners. C corporations are taxed separately on their profits, and any distributions to the shareholder are also subject to taxation at the personal level.
  • Self-Employment Tax: For sole proprietors, independent contractors, and partners in a partnership, self-employment tax covers Social Security and Medicare taxes. This is particularly relevant for those who don’t have taxes withheld from their paychecks.
  • Payroll Taxes: If you have employees, you are responsible for withholding payroll taxes from their wages. This includes federal and state income taxes, as well as Social Security and Medicare taxes. Employers also pay a matching amount of Social Security and Medicare taxes, and federal unemployment tax (FUTA). We recommend that you immediately pay your payroll taxes (through electronic filing) after each payroll run.
  • State Sales Tax: If your small business sells goods or certain services, you may need to collect and remit sales tax. The applicability and rate of sales tax can vary greatly depending on the state and locality. Consult with your CPA is you have questions about sales tax collection and remittance to the state.
  • Property Tax: If your business owns real property, such as land or buildings, you’ll likely owe property tax to local governments. In some jurisdictions, other business property like equipment may also be subject to Property Taxes. The rate and method of assessment vary by location.
  • Excise Taxes: These are taxes on specific goods or services, like gasoline, alcohol, and tobacco. If your business deals with these products, you may need to pay excise taxes.
  • Corporate Taxes: For businesses structured as C corporations, corporate taxes are levied on the profits of the corporation. This is separate from the personal income tax owners or shareholders might pay on dividends received.
  • Estimated Taxes: Small business owners and self-employed individuals often need to make estimated tax payments throughout the year. This is especially important if your business doesn’t withhold taxes on your income.
  • Franchise Taxes: Some states require businesses to pay a franchise tax (this applies to all businesses, not just franchises) for the privilege of being incorporated or registered to do business in that state.
  • Value-Added Tax (VAT): In some countries (including Canada), businesses must pay VAT, a consumption tax placed on a product whenever value is added at each stage of the supply chain.

Understanding and managing these taxes is crucial for small business owners. It’s advisable to consult with a tax professional to ensure compliance and to take advantage of any available tax deductions and credits. Remember, tax laws can vary significantly depending on your location and the structure of your business.

Government Tax Resources

Here are some recommended government tax resources:

Remember, tax laws and regulations can be complex and are subject to change. It’s always a good idea to consult with a tax professional or accountant who can provide advice tailored to your specific small business situation.