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Preparing for tax season is something that a lot of business owners dread. Tax season can be very frustrating for business owners. 

If you find yourself running around every year trying to get things in order before the tax filing deadline then it’s time to get organized so that things will be different next year. Getting organized for taxes as a business owner is not that difficult once you follow a few simple guidelines.

Here’s a look at what you should be doing to get yourself prepared.

Categorize Your Expenses

Getting your business expenses organized is one of the key components of being prepared for tax season.

Make sure that you create separate categories for each of your spending. Categorizing your expenses in a detailed manner is one way to make sure that you don’t miss anything when it comes time to file your taxes.

If you fail to categorize your expenses correctly you may end up leaving money on the table. Sometimes, these items may have given you some significant deductions.

Organize Your Papers

Paperwork is probably one of the things that you find to be most overwhelming when you need to file your taxes. 

Make sure that all your accounts are in order at least three months before tax time so that when documentation starts arriving you will be ready to fill them out. If you can file your taxes earlier than the deadline then you will be well ahead of the game and it will be less stressful for you.

Separate Your Money

As a small business owner, you may sometimes get the lines blurred between your finances and your business finances. This can be detrimental to your financial health.

Make sure that you take the time to separate your finances throughout the year. Doing this is the best way to make sure that when tax time comes all your expenses are properly categorized.

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Get Help

As a small business owner, you may be thinking that you don’t need an accountant or that the funds you spend on an accountant could go towards other expenses. Nothing could be further from the truth. 

You can even use a virtual business accountant if you prefer. Your accountant will work with you throughout the year to track your spending and your expenditure.

They will make sure that they monitor gross income and also your net profits. This is invaluable and helps to make tax time a lot easier .

Start Preparing

As you can see there are several benefits to start preparing your taxes early. When you prepare your taxes early you will be well ahead of the game when the tax time comes. 

This will help to prevent you from feeling stressed and frustrated about your taxes. Organization is key just as with anything else in your business. Take the time to focus on your taxes throughout the year to make sure that you are ready to file early.

By Erica Buteau

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