Here’s Five Tips for Starting a Business

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This week’s tips are from the IRS and they may be able to help you get your business off to a good start.  One key to your future success as a business owner is the understanding of your business tax obligations.  Knowledge about income taxes, payroll taxes, statement sheets, balance sheets can be overwhelming.  We're here to help.  

Business Structure 

An early choice you need to make is to decide on the type of structure for your business. The most common types are sole proprietor, partnership and corporation. The type of business you choose will determine which tax forms you file.

Business Taxes 

There are four general types of business taxes. They are income tax, self-employment tax, employment tax and excise tax. In most cases, the types of tax your business pays depends on the type of business structure you set up. You may need to make estimated tax payments.  Our advisers are here to assist you should you need help.

Employer Identification Number (EIN)

You may need to get an EIN for federal tax purposes. Search “do you need an EIN” on to find out if you need this number. If you do need one, you can apply for it online or ask us for assistance help. 


Accounting Method

An accounting method is a set of rules that you use to determine when to report income and expenses. You must use a consistent method. The two that are most common are the cash and accrual methods. Under the cash method, you normally report income and deduct expenses in the year that you receive or pay them. Under the accrual method, you generally report income and deduct expenses in the year that you earn or incur them. This is true even if you get the income or pay the expense in a later year.

Employee Health Care

The Small Business Health Care Tax Credit helps small businesses and tax-exempt organizations pay for health care coverage they offer their employees. You’re eligible for the credit if you have fewer than 25 employees who work full-time, or a combination of full-time and part-time. The maximum credit is 50 percent of premiums paid for small business employers and 35 percent of premiums paid for small tax-exempt employers, such as charities. For more information on your health care responsibilities as an employer, see the Affordable Care Act for Employers page.

Have questions and need advise about setting up a business? At FL-Accounting & Advisers we can assist you with your business startup accounting needs.  Contact us through the link below or call our offices.

Wendy Ettorre