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Maximize Your Year-End Tax Planning: A Guide for Business Owners

As we approach the end of the year, it’s time for business owners to engage in strategic tax planning to optimize their financial positions and take advantage of potential tax savings. Here are some essential steps to consider as you prepare for the upcoming tax season:

  1. Review and Update Your Financials

The foundation of effective tax planning is a clear understanding of your financial situation. Review your financial statements, income, and expenses. Identify areas where you can optimize, and ensure your records are accurate and up to date. This groundwork will set the stage for informed decision-making in the following steps.

  1. Capital Expenditures and Tax Credits for Electric Vehicles

Consider making capital expenditures, especially if you are in the market for a new vehicle. The tax code offers incentives for businesses to adopt environmentally friendly practices. The Qualified Plug-In Electric Drive Motor Vehicle credit provides a substantial benefit of up to $7,500 for eligible vehicles. Ensure that any potential purchases align with both your business needs and tax-saving goals.

  1. Take Advantage of Tax Credits

Explore various tax credits available to businesses, such as Research and Development (R&D) credits, energy credits, and the Small Employer Health Insurance Premiums credit. The latter can be particularly beneficial if your business meets specific criteria, including having fewer than 25 full-time equivalent employees and meeting salary and insurance contribution requirements. Be mindful that this credit can be claimed for only two consecutive years, so make the most of this opportunity using Form 8941.

  1. Review Employee Benefits and Start a Retirement Plan

Consider offering a retirement plan to your employees, such as a 401(k). Not only does this contribute to your employees’ financial well-being, but it can also qualify your business for a tax credit covering half of the costs of setting up and educating employees about the plan, up to $500. Ensure that your business meets the eligibility criteria, file accordingly with Form 8881, and take advantage of this credit for three consecutive years.

  1. Write Off Bad Debts

Evaluate your accounts receivable and write off any bad debts. This can help offset your income and reduce your tax liability for accrual-basis taxpayers. Keeping a close eye on your receivables ensures that you are not overestimating your income and paying taxes on money you may never receive.

  1. Ensure Estimated Taxes are Paid

Avoid penalties and interest by ensuring that your estimated taxes are paid in full and on time. Work with your financial professionals to accurately calculate your estimated tax payments, taking into account any changes in income, deductions, or credits throughout the year.

  1. Consider Charitable Contributions

Explore opportunities for charitable contributions. Not only does giving back to the community have a positive impact, but it can also result in tax deductions for your business. Ensure that your chosen charities qualify for deductible contributions and keep detailed records of your donations.

  1. Harvest Tax Losses to Offset Capital Gains

Take a close look at your investment portfolio and consider selling investments with capital losses to offset any capital gains. This strategy, known as tax loss harvesting, can help minimize your tax liability on investment gains.

Effective year-end tax planning requires careful consideration of various factors and a proactive approach. Collaborate with your tax and financial professionals to implement these strategies, tailoring them to your unique business situation. By taking these steps, you can not only minimize your tax burden but also work towards your broader financial goals. As we navigate the complexities of the tax code, strategic planning can pave the way for a more prosperous and tax-efficient future.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us at Accavallo & Company for assistance.  You can reach us at (203) 925-9600 or email us at [email protected].

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Sherri Fisher is a Tax Manager at Accavallo & Company, LLC.  Sherri has longstanding expertise in Trust and Estate Taxation, Eldercare, and Estate planning. Sherri appreciates the relationships she has built with estate planning attorneys and advisors, to provide a team approach to assisting her clients. Sherri also has seasoned experience in business and individual taxation and is partial to assisting start-ups in developing overall accounting and operating plans.

Prior to joining Accavallo & Company, LLC, Sherri was a manager in a large firm, servicing high net worth trust clients, business, and personal clients. She was also a Partner in a large bookkeeping firm, which specialized in cloud accounting systems for regional and national companies. Sherri led a team in assisting clients to organize their accounting systems.  She is a graduate of Florida Atlantic University with a B.S. degree in Accounting.    

Sherri’s experience includes working with companies and organizations in a variety of industries including:

  • Investment Trusts

  • DAPT and Family Investment Partnerships

  • Estate and Probate Administration

  • E-Commerce

  • Manufacturing

  • Construction

  • Real Estate Investment

  • Marketing and Service-based industries

In addition to her professional accomplishments, Sherri is an Intuit Advanced Pro Advisor, Intuit Future Firm Advisory Board member, member of the Valley WIN Network, and proudly served as past Connecticut Public School liaison for the Yale Tommy Fund for Childhood Cancer. Sherri enjoys time with her family, Cleveland sports, thrifting and gardening.