How can a business owner reduce taxes?
1. Tax planning strategies for businesses: tax credits and deductions
First and foremost, you can make sure that your business is taking advantage of every tax deduction, and claiming every tax credit, that you possibly can. Do you qualify for a qualified business income (QBI) deduction, which can allow up to 20% of your business’s income to be deducted? Not if you own a specified service trade or business (SSTB), which would disqualify you from a QBI deduction if your income is too high.
You may be able to leverage a Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC), Disabled Access Credit (DAC), or a credit to reimburse your employee’s health insurance premium. Find out which of these credits and deductions you could be taking advantage of by setting up a conversation with the financial advisors at Avidian.
2. Tax planning strategies for businesses: tax status
How your business is taxed will depend heavily on how your company is structured. Is your company a sole proprietorship, partnership, LLC, S corporation, or C corporation? If your company has outgrown its current structure, you may be able to file a tax status change.
3. Tax planning strategies for businesses: defer income
Depending on how much cash you have coming in, and how much you soon plan to have going out, it might be a good idea to defer income until the next calendar year to make sure that you don’t end up at the bottom end of a higher bracket.
The same concept also applies to accelerating income and expenses. If you believe that tax rates are about to inflate, it might make sense to accelerate your income at the lower rate. Similarly, if you’ve found that you’re at the bottom of a higher tax bracket, you can accelerate some expenses to reduce your taxable income.
4. Tax planning strategies for businesses: retirement accounts
Tax planning strategies for high-income earners often center around turning current, taxable income into future, more theoretical income, and the same can be said for tax planning for business owners.
Retirement tax strategies can include setting up and contributing to a retirement account and setting up a 401(k) or SEP for their employees to contribute to. You can not only deduct contributions to 401(k) and SEP plans from your year-end taxes, but you may also qualify for a retirement plan startup cost tax credit, which can be worth 50% of the plan’s startup costs.
Keep in mind that every business is unique. Before making any serious decisions about your business’s tax outlook, you should consider speaking with professionals, like those at Avidian Wealth Solutions, who can take a holistic look at your business and your wealth to help better set you up for the future.