Rearrange Your Affairs For Maximum Tax Savings

One way to maximize your business profits is by reducing your taxes. Frequently, income and other taxes could be lowered significantly if only the taxpayer were willing to plan ahead. By taking some simple steps to rearrange your affairs, you could save a fortune!

1. Are You Splitting Your Business Income?

You may pay reasonable salaries to spouse or children through your incorporated or unincorporated business. If you are not doing so, you may be missing out on some real tax savings.

In the Canadian Federal Budget of February 16, 1999, measures were introduced to discourage income splitting with minor children through family trusts. However, these measures do not apply to paying reasonable wages to family members. Thus, this may be one of the last ways of legally splitting income left for the small business person with minor children.

Obviously, the amounts paid must bear some relationship to the work performed. Of course, all required payroll taxes should be remitted and proper records need to be maintained.

Why not rearrange your affairs so that family members with little or no income can perform duties for and be paid by your business? Then, they can contribute out of their own income towards the operation of the household. In this way, little or no tax will be paid by your dependants and you will have successfully shifted taxable income out of your hands.

2. Should You Register For The Goods And Services Tax?

Even if your business grosses less than $30,000.00 per year in taxable sales, you may still benefit by registering your business to collect the Goods and Services Tax (G.S.T.). If you are not doing so, you may be missing out on some real tax savings.

For example, you will be paying G.S.T. on many of your business expenses. If not registered for G.S.T., you must absorb this cost. If registered, you may deduct the G.S.T. paid on such business expenses (input tax credits) from the tax collected. Many business persons expect to pay G.S.T. and it doesn`t really cost them anything since they deduct such amounts as input tax credits from the G.S.T. they collect from their customers.

In some cases, the quick method of calculating G.S.T. may actually allow you to retain more of the G.S.T. collected than you would have just claiming the G.S.T. actually paid by you.

A factor to consider also: If you are not registered for G.S.T. in Canada, you are telling your clients that you do under $30,000.00 per year in taxable sales or that you cheat. Is this the image you want your clients to have?

3. Could You Benefit From Incorporating Your Business?

Although incorporating your business may result in increased accounting and legal fees (for setup, extra tax returns, and annual minutes), the advantages of incorporation may justify this added expense. Not only will you enjoy limited liability by incorporating, but you may reap significant tax savings as well.

Corporations are often subject to lower tax rates on small business income. In Canada, sales of shares of qualifying small business corporations can obtain a lifetime $500,000.00 capital gains exemption. Certain tax incentives and government programs are only available to incorporated entities. Additionally, corporations can be used for income-splitting and estate, retirement, and succession planning objectives.

4. Do You Engage in Tax Planning Year-Round?

Some people only worry about their taxes during tax season. However, you will save a fortune in taxes, legally, if you make tax planning your year-round concern.

Can you make some changes to turn your hobby into a moneymaking business? Can you use that extra room in your house as a home office for your business? Can you arrange to use your car more for business purposes and have you documented your business use mileage? Can you arrange for more of your entertainment expenses to be business related and have you listed the business purpose on the back of each receipt?

Do you make business and personal purchases, investments, and other expenditures with tax savings in mind. Do you document your expenses well so that you they would survive a tax audit? Whenever you are faced with a business or personal financial decision, do you consider the tax consequences?

Make year-round tax planning part of your business management mindset and, thus, enjoy maximum tax savings. Yes, by rearranging your affairs to account for tax implications, you will save a fortune in taxes.

RESOURCE BOX

J. Stephen Pope, President of Pope Consulting Inc., http://www.popeconsultinginc.com/ has been helping clients to earn maximum business profits for over twenty-five years.

For valuable Work at Home Small Business Ideas, visit: http://www.yenommarketinginc.com/

In The News:


Get Uncle Sam To Pay $36,000 For Your Childs Education!

Let's assume that you would like to begin saving for... Read More

What Is Tax Law?

The federal tax code is complex. This complexity generally arises... Read More

Need an Offshore Sales Office in a Tax Free Environment?

The 100 year old investment-banking firm of... Read More

Furnishing Evidence in E-Tax Compliance

Self-assessment relies on taxpayers voluntarily meeting their tax obligations. This... Read More

How to Check the Status of Your Tax Refund Online

So, you were pleasantly surprised to learn that you are... Read More

How to Donate Your Car to Charity and Get Tax Deduction

Donating your used car to charity is a win-win situation;... Read More

Rearrange Your Affairs For Maximum Tax Savings

One way to maximize your business profits is by reducing... Read More

Understanding Basic Tax Terms

If your like many, you don't always understand what people... Read More

Deducting Points On Home Refinances

Deduction of Refinance PointsAny points that you pay in the... Read More

How To Set Up A Tax-Saving Bookkeeping System

One of the most important, but least understood or appreciated... Read More

What the Tax Software Companies Dont Want You to Know

Haven't done your taxes yet? No problem. Now there is... Read More

Corporations Failing To Claim AMT Exemption Overpay Taxes By $11,000

Does your incorporated business pay alternative minimum tax ["AMT]? If... Read More

Understanding Marketing Tax Deductions

Marketing is a necessary expense in running practically any business... Read More

How to Maximize Your Home Business Tax Deductions for 2005

Someone once said, 'the best way to calculate your taxes... Read More

2005 Ford Escape Hybrid Certified For Clean-Fuel Deduction

If you are environmentally conscious and purchase a 2005 Ford... Read More

About Income Taxes; Tidbits

1812The first attempt to impose an income tax on America... Read More

Slash Tax when Buying a Business

When buying a business, how the "purchase price" is made... Read More

To Tax or Not to Tax - This is the Question

To tax or not to tax - this question could... Read More

Home Business Tax Tips

If you have recently started an Internet or home business,... Read More

The Implications of Income Tax Charge on Estate Planning

OverviewIn the Pre-Budget Report of December 2003 the Chancellor Gordon... Read More

Surprising Truths About Tax Preparers

Choosing the right tax preparer for your business is a... Read More

IRS Statute of Limitations: Do Taxes Ever Expire?

Many Americans believe that an IRS debt is a debt... Read More

Need a Copy of Your Tax Return Information?

Taxpayers have two easy and convenient options for getting copies... Read More

What is a Federal Tax Lien?

A Federal Tax Lien (FTL) is a legal instrument that... Read More

Military Reservists, Enlistees May Get Deferral of Back Taxes

Reservists called to active duty and enlistees in the armed... Read More