Questions specific to small businesses, generally under 100 employees and revenues less than $1,000,000.

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End-of-year purchase deductions

I'm a sole proprietor / contract employee (developer) in Texas (United States) and am planning to make a new hardware purchase. I remember being told that purchases made in the last quarter of the ...
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Is my Roth-IRA still valid after if the business no longer exists?

I have a Roth-IRA from my company that is no longer in business. Is it still valid for me to contribute to it or do I need to change it?
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How high should I set my KickStarter funding goal in order to have $35,000 left over?

I'm creating a KickStarter to raise enough funds to take 3 months off from my full-time job and finish an iOS game that I've been working on for about 3 years now. Put simply, all I need is about ...
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Independent IT Consultant with annual fees less than 10lacs

I have started as an independent IT consultant recently. Since I will be way below the 10 lacs exemption bracket, do I need to have Service Tax Number? Also is it mandatory to get this number and ...
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What are the pros & cons of buying a car as a business vehicle

I am planning to purchase a vehicle in the coming months. I have a business of my own formed as a S-corp in Virginia. I will be using the vehicle to commute every day to and from work and for other ...
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Will depositing $10k+ checks each month raise red flags with the IRS?

I am a freelancer that runs a small design business (LLC) and I have one client in particular that I regularly do more than $10k per month worth of business with. Sometimes I'll deposit a check for ...
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Can Health-Releated Services be a Business Expense?

I own a small S-Corp. I am considering subscribing to a monthly meditation service ($5/month) to help me with my focus, creativity, etc. 1 - Can I charge this on my business account? 2 - Is this tax ...
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Pre-valuation of the company [closed]

I am planning to start a company, but it's just an idea with no revenues. Hence, if I approach angel investors 1) What should be the pre- and post-valuation of the company after investors are ready ...
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As an employer, how do I start a 401k or traditional IRA plan?

As a small business owner, what are the requirements for me to start a 401k or traditional IRA fund? How much do they cost to manage? I'm in the very early stages of my company right now but I would ...
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I started some small businesses but need help figuring out taxes. Should I hire a CPA?

I've got a couple of small businesses I run. I started them in the last couple of months. I feel lost when it comes to my taxes. I know I should be paying something, but I'm not real sure where to ...
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Calculating Pre-Money Valuation for Startup

I have founded a company with investment of $250,000. I have been investing and developing this company for 2 years Company is not in market yet and needs external funding of $200,000 to be ...
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Is it legal to start a new small business while owing personal back taxes?

We owe, personally, about 8 thousand in back taxes for the past 3 years. But we really want to start a small renovating business. I heard it was illegal to begin a new business while still owing the ...
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Software that does both accounting and multiple inventory locations?

I am currently using InFlow Inventory to manage my inventory. I have different inventory locations and InFlow handles this great. Now, InFlow doesn't do accounting so I need to get some accounting ...
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How can I register a UK business without providing a business address?

If you are a start-up from home and do not have an office yet, how can you register your business on http://www.companieshouse.gov.uk/ without publicly disclosing your personal home address? I know ...
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Small business tax dates, what is “the date” of a job?

I work to a tax year that starts on the 6th of April. I have a number of jobs which before this date are: "in the pipeline" i.e. in my order book work in progress finished not invoiced finished and ...
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Is there a “Rollover as business startup” for IRA?

I had a 401(k) with my employer, who I left recently. I'm considering rolling this over into an IRA since I will avoid a small maintenance fee this way, but I'm not sure if I will lose the ability to ...
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Joint Account for Common Earnings

I've started a tutoring group with two of my peers; the three of us are minors in the state of Ohio. We charge a modest fee and generate approximately $2,000 in revenue per month. We plan on charging ...
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What to do if my aging father is sustaining a hobby that is losing several thousand dollars every month?

My grandfather owned a large and successful bookstore company. My father became was the manager of this company. Due to political reasons, my father was kicked out this family business. (He was ...
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Do I need to get a business license if I charge users to play on my Minecraft server?

Mojang (the developer of Minecraft) has recently stated that server owners may charge users access to their server, so I know they allow it (source). My only question is whether I need a business ...
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Will I owe any taxes if I can write off every cent?

Does anyone know if I will owe any taxes for my small business if I can write off every cent? My business is based in the United States. I started a small web design business this year and anticipate ...
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Freelancer: Should I start a second bank account?

I am a freelancer based in India with clients in Canada, US and India. Until now I used my personal savings account (Union Bank of India) to get paid. It has been only a few months since and now I ...
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financial institution wants share member break down for single member LLC

Due to latest crop of regulations, a particular financial institution is requiring a share member break down for a single-member LLC, an odd step in verification since there is only one share member ...
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Can a Nepalese (Asian) open a bank account in US without visiting there?

I am living in Nepal (South Asia) and want to setup a business using which Nepalese living in the USA can pay for gifts and services to be delivered here in Nepal to their beloved ones. To receive ...
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Using a FOREX platform to actually change money

Does anyone know of a FOREX trading platform, on which both GBP and EUR are traded and which allows withdrawals in a different currency from the original deposit? (Just found out forex.com only ...
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Which software can I use to do partial / progress invoicing? i.e. invoicing several installments?

I own a small photography business. Once the client decides to go with my services, I charge them 50% off the full cost of service, to be paid within 5 days upon agreement. This payment secures their ...
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Deducting SEP-IRA contributions as a sole proprietor with no employees

Is it possible to deduct SEP-IRA contributions from a Schedule C Form 1040? I was a sole proprietor with no employees. It seems like if I had employees, I would deduct it on line 19, for Pension and ...
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Deducting related educational trading expenses from LLC?

From what I understand, you need to trade full-time in order to deduct educational related trading expenses such as magazines, courses, or newsletter subscriptions. If I'm not a full-time trader but ...
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Why do banks require small businesses to open a business bank account instead of a cheaper personal one?

I understand the need to separate personal finances and the business finances, be it sole-proprietorship or incorporation. I also understand that in the former it's optional, but in the latter it is ...
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Applying for EIN when incorporated in another state?

I have an online startup that is generating revenue and now I have to file for taxes. I'd like to keep my PayPal separate from personal and keep it purely business so I want to sign up with an EIN. ...
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Capital Gains in an S Corp

In this question about s-corp distributions, the answer was given that an s-corp taxes all profit as personal income. That is, there are neither distributions nor dividends which can be taxed at a ...
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Requirements for filing business taxes?

In her free time, my wife writes a food blog that gets a respectable amount of traffic. From time to time, businesses will approach her to sponsor a post about their products. At the end of the year, ...
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How long does a bank's “Know Your Customer” (KYC) process typically take?

When opening a U.S. bank account, the bank will investigate about the account owner, and this investigation is called 'Know Your Customer.' The goal is to prevent money laundering. My question is: ...
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Where can I find information about the relationship between the owner of a company and its business administrator?

Through the past years, working as a employee, I have managed to save some money and now I want to buy a company. I chose a restaurant, because I already have experience in this area. However, I do ...
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Simple income and expense report in gnucash

I do not understand nor do I enjoy accounting. I have a small LLC, and I have a QFX file from my bank that encompasses all transactions from 2013. I would like to import this, manually categorize ...
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What kind of taxes might I incur if I sell off intellectual property from my small software business?

For a little over five years (I started in fall of 2008) I've been developing an app for the iPhone/iPad, and it's been for sale in the App Store for all of that time. I'm in a position now where I ...
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Should I keep separate the capital used by my two businesses?

I have two kinds of business. I sell stationery and pants. Each business has it own capital. But I have trouble with the stationery business capital – some bad credits happened in the business. ...
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What to ask for on a business partnership?

I am being asked to provide technical expertise on a technology entrepreneurship. They are offering me equity of the business, in exchange of my work/commitment. I know they will require a capital ...
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Can a husband and wife who are both members of the same LLC file a joint tax return?

My question is basically summed up in the title. My wife and I are active members of a new LLC which also has other members. The LLC is taxed as a partnership, so profit/loss is simply passed through ...
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What's “wrong” with taking money from your own business?

Let's say there is a small business owner of a business that employs 30 people. From time to time, that business owner takes and/or borrows money from the business for personal expenses, like home ...
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What does the business term 'blue sky laws' mean? [closed]

I often hear 'blue sky laws' in reference to startup or early level businesses. What does it mean?
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Does it make sense to incur a business expense just because it can be deducted?

I am trying to prove to myself that incurring expenses just for the purpose of writing them off never saves money. It is always better to not incur the expense at all if you can avoid it. This is my ...
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Why does paying out all corporate income as salary reduces the risk of being labeled a personal service business?

This blog article on PSB outlines the rules clearly. But in one of the comments it says: However, if you are paying mostly salary to yourself, your risk is minimal even if assessed What is the ...
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Can I receive payments (EUROS) from my International clients in my savings bank account in India for my business services

I am starting a small international outbound sales campaign and will be selling my web development services. 100% payment will be received in Euros through wire transfers in a bank account or through ...
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Process for dissolving a recently-opened Colorado LLC?

I need help dissolving an LLC a couple of friends and I created. It seems as though we jumped into this much too quickly and unfortunately, things did not go as we had planned. I am in the U.S. and ...
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For a sole trader, what is the benefit of using a business bank account?

First of all: Are you allowed to have two personal current accounts with a debit card attached to each one? If yes, can a sole trader in the UK use the second personal account for business ...
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Employer wants a key man insurance policy on me, should I agree?

Friend is working for a small company as main person in charge of operations. The president is asking them to take out a key man life insurance policy on them. The benefit would pay out to the ...
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How to account for personal baby sitter?

My mother-in-law lives with my wife and me and baby sits our 5 month old baby. I pay her every week and I was wondering what makes the most financial sense for tax report/breaks/etc? I believe I ...
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How do I pay taxes on earnings from the sale of my Android app?

I'm under 18, so right now I don't pay any taxes. I had a paid app and I also just started advertising, so eventually I may be making income. I don't want to be evading taxes, so I want to know how to ...
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How do I account for money paid to colleagues out of my professional income?

I am resident of India and I work as a freelancer, developing software for Indian companies. Sometimes, I do the work along with a few other professionals like me. I receive the payments into my bank ...
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How do I calculate tax liability on the turnover of a small vendor?

I run a bakery with a turnover of RS 3.00 Lakhs in fiscal year 2012-2013. What is my tax liability on this turnover?