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

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Does that mean I'm fooling the US gov?

I'm a foreign student studying in the US. Soon, I'm a launching a website where an American ad agency will handle posting the ads on it from American advertisers and the revenues are supposed to go to ...
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I may earn a lot of cash soon through self-employment on a lucrative project. How to handle the tax?

I'm in Canada, and am young and don't know anything about finance. I've been working part-time as a software consultant for a friend who's starting a marketing company. He recently landed a job with ...
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How does one's personal credit history affect one's own company's credit rating?

Quick background: I have no intention whatsoever on actually getting any loan. However, to accept online credit card payments (eg. via Paypal Payments Pro), merchant account providers determine ...
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Outstanding cosigned loan and Bankrupt ex-partner

Background: I started a business (LLC) with a partner about 3 years ago. We took out a business Line of Credit. Because the business didn't have credit of its own, we both cosigned. 1.5 years ago ...
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Foreign company incorporated in US and W9

I own a translation company and my clients are reluctant to contract a provider based abroad, although I have a US Bank account, US tel, US PO Box (I lived in US for a while). I need to be able to ...
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Borrowed money from a friend for my business, & can't pay it back. Got a lawyer's letter. What can happen?

I borrowed some money from a friend of mine for use in my business and I am not able to pay back to him now due to the bad business. Actually, he put the money into my business first and later decided ...
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Can I use my Roth IRA to start a business?

I've recently been reading up on Roth IRA to Self-Directed IRA plans. And I've seen a few places that mention their use as a seed-fund to start your own business.. Where can I find the parts of the ...
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I am the sole owner of an LLC. Does it make a difference if I file as an S-Corp or a sole-member LLC?

As an LLC with one owner, I had the option of filing using Schedule C on my household taxes, effectively treating business income (in this case, losses) as I would a sole proprietorship. My plan had ...
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When it comes to doing business taxes, do bank statements and bills work in place of receipts?

Just at the beginning of this year, I started a business (not fully, but I've started doing jobs for it). Up until March, when I did my personal taxes, I had no idea what kinds of things I could write ...
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How to represent “money down on new contract” in general journal (general ledger)

How would the following scenario be represented as a general journal entry? Jan 1, 2011: Customer signs contract for $1000 and pays $500 as a down payment and agrees to pay the remaining $500 at a ...
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How to represent “out of pocket” purchases in general ledger journal entry?

If you use personal money to pay for expenses (advertising, equipmemt), how do you represent this in a journal entry? Normally, if the money was coming from the business, you would just decrease the ...
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Where on schedule C should a PO Box Rental fee go?

I'm filling out my US Income tax forms and I am trying to decide where on Schedule C to put the expense for a PO Box Rental. My first guess was "Communication," but I'm not sure. "Office Expense" or ...
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How to record business income tax paid, in QuickBooks?

This is not a personal finance question, but I don't see a StackExchange site dedicated for business finance/accounting. So I'm asking it here. I run a small business (LLC) and using QuickBooks for ...
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What are the some banks for businesses looking to handle *everything* online?

My business works with contractors and customers around the world and I have plans for long-term travel for myself. The small local bank I'm currently with doesn't seem like a good fit for my company. ...
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Should I take contributions out of my Roth IRA to live off of?

My current contract is ending, with no future job immediately lined up. I have a few thousand dollars in my checking/savings accounts, and a significant amount of cash in my Roth IRA. I have no debt. ...
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In which country can I set up a small company so that I pay a lower rate of corporate tax?

I read in some news articles that some large corporations manage to avoid large corporation tax in this way. Is it possible to set this up for a small company?
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Costs associated with starting an LLC in Massachusetts?

I am going to be starting a LLC business (wedding photography) and I was curious about the associated costs. The business will be registered in Massachusetts. I understand that an exact number may not ...
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Is it worth incorporating, when working in Canada as a contractor for an employer in the US?

Assume a Canadian contractor is working remotely from Canada for a US based contracting company. Is it advisable to incorporate, in Canada, in this situation? Also, once incorporated in Canada, is it ...
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What's the difference between TaxAct and TurboTax?

I've always used TurboTax, but found an edition of TaxAct that will do state, federal plus schedule c for about 33 percent of the price of the Turbotax edition? Does TaxAct not do some important ...
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What are the ongoing administrative requirements associated with running a small business that is incorporated?

Throughout my career, I've done some development and consulting projects in addition to my full time job. I've always just reported the income on my personal income tax forms. Now that I am getting ...
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At what point does a hobby turn into a business?

Is it based on how much I earn? if so, can I re-invest all of the income back into the hobby and still call it a hobby?
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I'm self-employed with my own LLC. How should I pay myself, given my situation?

I do a ton of freelance web design and decided to setup a simple LLC so I could have a credit card to make business purchases with. From my limited understanding, I can choose to be taxed as an S-corp ...
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Do I need a new EIN since I am hiring employees for my LLC?

I have an LLC that I set up but at the time it was created, the business did not have any employees (this is for consulting work I am doing). So I now have an EIN for this LLC but during the IRS ...
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What book or source of information can help me build a business from tax money?

My wife and I are both employed. We are in the middle class family tax bracket, but we don't own a house thus making our tax very high. I want to start a business to work it after hours and divert ...
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Should I start my own company so I can claim against tax?

I live in the UK and I'm an employed web and mobile phone developer and very occasionally do some work on the side. I've been recently advised by a family member that I should look at starting my own ...
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Do I need a business credit card?

Do I need to have a business credit card for my own company or can I use my personal credit card and just make sure I keep the records. I don't have a lot of expenses so keeping the records is not a ...
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How can I get a wholesaler ID number?

What does one need to do to get a wholesale ID number in order to buy items wholesale? Specifically, the items are materials (metals, gems, etc.) that will be fashioned into jewelry for resale, but ...
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How to deal with PA sales tax for item bought on behalf of my customer and resold to them?

I work for myself and at times buy a piece of software or something for someone I am working for. Like my title says, I live and work for people in PA. If I pass the product on to my customer at ...
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Full-time work + running small side business: Best business structure for taxes?

Currently I have a full time job (IT industry) but from time to time I do a side project. Most of the times my clients agree to pay me cash as the amounts are not large. However, last year there ...
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Finding a good small business CPA?

Maybe I've just had bad luck, but the four CPAs I've met so far with have been morons. The first one I found on superpages and he couldn't help me set a structure for my LLC. Didn't know what ...
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Is there a tax deduction for a loss due to theft of inventory in a start-up business?

I acquired an inventory for a business start-up. The owner of the building died. An executor wrongly sold off the inventory and did not turn over the funds. The reasoning, if the person would ...
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Help: Being charged interest on a loan for which I received no statements telling me of this debt for the past 15 years. Surprise!

Is this legal? This was a private loan within a small business. I was under the assumption that the bill was paid in full 15 years ago. My only drawback is that I never got them to sign to verify the ...
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Sole proprietorship or LLC?

At what point in the life of a small business would you choose to do a LLC over a sole proprietorship? What's the advantage, and what's the cost of doing an LLC?
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How much should I charge for shipping as a function of unit weight?

I am setting up an e-commerce site that sells workbooks. I would like to calculate an estimated shipping fee based on the total weight of the items purchased. The per-unit weights are as follows: ...
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How to Transition From Employee to Employer?

I know Making the transition from employee to employer requires financial stability, a good business plan, self-confidence and a lot of discipline. But i am looking for some instructions/tips from ...
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My Ontario small business collects only PST (beneath GST threshold). How will HST affect me?

I own a small business in Ontario and make less than $30,000 per year. I only charge the PST Will I be affected by the new HST and if so, how ? ==================== Also: If the PST is going ...
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Contractors: Guideline on what percentage to keep when hiring a SUB-contractor?

My business may be growing past the point beyond which I can no longer handle the jobs alone (yay me!)... If mine is an hourly job, with little to no overhead, and I bring someone on to work the jobs ...
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What are the benefits and downsides to an LLC vs. Sole Proprietorship vs. Individiual?

As a followup to my previous question, what benefits are there for an LLC vs. a Sole Proprietorship? What are advantages and disadvantages to both and also vs. just being paid as a person?
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What's the maximum income one can have and not have to file a tax return? [Canada]

I'm starting a home-based business and make very little. Do I have to worry about income tax?
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Is it worth working at home to earn money? Can I earn more money working at home?

I am just started using basicallymoney.com... My question would be Is it worth working at home to earn money? Can I earn more money working at home?
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What's a Letter of Credit? Are funds held in my bank for the amount in question?

Can someone easily cash one? Is it used for business only, or is there an advantage to consumers using them as well?
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When should I start an LLC for my side work?

I am doing quite a bit of sidework this year and wondering at what point would it be a good idea to "start a business" and bill through that.
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What financial management software (personal, business, tax) is for Mac OS X?

What financial software written for the Mac is good? I need personal (like Quicken), business (simple bookkeeping) and tax software.
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In Canada, can I deduct my mortgage if running a business from my home?

If I run a home business and a portion of the home is used as an office for the business can I deduct a percentage of the mortgage?
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How much money/time should be re-invested in your own business, as a contractor?

As a contractor, you realize how valuable your time is - but undoubtedly, an investment back into skills update training or in marketing your business is worth the time you would otherwise spend ...
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What's the best application, software or tool that can be used to track time?

For instance, a contractor, lawyer, accountant etc. would want the ability to easily track time spent on tasks or client activities, without having to manually log/track via spreadsheet. Are there ...
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Why Are Credit Card Rates Increasing / Credit Limits Falling?

I thought that there was recent legislation passed that forbid banks for jacking up rates as they had been doing from late 2008 into the first half of 2009. All of my credit cards have seen increases ...
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Are there any viable alternatives to Paypal for a small site?

I don't want to have the hassle of dealing with credit card or direct payments directly on my website, the volume and amount of transactions don't justify the effort. I've set up Paypal on the site ...
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Can I withdraw from my Roth IRA retirement account to fund a startup?

I'm 24 years old and have $10k in my retirement accounts (Roth IRA) after about a year with a real job. I'm considering withdrawing the entire balance to support myself for a few months while I ...
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If you run a sole proprietorship, how do you declare the income of the business on your taxes?

Let's say I have a small sole proprietorship with only a bit of income and expenses. I can do up a balance sheet and an income statement at year end. Is that all I need to submit with my taxes, and ...