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Taxation

Businesses both large and small have to juggle a variety of taxation issues emerging from local, state and federal tax law. Taxes are often a complex process that need to be addressed throughout the fiscal year, and many do not completely understand what they need to do and how they need to do it. Before any deductions are claimed or credits applied, it pays to know how tax law defines business income.

The form a business takes directly impacts its tax burden. Knowing how to incorporate is a challenge, and deciding what legal form the business should take is an important decision that will affect both tax issues and future operations. What is chosen will affect the kinds of taxed paid, who may invest in the company and how secure the owner is financially.

The form a business takes will also directly affect personal tax obligations should the company be sold later. In the meantime, those who maximize what they may deduct and what is a legitimate business expense are further ahead at taxation time. There are always key tax breaks to help with cash flow difficulties, and it pays to find these breaks with the help of an attorney. For example, a business owner may get a generous benefit by carefully tracking business expenses and keeping detailed tax records. Along with keeping tax records, tracking the age of equipment may also pay off when tax time rolls around.