Episode 141: Getting Ready for Your Tax Return

income tax solo show Feb 16, 2021

On this episode of the podcast I answer the question, "how do I file taxes?"

Get ready to file your taxes with my FREE 5 Day Tax Challenge filled with actionable steps you can do in 30 minutes a day, recorded Q&As, and downloadable template. Here are the 5 steps you'll find in the 5 Day Tax Challenge.

  1. Gather all your documents - bank statements, 1099 NECs (received from other people),1099 Ks (received from Paypal, Stripe or any other payment processor)

  2. Learn and understand your deductions

  3. Separate your expenses - go through all your bank statements and make sure everything is business-related. You should already have a business bank account. If you haven't separated your banking, tsk tsk, go through and highlight anything that's business-related.

  4. Make sure you sent out any 1099s - You will pay a penalty sending them out after February 1st

  5. Do your bookkeeping - If you do not already have a bookkeeping software set-up like Quickbooks or Wave. This will help you organize...

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Episode 139: What to look for in a tax preparer

income tax interview Feb 09, 2021

On this episode of the podcast I ask Theresa Speights, tax attorney and manager of resolutions at Community Tax LLC in Chicago, about what you should look for when hiring a tax preparer.

 

If you missed Theresa on previous episodes, check out Episode 137 "How to Handle a Letter from the IRS" and 138 "Back Taxes 101 and How to Get Caught Up"

 

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by new & experienced business owners and how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

 

What to look for in a tax preparer:

1. Never hire anyone who says they're going to be able to get you a huge refund. Eventually you will get audited and you will owe a lot of money.

2. Just because they are on the IRS website as someone you can go to doesn't mean they are good at their job. Ask anyone who refers you about their experience.

3. If you have simple taxes, like a W2, you will be fine at...

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Episode 138: Back taxes 101 & how to get caught up

income tax interview Feb 04, 2021

On this episode I chat with Theresa Speights, tax attorney and manager of resolutions at Community Tax LLC in Chicago, about back taxes and how to get caught up if you have them.

 

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by new & experienced business owners and how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

 

Tax controversy is when you owe the IRS money for various reasons - 401k you took out, rough years in business, etc. It ranges from individuals to big businesses. If you have tax liabilities or owe money to the state or federal government, someone who works in tax controversy can help you work through the debt.

 

When it comes to microbusinesses, the most common tax problem Theresa sees is usually poor bookkeeping and comingling of business and personal expenses. When you comingle, the IRS views all the money in your personal bank account as business income, even...

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Episode 137: How to handle a letter from the IRS

income tax interview Feb 02, 2021

On this episode I chat with Theresa Speights, manager of resolutions at Community Tax LLC in Chicago, about what to do it you get a letter from the IRS.

 

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by new & experienced business owners and how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

 

Today's question is, "I got a CP2000 letter from the IRS. what does it mean? What do I do with it? Should I hire someone to help me or just call?"

 

Theresa does tax controversy work, making her the person to call if you owe money to the Internal Revenue Service to work through it and get your debts paid. 

 

If you get a CP2000 letter, the last thing you want to do is call the IRS, they will not be able to help you. Instead, look at page page 3 of the letter to see why they are saying you owe more tax. Once you see you want to verify that you did make that much income. If you did,...

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Episode 132: Owning the CFO role in your business

income tax inteview Jan 14, 2021

On this episode, I chat with Keila Hill-Trawick, owner of Little Fish Accounting, about how to own the CFO role in your business by planning for taxes year-round.

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by creative entrepreneurs & how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

Accountants look at historical data. Are your financial statements accurate, organized, and set up for success for tax prep or applying for grants? A CFO (Chief Financial Officer) should take this information a step further into the future to make financial decisions for the business and reviewing payroll, bill payment, receivables, budgets, forecasting, and the overall financial picture for the business.

It's important to find someone who meets your needs - are you just looking for tax prep? Looking for someone to walk you through your finances and explain why it is they're asking you to save? What is it that...

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Episode 130: Your tax write-off and bookkeeping questions answered

income tax interview Jan 07, 2021

 

On this episode, my guest Parker Stevenson, Co-Owner and Chief Business Officer of Evolved Finance, takes a crack at answering 12 different tax and bookkeeping questions from fellow creatives in the Braden's Besties Facebook Group.

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by creative entrepreneurs & how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

1. First year of business and have a profit loss. How much can I report as a loss? Will I get audited? Is there a limit? (asked by Jennefer Cooper)

 

Hire an accountant! An accountant will help you to write-off as many expenses as you can while still being profitable. Tell yourself, "It's okay for me to pay taxes because that means I have a profitable business."

2. As a small business owner, (two-person LLC), can I deduct the cost of my vehicle on my taxes? (asked by Robes Pierre LaMontagne)

Involve your accountant in this...

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Episode 129: Writing off start-up expenses for a new business

income tax interview Jan 05, 2021

On this episode, my guest Keila Hill-Trawick, founder of Little Fish Accounting in Washington D.C., answers the question "What expenses are allowable write offs for my new business during the start-up phase?"

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by creative entrepreneurs & how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

Start-up expenses are those that you have to incur in order for the business to start. For example, if you are a starting a restaurant, even before you start serving diners you have start-up expenses such as liquor license, architectural drawings, etc. The IRS allows you to write-off $5,000 in start-up expenses in the first year and amortize the rest over the next several years.

Resources

What's the difference between a hobby and a business?

Get in touch with our guest

Keila Hill-Trawick, founder of Little Fish Accounting

Check out Little Fish Accounting's ...

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Episode 127: What are the benefits of hiring a CPA?

income tax interview Dec 29, 2020

On this episode, my guest, Biz Money Coach Meg K. Wheeler, discusses the benefits of hiring a CPA for your small business.

This episode is sponsored by my FREE training: 3 legal & tax mistakes made by creative entrepreneurs & how you can avoid them. Sign up for this free Masterclass here, and get ready to unf*ck your biz.

Today on the podcast we're answering the question "What are the benefits/pitfalls of hiring a tax strategist versus a CPA?"

If you're working on anything related to tax, you want someone who knows what they are doing. Meg suggests you be careful about anyone who is calling themselves a tax strategist, and make sure you are working with a CPA or a tax lawyer like Braden. You don't need a CPA or tax lawyer to provide tax returns.

Beyond tax prep, you should hire a CPA anytime you want to understand how to maximize your business operations. For example, when you start selling more and making more money, should you consider becoming an s corp. Anytime...

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Episode 119: How much you can really deduct on taxes

income tax interview Dec 01, 2020

On this episode my guest Parker Stevenson of Evolved Finance answers the question "Is there a limit on how much you can deduct for taxes?" 

Parker and I discuss what an ideal profit margin looks like, qualifying for mortgages and your business deductions' impact on PPP loans. 

To learn more about Parker Stevenson head to Episode 118 of the Unf*ck Your Biz podcast where I introduce Parker as we discuss credit card fees and their impact on income. 

Get in touch with our guest:

Parker Stevenson,  Co-Owner and Chief Business Officer of Evolved Finance
Check out Evolved Finance's website
Follow Evolved Finance on Instagram
Like Evolved Finance on Facebook
 


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Episode 107: How do I know which tax bracket I'm in?

income tax solo show Oct 27, 2020

On this episode, I answer the question "How do you know what tax bracket you fall into if forming a business? All things taxes are confusing as F!"

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