Tax Time people, arm yourself and don’t get screwed

My first year I dreaded tax time, I really thought the government was going to take all my money and I didn’t put enough aside to pay income tax.  I immediately went to a CPA, and he helped me out of jam and he directed me to a few books that would help me and him be better prepared the next year.  My second year, I saved myself close to 28,000 dollars in taxes, for a small business that is A LOT of money.  So, I made it a point to read up on tax laws every November and December during Lock-Ins.  I’ve continued this trend with all my businesses.  Didn’t matter whether it was online, offline, brick and mortar, home-based, or travelling; bottom line it helped me keep more of my money where it belong, growing my business.  Two of the books I read regularly every year I’m going to list below.  Now these aren’t the only books I read, I read a lot of books.  But, these get updated every year and I’ve always gotten updated copies every 2 years. Listed below are the two books I’m referencing.

Book number one is a great book because it can remind you every year of tax deductions you didn’t even think you qualified for.  Most small business owners are missing out on possibly 50% plus of the deductions they qualify for.  Arm yourself, don’t let yourself be one of these people.

475taxdeductions475 Tax Deductions for Businesses and Self-Employed Individuals: An A-to-Z Guide to Hundreds of Tax Write-Offs 






Book number two gives you a great process, and lets you know what is new for the year.  Just because I’m listing it second doesn’t make it the book that is worth less.  I consider both of these books to be equally important.



J.K. Lasser’s Small Business Taxes 2013: Your Complete Guide to a Better Bottom Line





I could write days about my experiences with taxes, and some day I will share the time I got audited (It’s actually not that bad if you keep your stuff organized), But I going to leave you with these suggestions.  Any questions feel free to post them in the comments and I will handle them the best I can.


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