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5 Red Flags That Will 
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For the business owners who think they can write off everything, below are 5 triggers that will generate an IRS audit.


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So many business owners want to write off items that trigger an audit. Then they get mad when they get "the letter."

The IRS letter with the words audit. It's not a good feeling. You could be having a happy day and then go to the mailbox and look as if someone died.

Oh it hasn't happened to you? Yet? Well that's good!

The audit is not because an individual saw something and generated a letter, actually it's AI better known as Artificial Intelligence.

It's a program the IRS runs to find problems with your taxes.

Below are 5 red flags that trigger an audit.

1. Reporting too much for meals. I know people that write off everything they eat. 

The IRS clearly says that you can only write off business meeting meals and to write on the receipt who, when and what the meeting was for but most people including bookkeepers ignore it.

2. Report too much for travel. Las Vegas trips, international trips and coast to coast travel. 

3. Entertainment such as basketball, football, baseball and soccer games and gear. Digital games they play on their cell phone including gambling.

4. Cloths, shoes, dry cleaning, gym memberships, massages, and pet stuff. 

5. Owner cash withdrawals. The owner takes money out of the business and says he gave it to whoever when he probably went to Vegas!

If you've written off any of the above then most likely sooner or later the IRS algorithm will trigger an audit.

What should you do?

There is a tax form for every type of business filing taxes. What you do is find out what type of entity you are (sole proprietor, partnership, corporation etc.) and then you look at the tax form for your business.

The form (1040, schedule C etc) will show you what you can deduct. So you strategize by making sure whatever you purchase can go onto those tax lines and the odds of getting an audit decreases dramatically!

Tada!

-Steph

Do you feel helpless when it comes to the IRS? That's only because you haven't done your bookkeeping.

If your bookkeeping is up to date you will not be burdened with whether the IRS is coming to get ya!

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If you have a good bookkeeping system no need to worry.

Imagine when it's time to file your taxes you are actually eager to see if your tax strategy worked!

The horrible tax frustration is gone!

If you are not interested in making sure your bookkeeping is correct and up to date, you can expect to feel intimated, paranoid, and pressured by the IRS.

The IRS loves business owners who go to Las Vegas!

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People are confused by bitcoin. They are nervous about buying it. 

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I just filled out several the PPP loan docs for a Chase client and I see that to get your loan forgiven you better be accurate.

I know the loan is as low as 1% but if you don't have to pay it back then make sure your payroll is correct.

Tell your bookkeeper, payroll clerk or accountant to:

1. Double check the employee count on your 941's and DE 9C's for all the quarters and make sure they match.

2. If you have a payroll company like Paychex or ADP take advantage of the reports they provide as they are PPP ready, but they can make mistakes too so check the numbers.

3. Whatever you do read the paperwork thoroughly and try to use all the money for payroll only if possible.

Download this fact sheet if you need to.

If you need help contact me 747 263-9016.

-Steph

Bookkeepers Don't Forget About The New 1099's!

Hey indy contractors and business owners that do business on-line with a 3rd party processor.

If you sell a lot of products and services on-line that total more that $22,000 or 200 transactions, then you will probably have a 1099-K sitting in a file from Paypal, VenmoZelleSquareeBay or any other 3rd party processor.

So don't forget to check after January 31, 2021. 

Because if you forget to check and the processor sends the 1099-K to the IRS and you don't know about it and did not add the income to your taxes, that's a red flag and you will get a letter from the IRS.

-Steph

Hey guys,

I'm sure you already know, but the IRS changed the 1099-Misc for 2020. So make sure you don't breeze through it!

Lawyers, accountant and other service professionals are now getting a 1099!

Indy contractors and business owners that do business on-line with a 3rd party processor should also beware.

If you sell a lot of products and services on-line that total more that $20,000 or 200 transactions, then you will probably have a 1099-K waiting for you.

Paypal, VenmoZelleSquareeBay or any other 3rd party processor give out 1099-K's. So don't forget to check your account after January 31, 2021. 

Because if you forget to check and the processor sends the 1099-K to the IRS and you don't know about it and did not add the income to your taxes, that's a red flag and you will get a letter from the IRS.

-Steph

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Well maybe .11 cents. 

All you need is a little piece of bitcoin. You don't have to buy the whole bitcoin!

Look if the IRS recognizes bitcoin, not as US currency (yet) but as 'property' that is comparable to cash, you still get taxed on it.

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-Steph

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Don't Get Behind On Your Payroll Taxes!

So many business owners get behind with payroll taxes.

Those dreadful fees keep you awake at night and when you do sleep you dream of the IRS garnishing your bank account.

Forget those horrible nightmares and take out a Payroll Protection Program loan.

There is a second round coming and if you didn't get a loan the first time around maybe this time you can.

No matter how many employees you have you must take advantage of this program when it becomes available again.

If you use the money for payroll and payroll taxes you can actually have the loan forgiven and not pay the loan back!

Happy days are here again!

If you need help with an existing or new PPP loan contact me 747 263-9016.

-Steph

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