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Nov 7, 2022

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Jeremy A. Johnson, CPA

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Why Are Small Business Taxes So High? Get These Services, and Yours Won’t Be.

Most small business owners do not know what they owe in taxes. Why? Because a single accountant or tax preparer is not qualified to provide tax advisory services that make tax bills predictable and reduce tax liability. If you’re wondering, “Why are small business taxes so high?” These are the services you’re missing.

Accounting & Bookkeeping (Designing Financials for Tax Savings)

Avoiding big tax bills starts with the basics. Here’s the issue: a typical accountant or bookkeeper creates financial statements for compliance and nothing more. Your business needs a partner that approaches accounting and bookkeeping from a tax-saving perspective.

That means starting from the books and structuring transactions so that your financial statements are primed for deductions, credits, and allowances.

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) won’t do the work your accountant or tax preparer missed.

Tax Advisory Services (Moving From Compliance to Planning)

Many small business owners enter into relationships with accountants or CPAs with faulty assumptions. “If a firm handles my accounting and taxes,” business owners think. “Surely they’ll look for tax reduction.” This is not the case.

Compliance and planning are different things. Tax planning has to do with what’s deductible and what’s not. Compliance is filing forms; planning is reducing your tax bill.

Why are small business taxes so high? Among many factors and services we’ll discuss later, it comes down to a failure by accounting firms to explain the difference between tax reduction (tax strategies and planning) and tax compliance.

How To Find Out if Your Accountant Knows Tax Planning

Ask your current accountant or firm about tax planning. Use the words “offer tax planning as a service.” Tax planning is essential, so listen to how they talk about tax planning. Is it a core competency? Firms that treat tax planning as an auxiliary service are not worth your time.

Reliable Tax Projections (Knowing What You Owe)

Tax planning is not always about saving money. A major benefit of tax planning is projections. What will you owe the IRS? Just knowing what is coming is half the battle.

Once you have projections and forecasts, the days of asking why small business taxes are so high will be behind you.

Budgeting for Tax Payments (Diversifying performance metrics)

You can budget for payments when you know what you’ll owe to the IRS. And because budgeting involves subtracting estimated tax payments from revenue, it’s another insight you can use to grow your business sustainably.

Essentially, it’s useful information that shows your company’s performance in a broader context of tax savings and liability.

No surprises.

Tax Structures (Making Simple Changes for Big Windfalls)

I won’t go too far into this today because tax structures are complex and touch almost every aspect of tax planning.

Here’s what’s important to know: changing your tax structure is not the same as changing your business structure. You have lots of options.

The details can get tedious—big deal. Tax structure is bar-none the most efficient tax reduction strategy for small businesses, and it’s critical to building generational wealth. Here are a few other notable benefits:

  • Business tax savings
  • Personal income tax savings
  • Asset protection

So back to the question, “Why are small business taxes so high?” Here’s another reason why owners are confused: Small business owners do not know when to switch from an in-house accountant or slow-coasting CPA to a serious firm with a dedicated strategic advisor and partner—what we do.

Listen, if your small business has exceeded 1M in revenue, it’s time to pay for those who know the nitty gritty. You’ll learn that we enjoy what to others is eye-wateringly boring. It’s not boring. It’s straight business and big money.

Financial & Tax Leadership (Turning Tasks Into Revenue)

Around 88% of small business owners use paid tax preparers to complete their tax returns. That makes sense for some small businesses, perhaps sole proprietors.

However, if you’re between 1M and 10M in revenue, your financials and tax strategy need to be revenue-generating. To do so, you need an external partner who can step up and provide financial leadership.

Worried About 2022? You Have Time. I Can Help.

I’m betting that if you made it this far, your 2021 tax bill was a huge surprise (both huge and surprising). Let’s move past that.

If you want to make the most of your tax returns and achieve overall financial stability, or if you’re curious about what corrections or general practices you can adopt to improve the current tax position of your business, don’t hesitate to contact me.

Talk soon,
Jeremy