Starting a business can be both thrilling and expensive – cash running out is one of the main causes for startups’ failure.
There are various strategies available to startups for reducing startup costs. Below are a few tax-saving strategies: 1. Accelerating expenses into this year
1. Track Your Expenses
Maintaining accurate records of expenses is vital for accurately estimating what taxes your startup owes. From one-off costs like equipment purchases to ongoing expenditures such as employee salaries, it is vital that payments and receipts are recorded so you can accurately report them when filing your taxes.
Startups must also exercise caution in classifying their employees. Failing to properly classify workers as either independent contractors or employees can result in legal complications and costly penalties; taking the time to identify these workers correctly for tax savings purposes is imperative.
Start-ups should also consider offering tax-deductible employee benefits. Offering stock options to employees may have significant tax ramifications for founders of startups; consulting a tax expert is crucial in understanding this impact on your taxes.
2. Offer Tax-Deductable Benefits
Startup founders looking to save on taxes should take several measures. For instance, hiring independent contractors requires accurate classification; otherwise legal penalties and tax repercussions could occur.
Start-up businesses may also deduct costs incurred prior to opening, such as advertising and organizational expenses.
An irrevocable non-grantor trust (IDGT) can also help startups manage their tax obligations effectively and reduce liabilities and risks, increasing cash flow while protecting assets from creditors and lawsuits. An IDGT should be an essential strategy for any startup seeking long-term fiscal security.
3. Apply for Tax Credits
As startup founders build their businesses, it is imperative that they keep tax liability top of mind as their operations grow. Proper strategic tax planning can prevent costly complications in the future.
One such tax credit is Section 1202, which allows startups to defer capital gains realized from selling or exchanging qualified small business stock.
This tax credit can be applied against income or payroll taxes and is refundable, meaning you’ll get a check directly from the IRS. To qualify, your startup must employ employees engaged in research and development activities meeting government criteria; such activities could include on-demand economy businesses, big data analytics, chemistry research projects, oil and gas drilling activities, agriculture work, software engineering design or winemaking projects. Your startup accountant can assist in understanding more about this tax break.
4. Donate Your Inventory
Startups often find themselves with excess inventory. Instead of liquidating it or disposing of it, why not donate them instead to charity and earn a tax deduction in return? According to IRS Code Section 170(e) (3) C corporations can deduct up to twice their cost for inventory donated as donations!
Equipment, furniture and supplies your company no longer needs can also be donated to charitable organizations and claimed as tax deductions if you donate them instead of selling to a liquidator. Also applicable is startup equity you no longer require: an LLC, S corporation or partnership could qualify for up to 10% of taxable income in annual cash donations as tax deductions!
5. Overpay Your Tax Estimates
Taxes can be the bane of many entrepreneurs’ lives, yet they must not be neglected. Noncompliance costs $441 billion each year so finding ways to make filing easier should be prioritized.
Hiring an experienced tax advisor can help maximize the potential deductions available for business startup costs. Since the initial allowance for such expenses is only $5,000, it’s crucial that you discuss investment strategy with a knowledgeable advisor beforehand.
Startups operate with thin margins, so reducing overhead expenses is critical to their survival. By employing these key tax strategies, you can lower taxes while simultaneously increasing profits.