Tax and Money Tip of the Week:
Year-end Tax Planning
| December 19, 2012 | No. 122
This is the time of year in our CPA practice that I work with small business owners and individuals to perform tax checkups to help them project their tax liabilities for 2012 and make tax saving recommendations of moves they can make between now and year-end. Frequently, just defining the amount of taxes they owe via these planning services helps manage their cash flow so the businesses and individuals don’t have a big amount due and/or surprise each Spring when we prepare their tax returns.
For the business owner and individuals, one of the largest expenses can be taxes. For this reason alone, this expenditure requires planning and monitoring as any other major expense. A year end planning meeting with your CPA should include a discussion of:
- any assets purchased during the year
- anticipated year-end revenues and expenses
- plans for current year retirement funding
- any refinancing of debt that occurred in the current year
- any changes to your business structure
This planning meeting should prepare the business owner or individuals to anticipate the amount of taxes that will be owed on March 15th (or April 15th if the tax burden flows through to the personal return). To be effective, tax planning needs to be done prior to New Year’s Eve.
Use our experience in year-end tax planning to enhance your bottom line. Give us a call if you would like to discuss your personal tax situation and see how we can save you taxes.
Questions or Comments?
Mark Vitek, CPA/PFS, CFP®
…until next week.