How To Survive Tax Season

Posted by Heather Villa, CMA, MBA, MSM on October 05, 2009 in: Bookkeeping & Accounting, Delegation for Success

Tax season is a trying time of year for anyone. For the small business owner, tax season can seem truly overwhelming. Attempting to make headway in the mountains of forms, decide what needs to be filed, maximize deductions and ensure that everything is properly filled out present unique challenges. Many small business owners are also key employees, with no time to spare to dedicate to these extra tasks. If you own a small business, you may find yourself working on taxes late at night, slamming coffee and trying to keep your eyes focused. Fortunately, there is help. Provided here is the small business owner’s guide on how to survive tax season.

Learn How To Survive Tax Season With Preparation

As with most things in life, tax season is much easier to survive when proper preparations have been made. The first step to success during tax season is to start earlier in the year and keep good books. Computerizing your bookkeeping is a major step towards proper preparation. Bookkeeping software such as QuickBooks allows you to input transactions as they happen rather than allowing your records to become incomplete. Combine your software with an excellent filing system to ensure that all receipts are at your fingertips. A virtual assistant company can help you get started.

Learn How To Survive Tax Season With Routine

The best software and filing systems in the world will not help if they are not properly utilized. The second step to success during tax season is to be disciplined. Develop a daily routine that includes managing your finances. Many business owners find that tacking on as little as 30 minutes per day for financial tasks makes recordkeeping flow. If you do not have the time to spare or are uncomfortable with numbers, consider outsourcing this work. You can contract a virtual assistant company for as many or as few hours as you need.

Learning These Skills Will Make Tax Time Easier

If you have followed the above steps, you will be ahead of the game at tax time. Nevertheless, do not allow yourself to procrastinate until the last minute. Getting started early will give you time to search carefully through your records and ensure that your paperwork is properly completed.

Consider hiring extra help during the tax season. Again, virtual assistants can help here, even just to help manage the regular workflow while you’re working an accountant to navigate your taxes.

Be kind to yourself. Expect tax season to be a trying time and do not take on too many new projects. Look out for your employees as well. Tax time is difficult for everyone.

Although tax time is frustrating, there is no need to dread it. Prepare yourself well throughout the year and maintain discipline and you will be ready. Tax season might not be fun but with some discipline throughout the year, you can make it quick and painless.

About the author:
Heather Villa, MBA CMA MSM, is a Business Coach and Entrepreneur. She helps business owners achieve success in operations, productivity, project management, and social media. Read her other articles at http://hireheathervilla.com/resources/articles/ and visit http://heathervilla.com for more information.

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