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6 tips for starting a new business By: National Association of Tax Professionals
November 17, 2020

Understanding the tax responsibilities that come with starting a business venture can save taxpayers money and help set them up for success. Here are a few tips and tricks to help through the process of starting a new business.

6 tax tips for new business owners

1. Choose a business structure

The structure determines which income tax return a business taxpayer needs to file. The most common business structures are:

  • Sole proprietorship: An unincorporated business owned by an individual. There’s no distinction between the taxpayer and their business.

  • Partnership: An unincorporated business with ownership shared between two or more people

  • Corporation: Also known as a C corporation. It’s a separate entity owned by shareholders.

  • S corporation: A corporation that elects to pass corporate income, losses, deductions and credits through to the shareholders

  • Limited liability company (LLC): A business structure allowed by state statute

2. Choose a tax year

Your tax year is an annual accounting period for keeping records and reporting income and expenses. A new business owner must choose either:

  • Calendar year: 12 consecutive months beginning Jan. 1 and ending Dec. 31

  • Fiscal year: 12 consecutive months ending on the last day of any month except December

3. Apply for an employer identification number (EIN)

An EIN is also called a federal tax identification number. It’s used to identify a business. Most businesses need one of these numbers. It’s important for a business with an EIN to keep the business mailing address, location and responsible party up to date. IRS regulations require EIN holders to report changes in the responsible party within 60 days by completing Form 8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party, and mailing it to the applicable address on the form.

4. Have all employees complete:

5. Pay business taxes

The form of business determines what taxes must be paid and how to pay them.

6. Visit your business’s state website

Prospective business owners should visit their state’s website for info about state requirements.

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penAbout National Association of Tax Professionals

The National Association of Tax Professionals (NATP) is the largest association dedicated to equipping tax professionals with the resources, connections and education they need to provide the highest level of service to their clients. NATP is comprised of over 23,000 leading tax professionals who believe in a superior standard of ethics and exemplify professional excellence. Members rely on NATP to deliver professional connections, content expertise and advocacy that provides them with the support they need to best serve their clients. The organization welcomes all tax professionals in their quest to continually meet the needs of the public, no matter where they are in their careers.

The NATP headquarters is located in Appleton, WI. To learn more, visit www.natptax.com.

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