Small Businesses: It May Not Be Too Late to Cut Your 2019 Taxes

Don’t let the holiday rush keep you from taking some important steps to reduce your 2019 tax liability.

You still have time to execute a few strategies, including:

1. Buying assets

Thinking about purchasing new or used heavy vehicles, heavy equipment, machinery or office equipment in the new year? Buy it and place it in service by December 31, and you can deduct 100% of the cost as bonus depreciation.

Although “qualified improvement property” (QIP) — generally, interior improvements to nonresidential real property — doesn’t qualify for bonus depreciation, it’s eligible for Sec. 179 immediate expensing. And QIP now includes roofs, HVAC, fire protection systems, alarm systems and security systems placed in service after the building was placed in service.

You can deduct as much as $1.02 million for QIP and other qualified assets placed in service before January 1, not to exceed your amount of taxable income from business activity.

Once you place in service more than $2.55 million in qualifying property, the Sec. 179 deduction begins phasing out on a dollar-for-dollar basis. Additional limitations may apply.

2. Making the most of retirement plans

If you don’t already have a retirement plan, you still have time to establish a new plan, such as a SEP IRA, 401(k) or profit-sharing plans (the deadline for setting up a SIMPLE IRA to make contributions for 2019 tax purposes was October 1, unless your business started after that date).

If your circumstances, such as your number of employees, have changed significantly, you also should consider starting a new plan before January 1.

Although retirement plans generally must be started before year-end, you usually can deduct any contributions you make for yourself and your employees until the due date of your tax return. You also might qualify for a tax credit to offset the costs of starting a plan.

3. Timing deductions and income

If your business operates on a cash basis, you can significantly affect your amount of taxable income by accelerating your deductions into 2019 and deferring income into 2020 (assuming you expect to be taxed at the same or a lower rate next year).

For example, you could put recurring expenses normally paid early in the year on your credit card before January 1 — that way, you can claim the deduction for 2019 even though you don’t pay the credit card bill until 2020.

In certain circumstances, you also can prepay some expenses, such as rent or insurance and claim them in 2019.

As for income, wait until close to year-end to send out invoices to customers with reliable payment histories. Accrual-basis businesses can take a similar approach, holding off on the delivery of goods and services until next year.

Proceed with caution
Bear in mind that some of these tactics could adversely impact other factors affecting your tax liability, such as the qualified business income deduction.  For more information about small business tax liability or other business advisement services, contact the experts at David Mills CPA, LLC. 

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Why Should You Outsource Payroll?

On payday, your employees expect their paychecks to be correct. Errors or oversights on a paycheck can anger and unnecessarily stress an employee. Save the hassle and outsource your payroll.

Ensuring your employee payroll is accurate is vitally important, yet for many small business owners in the Peoria and Central Illinois area, the process is laborious, stressful and never-ending.

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When you outsource payroll responsibilities to the experts at David Mills CPA LLC, you get more time to concentrate on your core business. You will have peace of mind knowing your payroll operations are being handled correctly and professionally.

Pay period follows pay period. Accurately completing your company’s payroll requires time and attention. 

Outsourcing Ensures Payroll Accuracy

By outsourcing payroll responsibilities, you can be assured that all special deductions, such as wage garnishments, savings, and health deductions are properly calculated.

Do you know the updated payroll regulations for 2020? With outsourced payroll services, the experts at David Mills CPA LLC ensure your firm is compliant with all current payroll laws.

At David Mills CPA LLC, payroll tax deposits are electronically filed and quarterly payroll tax forms are prepared and filed. They also complete year-end W-2 and 1099 forms as well as worker’s comp audits and any requests for payroll information.

Hiring experts to complete your company’s payroll helps avoid IRS mistakes and penalties. 

When you work with David Mills CPA LLC, you are able to establish a direct deposit option for your employees. Direct deposit saves employees a trip to the bank to cash their paycheck and has become a convenience employees expect.

Outsourcing Payroll Eliminates the Burden on Employees

Outsourcing your payroll eliminates the need to train or cross-train employees to handle payroll. When payroll is handled in-house, a burden is placed on the company every time the person responsible for payroll goes on vacation, takes a leave of absence or quits the company. 

When the payroll employee leaves or retires, they walk out with valuable knowledge that can be hard to regain.

Outsourcing your payroll responsibilities means a knowledgeable team is in place to seamlessly handle your company’s needs.

Contact the professionals at David Mills CPA LLC today to see how their payroll service can meet the needs of your business. David Mills CPA LLC has offices in both Morton and East Peoria.