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Tax planning is a crucial aspect of running a thriving business. As a business owner, it is important to stay informed about the different tax strategies at your disposal and select the one that aligns perfectly with your needs and objectives. 

Here are some time-tested tax planning strategies that can help make sure you’re meeting all your tax obligations. 

Understand Your Obligations

The first step in effective tax planning is understanding your business’s tax obligations. This means getting familiar with the different types of taxes you need to pay, such as income tax, GST/HST, and payroll deductions. Make sure you understand all the deadlines associated with these payments and how they can affect your cash flow.

Minimize Your Tax Liability

You can minimize your business’s tax liability by taking advantage of deductions, credits, and other incentives available to businesses. By fully understanding and exploring all the available deductions and credits, you can optimize the amount of money you save on taxes. This proactive approach not only helps you comply with tax regulations but also enables you to strategically allocate resources and invest in the growth and development of your business. 

Set Up a Retirement Plan

Setting up a retirement plan for your business can help you save money on taxes. You can set up an individual retirement account (IRA) or a 401(k) plan for employees, both of which will allow you to make contributions to the plans that are tax-deductible.

Use Tax Shelters

A tax shelter is an arrangement that reduces your taxable income, allowing you to reduce your tax bill. Common tax shelters include deferred annuities, limited partnerships, and real estate investment trusts (REITs).

Take Advantage of Investment Opportunities

There are many types of investments that can be used as tax-advantaged tools to help you save on taxes. For example,  investing in municipal bonds or certificates of deposit can offer you tax-free income, which means you can keep more of your earnings in your pocket. Municipal bonds are issued by local governments and are exempt from federal taxes, and in some cases, state and local taxes as well. Certificates of deposit, on the other hand, are time deposits offered by banks that typically offer fixed interest rates and are insured by the FDIC. By exploring these tax-advantaged investment options, you can strategically manage your finances and potentially increase your savings.

Keep Accurate Records

Keeping accurate and updated records of your business’s financial transactions is crucial for effective tax planning. This will help you track your expenses, income, deductions, and credits so that you can easily prepare your taxes each year. 

Develop a Tax Planning Strategy

Developing an overall strategy for managing your taxes can help you stay organized and ensure that you’re taking advantage of all the available deductions and credits. Putting together a comprehensive tax plan with the help of a financial advisor can make sure that your business is in compliance with all relevant laws and regulations, as well as minimize your overall tax liability. 

Remember, tax planning is an ongoing process that requires regular review and adjustment to adapt to changing tax laws and regulations. By staying proactive and seeking professional advice when needed, you can effectively manage your tax obligations and contribute to the long-term success of your business.

If you need more help on deciding which tax planning strategy is right for your business, talk to our financial advisor today!

At Independent Financial Services we have professionals that can guide investment strategies, tax-efficient savings options, and retirement and succession planning. 

Schedule a call with us today to learn more about how we can help!

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