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Starting a Business

How to Minimize Your Business Debt and Tax Obligations


If you own a business, you are likely concerned about its bottom line at the end of the month. That is a common concern to have as a business owner.

If you are interested in running your business as efficiently as possible, you want to avoid paying any extra taxes or interest on your debts.

Every cent spent on these things is real money that is ultimately wasted.

Six Ways to Reduce Taxable Income and Pay Off Debt

You really should attend an asset protection class. Here you can meet with professionals and other like-minded people. There are plenty of avenues for you to improve your skills and increase the odds that your business is profitable.

The following six methods may not apply to every business, but they are worth considering to see if they can save you anything at the end of the day.

Take Advantage of Tax-Deferred Savings Accounts

One of the things that many people fail to realize is just how much of an impact putting their savings into a tax-deferred savings account can have. There are a few different types of things, but the most popular would be IRAs and 401(k)s.

These are both typically done through an employer, so you should talk with your employer to discuss what kind of options they have made available to you.

If you have any available, we recommend contributing the maximum amount you can get every year to avoid as much tax as possible.

Open a Health Savings Account

Health savings accounts are like tax-deferred savings accounts for retirement, except that the money is spent on healthcare costs rather than retirement costs.

If you have to pay money every month for regular medical expenses, it makes sense for you to invest in a tax-deferred health savings accounts to avoid paying money you do not have to on your healthcare expenses.

Evaluate the Type of Business Structure You Have

Small businesses can exist in many different structures. If you understand business tax accounting, you can do this yourself. Although we recommend speaking with a licensed professional and asking them if there are any better business classifications you could claim to benefit your business’s bottom line.

Subtract Travel Expenses

Traveling with a business is always fully deductible as long as you itemize all of your expenses.

It’s important that you remember you can only deduct expenses that are business-related whenever you are traveling. Personal expenses are not tax-deductible, even if you are a business trip.

Track Your Spending

If you look at the amount of money you spend every day and it seems foreign, then there is a problem.

As a business owner, you should know where and when each time enters and leaves your business is entering and leaving.

The most prudent business owners will ensure that they’ve got meticulous records kept on their businesses’ financial details.

The only things that you can truly improve in this world are the ones that you can measure. If you fail to measure them, and how will you know if they’ve improved at all?

Pay Down High-Interest Debt

High-interest debt can often add thousands of dollars to the initial purchase price of whatever you are financing.

Although it is very convenient to take advantage of financing offers, you need to remember that you do need to pay for them eventually.

Often, the financial terms for agreements, whether they are for personal credit or business credit, include obscene interest rates, and people do not pay close enough attention.

Suppose you want to avoid being stuck in an endless cycle of high-interest debt where you are struggling to make the minimum payments every month.

In that case, you need to pay down the highest interest that you have to get out of debt as quickly as possible.

Finding Success as a Business Owner

Do not be surprised if, at first, you fail. There are always plenty of options and opportunities for a second chance later on down the road.

The most important thing is that you continue to try and you are always open to learning new things.

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Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson spent years managing her own blog about budgeting and debt. Because of that, she has great insights not only about managing spending and borrowing but also about running websites profitably. When she's not writing articles for us, she's traveling and looking for new types of wines to try.
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