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No one likes them, and yet everyone (who wants to stay out of prison) pays them. They help CPAs make a living, and they force everyone else to work harder. Taxes affect everyone. Without them we would have roads like those in most third world countries. Thus we can all recognize the value of tax dollars, and yet we complain when we must pay them. Home business owners have a unique position regarding taxes in that they must actually budget for them. They do not have a business account manager automatically withdrawing their taxes before sending them a paycheck. They do, however, have several options and avenues to take when figuring their taxes.

First and foremost, home business owners can run the Certified Public Accountant route. They may opt to try to save money ultimately by paying someone else to do figure and file their taxes. When a home business opts to do this, they have a third party to send the IRS to if they are ever audited, and they have a professional that understands the newest tax laws. Ultimately, a good CPA will save a home business owner more money than he costs. He will review the taxes and itemizations with the business owner before filing, and he will explain the forms clearly. When a home business owner leaves his CPAs office, he should never feel confused or leave with questions. If he does, then he either needs to speak up more or consider finding a new CPA, one that teaches more than dictates.

Secondly, a great home business owner understands the need to set aside money for taxes. He should maintain a separate checking account just for his business, and whenever he withdraws money for personal use, such as feeding his family or paying the electric bill at home, he should deduct 25 percent from that amount and set it aside for taxes. When he does this, he creates a tax cushion so that when the CPA informs him of what he owes, he will have that money at hand and not have to do something stupid, like charge the taxes on a credit card.

Finally, the tax-savvy home business owner is a saver. He will save receipts whenever he purchases items. While no one wants a messy office or to have the closet of a pack rat, the successful home business owner still keeps these little slips of paper. He creates a filing system that both works for him and makes sense to the general populace that may ever need to find a receipt.

Ultimately, taxes should not be the headache that they have become for home business owners. Sure, we all have to pay them. But in the process, if the home business owner plans for taxes and uses a professional to help him file, he will end up far better off than he could ever imagine in his post-tax world.
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