Tax Tips For Your Online Business

Tax Tips For Your Online Business


All businesses, no matter what type, are in the same standing when it comes to tax requirements. The IRS requires everyone, especially business owners, to declare all of their income, file their tax returns and pay all applicable fees. This mandate extends to  business  transactions that are primarily done  online . Fortunately, many tax benefits, and even loopholes, that apply to regular offline ventures can also be utilized in  online   businesses . Knowing what these are, is specifically significant for you to avoid dealing with IRS problems in the future.

To claim for tax deductions,  online   business  owners should make use of the fact that a huge portion of their business is actually run at home. Depending on whether or not they qualify for specific IRS requirements, they may actually be eligible for some very significant tax deductions. One of the important qualifications for a house to be considered a home office is that it should be used regularly and solely for business. A dining room where the family eats dinner in the evening but is used as an office during the day can’t be classified as a home office.

For it to qualify as a home office, a particular space or room must be primarily used for business, like daily operations and client meetings. Although you are given leeway in dividing the time spent for each room, whether business or personal, you might want to keep it simple. Claiming that a room is utilized for business operations 100% of the time instead of 75%-25% for business and personal uses, respectively, is a more beneficial alternative. This strategy will keep you away from potential IRS problems.

Another major stipulation for a space to be considered a home office is that it must be considered as your principal business rendezvous. Online entrepreneurs generally find this stipulation quite easy to attain since they operate completely from their homes most of the time anyway. Basically, the IRS wants to make sure that all business-related activities you carry out in your home office, is not also accomplished any place else, specifically places like rented offices or suites.

These two main requisites, when met, will definitely allow you to deduct many costs associated with your office and home. Among other things, these costs include rent or mortgage payments, insurance costs, utility bills and property taxes. You cannot, on the contrary, deduct all of your rent or mortgage payment. The way it works is usually through a percentage computation. If your office makes up for 25% of your home, and your mortgage payment is $1,000 per month, then you would be able to deduct 25% of that $1,000 which is $250. So every month you would be able to deduct $250 which totals to $3,000 per year. This is essentially how you should deduct expenses concerning your home office. In addition, keeping updated records of your  online   business  will help you avoid IRS problems in the future.

Restrictions to  online   business  tax deductions are also available. For example, you cannot have accumulated deductions that will lead to a net loss in a given year. Specifically, if your business registers annual revenues of $50,000 and your exemptions also total to $60,000, you can’t claim a net loss equaling to that $10,000 difference. Claiming for a net gain of zero, however, is a possible and reasonable option.

Source by Darrin Mish