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|Issue Number: IRS Special Edition Tax Tip
2015-05Inside This Issue
Beauty and Barber Shops Start, Grow and Succeed
IRS recognizes Small Business Week
May 4 – 8, 2015, by
highlighting some of its most popular educational products, videos and webinars
to help your business thrive. If you own a beauty or barber shop, or are
self-employed, visit IRS.gov for all your tax needs. Knowing the tax rules can
help your business start, grow and succeed. For example, see IRS Publication 4902
, Tips for the Cosmetology and
Barber Industry. Here are some of the topics included in this booklet or
detailed on IRS.gov:
Follow the IRS on Twitter! The IRS has three key accounts: @IRSnews,
@IRStaxpros and @IRSenEspanol. For all the IRS Small Business Week information,
keep an eye on these IRS Twitter accounts and the key hashtags: #IRSsbw15 and
- Business Structure. One of the first things you need to
decide is the type of structure for your business. The most common
types are sole proprietor, partnership or corporation. The type of business you
choose will determine which tax forms you will file. You may have employees or
rent space to someone who is self-employed. Visit IRS.gov for tips on starting and operating your business.
- Report Tip Income. All tips you receive are taxable income. If you have
employees who receive $20 or more in cash tips in any one month, they must
report them to you. You must withhold federal income, Social Security and
Medicare taxes on the reported tips. Learn more about these rules in the IRS
video “Reporting Tips.”
- Business Expenses. You can deduct ordinary and necessary
expenses that you pay to run your business. An
ordinary expense is a common and accepted cost for that type of business. A
necessary expense is a cost that is proper for that business. For example,
cosmetologists are often required to get a license or pay for a permit or
certification. You can deduct these costs as business expenses in most cases.
See Publication 535, Business Expenses for more on
- Estimated Tax. If you are self-employed you may need to make estimated tax payments. In most cases you pay
this tax in four installments each year. If you do not pay enough tax during the
year, you may owe a penalty. Use Form 1040-ES, Estimated Tax for Individuals to
figure the tax. Direct Pay, available on IRS.gov, now offers you
the fastest and easiest way to make these payments.
- Depreciation of Assets. You can deduct the cost of some
assets over a number of years. For example, if you buy equipment and furniture,
you should depreciate the cost of those items since you will
normally use them for more than one year. Check out the IRS webinar “Depreciation Basics” to learn more.
- Filing Your Taxes. If you have employees, the IRS offers
electronic filing options for your federal
payroll tax returns. IRS e-file is fast, safe and accurate. You'll also receive
an electronic acknowledgment when the IRS accepts your e-filed return. You can
use EFTPS to make any federal tax payments.
- Keeping Records. Everyone in business must keep records.
You need good records to prepare your tax returns. You must have records to
support the income, expenses, and credits that you report. Good records can help
you keep track of your business. They can also increase the likelihood of
business success. Watch the IRS video “Good Recordkeeping Helps Avoid Headaches at Tax
Time” to find out some of the best practices.
Additional IRS References:
IRS YouTube Videos:
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