As soon as you start to think about starting a business, you should meet with an accounting professional who can help you take the next steps. You can discuss your business's organization, bookkeeping, taxes, payroll and operations, along with target pricing and profit margins.
Does your accountant return your calls? Do you feel comfortable asking them a question? Do you feel heard? With the right accounting professional, the answers should be a resounding "Yes!"
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First you can check out the IRS resources to get a good overview. Next talk to an accounting firm that has helped start many businesses. We recommend you talk to Compass Accounting Group.
Get some impartial advice from an accountant before you consult a bank or investors. Put a meaningful business plan together that gives the lender/investor confidence that your business idea is worth the risk.
Check out what the IRS has to say about starting a business. Keep in mind, many small businesses are setup as an LLC because of the cost of doing payroll. If your business has net profits that exceed $15,000 per year, you could be paying too much in taxes.
To be considered an independent contractor and not an employee subject to payroll, an individual must meet and maintain all nine of the following requirements (original Government documentation):
Only certain employees can be exempt from overtime and minimum wage. The U.S. Department of Labor has issued a Fact Sheet.
Avoid problems in calculating and tracking shareholders' basis.
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