With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act a new tax deduction for pass-through business income was created (LLC, S Corp, Partnership and Sole Proprietorship income). The deduction allows for a 20% deduction of qualified business income. There are a few limitations, but in general this means that 20% of business net income can be a deduction on the owner’s personal tax return. *
Before the Tax Cut and Jobs Act a C Corporation had a range of tax rates between 15% and 35%. After the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act the corporate rate is now a flat 21%. For most large corporations this is a win with a lower tax bracket, but if you were operating as a C Corporation with net profits less than $50,000 this is an increase of 6%.
For this reason we are seeing:
An increase in the formation of LLCs (Liability protection; lower state fees overall; less paperwork)
An increase in new Corporations electing S Corp status
Existing Corporations making elections from C Corp to S Corp status with the IRS
Sole Proprietorships are not recommended in an asset protection strategy. With a Sole Proprietorship there is no protection for personal or business assets. A Sole Proprietorship has no Charging Order protection or “corporate veil protection”.
Nevada currently is the only state that has a Charging Order provision for closely held corporations.
* PLEASE NOTE: There are a few limitations to the Qualified Business Income deduction such as W-2 wage limitation; Service business limitation and higher income level limitation. Please seek advice from YOUR tax professional for your specific situation/goals.
Some information contributed by Elite Bookkeeping & Tax Services.
Certified Trade Missions (CTMs) are overseas events planned, organized, recruited, and led by private and public sector export oriented groups outside of the U.S. Department of Commerce. These events are hosted by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s overseas Commercial Service Offices.
The purpose of CTMs is to bring representatives of U.S. companies into contact with potential agents, distributors, joint venture partners, licensees, local businesses, and government contracts.
Here are some things that are typically included in the CTMs:
one-on-one business appointments
selective sessions on local business practices, site visits, or seminars
To find out more about guidelines and benefits of CTMs visit export.gov
Get online– More people are likely to go to the internet to search for businesses than ever before. It’s important to establish an online presence in order to maximize your exposure. Be sure to consider your long term plans for SEO before you establish a web site. Many companies offer free or low cost web sites, but much of the SEO tools are either not available or they do not directly benefit your company. Also many of them do not allow you to keep the domain if you decide to change service providers.
Target new markets- Your current market may indeed be serving you well, but might there be others you can explore? Get creative and do some research.
Diversify- This is a great way to increase your business as it creates additional streams of income that can increase sales and profit margins. Here are some examples:
Accept paid speaking engagements or start your own expert blog
Import others’ products and/or export yours
Sell products or services that compliment yours
Form an alliance– Look for similar types of businesses or ones that offer complimentary services or products.
Utilize an Executive Suite– If your business is growing, but you’re not quite in a position to hire full time staff, this can be an excellent stepping stone. Most come with built in staff that can assist with receptionist services and use of equipment that you may not be ready to purchase. As your business grows you can then take on additional sales and support staff to further grow. Many Fortune 500 companies use them to establish additional locations.
License your product– If you have a service or branded product, this can be an effective and low cost growth strategy. Licensing helps you to open up additional forms of income without having the expense of starting another business.
Franchise your business– This allows you to grow without directly having to manage new locations while also giving you an opportunity to improve in other ways.
Open a second location– If your current business location is under control, you may consider establishing a second location.
Obtain a government contract– This can be one of the best ways to grow your business.
Merge or acquire another business– Look for companies that are similar or complimentary to yours. Your established clientele can grow exponentially by combining forces.
Go global– Locate foreign distributors with a U.S. representative that can help you get your product distributed internationally.
As stated in previous posts Corporate Record Keeping is essential when it comes to protecting your assets and tax benefits. Anything that is of major business consequence should be documented in your records. You need to show evidence that it was approved by the company.
Below are is a partial list of examples of business activities to document:
Amendments to the Articles
Annual Meetings of Shareholders/ Members
Annual Meetings of Directors/ Managers
Special Meetings of Shareholders, Directors/ Members
Authorization for Voting Proxy
Opening of bank account
Adding or changing bank signatories
Authorization to change or appoint company accountant
Authorization to appoint legal counsel
Authorization for payment of business travel
Changes to Bylaws or Operating Agreement
Changes in Stock/ Membership Certificates to correct errors or omissions
Changes in Officers/ Management (new appointments, resignations, dismissals)
Reimbursement for child care expenses
Independent contractor service (1099s for outside services)
Authorization for credit card
Authorization to establish line of credit for the company
Authorization for Foreign Qualification
Reimbursement for Life Insurance
Medical and Dental Reimbursement Plans
Mergers and acquisitions
Purchase of Key-Man Policy
Real Estate leases or purchases
Setting salaries for Officers/ Managers
Authorization to pay for vehicle expenses (purchases, leases, maintenance, insurance, gasoline)
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