Posted on | February 5, 2010 | Comments Off on 7 Steps To Reduce Your Tax Related Stress
7 Steps To Reduce Your Tax Related Stress
If you have your own business what may haunt you most is the stressful task of filing your tax returns at the end of the year. Every year brings you the harrowing experience of piling up your financial documents and preparing your tax return. It adds to your worries if you have earnings in other countries as well, as you need to file your tax return from those countries as well.
Here are seven gradual steps that will certainly minimize your tax returns related hassles.
1. Maintain your accounts accurately. Buy a ruled ledger from the nearby stationery store and keep a record of your accounts.
2. Keep your receipts/bills in a safe place. Enter the finer details of the receipts into your accounts book once a week.
3. When you receive a payment, don’t forget to record that payment in your accounts system.
4. Browse through various accounting software packages available with your software retailer. Don’t go for a complex accounting software that may make your accounting more complicated instead of simplifying it. Choose a simple application. If spreadsheets and cell formula work better for you, keep your accounts in a spreadsheet program.
5. Now, open your tax return envelope without any delay. Check if all the sheets are there that you may need. If you find that any sheet is missing, you can download it.
6. Don’t leave your tax return job for the eleventh hour. Try to file your tax return well ahead of time. This will give IRS or the revenue department time to check your forms to ascertain how much you owe them. This is rather less stressful than calculating it yourself and continuing to doubt your calculations skills.
7. Analyze steps 3-6 again. If you feel they are not your cup of tea, you can hire an accountant. Of course, you will have to pay the accountant for keeping your accounts and for preparing your tax return. How much you will pay will depend on the complexity of the work the accountant will have to complete. If you have a habit of keeping a neat and clean accounts book and keeping a safe copy of each of your receipts, you may not have to pay a higher fee to your accountant.