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Five Best Tax Saving And Smart Planning Tips For Small Business Owners

No,  this is not another blog about lame tax ideas.   Big Business has many tips that are not known by most CPAs.   The best five tax planning tips are:
1.  Use more than one entity.  Have one use the accrual basis of account.   This allows you to avoid taxes on prepayments  (more on this link) and expense costs before they are paid.   Have one entity be a corporation.    Corporations can be taxed as a separate entity (which means they pay their own taxes) or a pass through (by election subChapter S of the tax code).

Each of these corporate taxation methods has a unique advantage.   For a start-up, the separate entity has the benefit of allowing you be late on paying income tax on the profits.  Thus, you have more money to invest in growth.

Have one corporation doing business in a tax-free state such as Nevada.

2.  If you have only part-time employees or no employees fund your business  with the little-known tax savings of a solo 401K plan  (more on this link).  This works only if you have no full-time employees.  Big businesses use the ESOP retirement plan.  It is a fantastic tool but most small business can not afford the annual compliance cost.

3.  If you make sales via your website, place your website on a server in a tax-free state (learn more here) Also, have the server and website owned by a corporation in the same state.  If your website sells a service or another intangible item, use a tax haven corporation to own the site.  The server needs to be in the same country as the corporation.

4.  Use an irrevocable non-grantor trust to own any passthrough entities.   Of course, have the trust in a tax-free state such as  Nevada.   A non-grantor trust has almost no audit risks.  This type of a trust files its own tax return (Form 1041) and pay its own taxes.  By moving income to this return, you have a lower “adjusted gross income.”

A lower adjusted gross income allows you larger itemized deductions and more tax credits.  It also reduces your chances of a tax audit.

5.  Don’t rely upon year-end planning.  It is a suckers move.  Usually, you end up spending money to be able for a deduction.  Big Business plans a year in advance and not a month before year end.  Each time they add a product or service, they think about tax planning.   The most effective tax planning looks at income and not expenses.

If you need help creating a strategic tax plan, then contact me, Brian Dooley, CPA, MBT at 949-939-3414.  A recent Government study showed that tax planning businesses are taxed at 14%.  For every one dollar spent in tax planning,  ten dollars are saved in taxes.

 

 

Learn How to Pay Less Tax with Tax Talk on Blog Tax Radio

Listen to provocative and innovative tax planning on my radio show, Tax Talk. We support a subscription-free internet content supported by advertising.  

Each episode as a 60-second commercial by the company hosting our radio show.

The first episode is the new IRS designer trust… designed by the IRS to screw your state out of state income taxes.  California tax planners and New York tax planners can use this new Nevada self-directed trust to save state income taxes.

Next, Protecting yourself from the IRS’s Big Brother Supercomputer exposes the IRS “financial DNA” of each of us stored in its new Big Data computer.

Find Additional Business Podcasts with Provocative Tax Planning on BlogTalkRadio.

If you need to up the quality of your tax planning, then contact me, Brian Dooley, CPA, MBT, at [email protected]

Tax & Business Planning for an Offshore International E-commerce Computer Server During a Natural Disaster

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Internet tax planning for the international business is just a click away from big tax savings.

Seems like unexpected natural disasters are occurring more often. The loss of an e-commerce website for a few weeks is like a store being flooded. Yet, you do have an inexpensive solution.  Cloud computers can provide a redundant system and save you taxes. 

For example, privately owned e-commerce businesses are saving taxes by hosting their store on a foreign computer server.    These businesses sell an internet product such as an e-book, video, database, entertainment and other personal services.

For example, an e-commerce site that booked travel arrangements is much like last century’s travel agent.   With proper planning and corporate formation, this type of an e-commerce business earns foreign source personal service income (that of a travel agent).  If your tax team has properly planned this, the income can be earned tax-free by a foreign corporation.

We have read about firms that are like Google, Apple, and General Electric legally avoiding taxes; but what happens when there is a natural disaster?

I was at the Apple Store yesterday in Newport Beach, California.  I wanted to get Applecare for my iPhone.    The Apple Store is located in a large outdoor mall.  As I approached the store I saw the Apple employees hanging around the front door and the Apple store was empty.  A fire nearby had caused a loss of electricity for the mall (of about 100 stores).

The young millennial Apple employees were lost or as one said, he was a fish out of water.  I told them what I needed and they debated among themselves what I should do.  None of them knew until 40-year-old supervisor spoke up… use paper!!!

The staff was amazed at such out of the box thinking but still looking scared.   We walked inside and the supervisor handed a millennial a credit card slip and the mechanical machine to process the charge.    To no avail, it was out of their capacity.. which brings me to your tax and business planning.

To make wealth with an offshore ECommerce business you need redundancy.  You need a second system that can take over.  For example, the Bahamas is now the go to place for an offshore e-commerce business.  Hurricanes and storms are common.  Canada allows computer hosting without the creation of a tax situs.

You may want to consider to have your  Bahama corporation own the computer server in the Bahamas and with a backup cloud server in Canada.   If you need help establishing your e-commerce business, then contact me, Brian Dooley, CPA, MBT at [email protected],

 

 

President John Kennedy – Our Obligation to Avoid Taxes and to Use Our Talents for the Benefit of Society

Just a short blog post that I hope we provide what I call “staple news”.   The chaos not only between the two parties but in the two parties can cause us to forget the tried and true course.   I picked President John F. Kennedy because he is the darling of the Democrats and those that call themselves liberals.

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President John Kennedy (Democratic) is the most important president of last century. The President and Supreme Court Justice Holmes agreed… it is your duty to pay the least amount of taxes.

Yet, many of those same people have hatred towards independent voters that support the dreams and economic policies of this great President.

The photograph on the left says it all. While a government job is better than no job, it requires the Government to take (also known as steal) money from a non-government worker. A government job does not create a car, food or exports. The ideal job for a country is one that makes the country wealthier.

If you have a small business, this link has five sophisticated tax plans that your CPA may not have explained to you.  They are used the wealthy and the rich to avoid taxes so that they can create more jobs.

And there is more. Those the have the advantage of a higher education have an obligation to protect the Country by helping the population become educated. I have heard complaints about those that voted for President Trump. If you do feel that way, then please listen to JFK in this video below.

Cloud Continues to Disrupt Business – 1,000s of Robots Laid Off

International tax planning compares last century's tax laws to this century's business. Then , it exploits the differences.

International tax planning compares last Century’s tax laws to this Century’s business. Then, it exploits the differences.

Using your knowledge the 1990s and the beginning of this Century will cause you to pay more in taxes and it can put you out of business.

You have to compete with the future. Blockbuster’s demise is old news from the beginning of this century.   Just ten years later, the killer of Blockbuster is dying.   Redbox has closed (laid off) 1,000s of it robotic DVD rental kiosks in the U.S.

 In 2015, it closed all of its DVD rental kiosks in Canada.   Netflix and other video streamers are slaying the king of the DVD rental kiosks. Redbox’s $1 a night became too expensive. Netflix is $10 a month, and you can watch as many hours as you want with 50,000 choices.   With Redbox, you had to rush to the kiosks to return the DVD.

American international tax laws were written and were designed for a 1930 economy.

Offshore tax planning compares the out of date concepts in our tax laws to 21st Century business. Then, it exploits the differences.  Your tax planner must forget last century’s tax planning and learn this century’s.  Even the first ten years of this century is partly obsolete.  

If this was 2005, you would not have a smartphone. Yep, no apps.  I don’t know about you, but I use my iPhone and iPad for business more than I use my landline and my computer combined.   

Great tax planning sees the trends and changes.

With the iPhone came the  streaming of music.  If the computer server hosting the music was located in the Cayman Islands, the income would be foreign source income and not U.S. source regardless of the location of the customer.

Look at banking.   Are ATM’s the next to be laid off?  Do you want to deposit your checks like this,  in the dark watching over your shoulder?

Internet businesses can decide who is going to tax them just by using the cloud.

Internet businesses can decide who is going to tax them just by using the cloud.

Or like this- At home with a smartphone app where it is safe. By changing your business, you not only survive, but you can also completely shift your tax profile.

For example, if you distribute a product, spend some time learning about 3D printing or using a fulfillment center.   If you have an e-commerce business,  consider streaming your product versus providing a mp3 file or a pdf file.  Internet tax planning starts with shifting the source of the income.

For some, it is merely a move to Nevada or Texas to escape California or New York taxation.  For others, it is outside of the U.S., such as Canada (yes, it is an internet tax haven) or Ireland.  By the way, California tax planning and New York tax planning just became more important.  State income taxes are no longer deductible. 

If you want to brainstorm your idea and dream about your future, then call me, Brian Dooley, CPA, MBT, at 949-939-3414 for a free one-hour consultation with you and your CPA,