You don’t need to be a tax expert to run a business, but knowing the basics about taxes can help you run it better. You’ll find the basics and much more on the IRS.gov Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center. You can apply for an Employer Identification Number, download a form or learn about employment taxes.
The Tax Center also includes the following resources:
IRS Video Portal. Watch helpful videos and webinars on many tax topics. Find out about filing and paying business taxes. Check out how an IRS audit works. Look for the “Small Biz Workshop” under the “Businesses” tab to learn the basics about small business taxes.
Online Tools and Educational Products. The list of small business products includes the Tax Calendar for Businesses and Self-Employed. You can view key tax dates and actions for each month with this tool. Install the IRS Calendar Connector tool on your computer to get important tax dates and tips, even when you’re offline.
Small Business Events. The IRS holds small business workshops, meetings and seminars at many locations throughout the country. Find out what the IRS has planned in your state by clicking “Small Business Events.”
Bovi says to “paws” for a moment and make an appointment to get your taxes done!
New on our Resources page are several brochures to help you with your taxes. Some will help you get your information together for 2015, others will help you going forward into 2016. We hope you find them useful.
Business Expense Worksheet
Business Mileage and Expense Log
Business Use of Vehicles
Business Use of Home
Charitable Contributions Guide
Cash Donation Tracker
Noncash Donation Tracker
Recordkeeping for Tax Purposes
Rental Income and Expenses
Rental Income and Expense Worksheet
The California Franchise Tax Board has completely revamped its MyFTB site, with an eye toward making it more useful as well as more secure. Here is a sampling of what you can do on the new site.
– View payment history.
– View a list and images of tax returns.
– View a list and images of notices and correspondence.
– View and update contact information.
– View a list of authorized representatives (tax preparer or a tax preparer with a power of attorney) and manage who can access your account.
– File a power of attorney (POA).
– Chat with an FTB representative about confidential matters.
– Send a secure message with attachments to FTB.
Even if you had an account before you will need to register for the new site. The registration process takes a while, since the FTB will be snail mailing a PIN number that is required to complete your registration, so best to do it now! Visit www.ftb.ca.gov/online/myacct/ for more information.
W-2s and 1099s are coming soon! Whether you prepare your returns yourself or want us to prepare your taxes, here’s a simple way to keep track of your income, expenses, deductions, and investments.
This Lifehacker post explains the concept
For more information, see the Motley Fool web page at
Our office will be closed Thursday, December 31 and Friday, January 1 as we greet the new year. (In case you’re wondering, we take a lot of holidays now because we don’t take any during tax season!)
For 2016, we wish everyone health, wealth, and love–along with the time to enjoy them!
From Heather, Melody, Tracy and Mike at Heather R. Chambers, CPA, Inc.
Our office will be closed Thursday, December 24 and Friday, December 25 in observance of Christmas.
We wish our clients peace, joy, hope and love no matter what holidays they observe!
From all of us at Heather R. Chambers, CPA, Inc.
You know those workplace posters, the ones that you are required to post at your place of business? There is no need to pay for new ones every year–they are available from the source for free!
You can find out which ones you need and download them here:
These links can also be found on our Resources page at heatherchamberscpa.com/resources/
One good way to protect your personal information is to review your credit report regularly. By law you are allowed one free report each year from each of the big three reporting agencies. Here’s how you can use this to your best advantage.
First, go to annualcreditreport.com. There are many similarly named sites, but this one is the official site. Follow the instructions on how to request your free credit report, but rather than requesting one from each agency, pick one agency and request a report from them. Set yourself a recurring reminder to request another report from a different agency every four months. In the reminder, set up a schedule like this
This way you will remember which ones you already ordered and which is the official site.
Review your report looking for credit inquiries you were not aware of, as well as any accounts you didn’t open.
The Internal Revenue Service, state revenue departments and the tax industry today released the first in a series of special tax tips designed to provide people critical information to help protect their tax and financial data.
The first of the Security Awareness Tax Tip series provides seven ways people can protect their computers, which takes on added importance as people prepare for the holidays and the 2016 tax season approaches. A new tip will be available each Monday through the start of the tax season in January.
Subscribe or find out more on the IRS web site at www.irs.gov/Individuals/Taxes-Security-Together.
Here is proof that we have been into vintage way before it was fashionable! For as long as we can remember, we have been using our trusty Super Moistener whenever we have envelopes to seal. The Super Moistener, affectionately known around here as The Licker, was made by Better Packages, Inc. of Shelton, Connecticut, which, like us, is rooted in the past but still going strong in the 21st Century.
Just so it doesn’t feel left out, The Stapler has been The Licker’s trusty sidekick for many years. it is an Aceliner Model 502 made by the Ace Fastener Co. of Chicago, Illinois. We have one in black as well as one in beige. They are still available, but only in walnut.
Here’s Heather and Melody’s mom working on (paper) spreadsheets at the Halter & Associates office on PCH in 1977.
We’ve been working hard to bring ourselves into the 21st Century. Our web page has been redesigned to be mobile friendly—in fact, it looks better on a phone! Take a look at the new heatherchamberscpa.com.
Heather, Melody and Tracy are performing in October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard. This moving and hauntingly beautiful theatrical experience was composed by Curtis Heard using the poetry of Leslea Newman. Catch the last performance on Sunday, October 25, 2015 at the Art Theater of Long Beach. For more information click on the poster above or visit firstchurchlb.org/octobermourning