Setting Up Your New Business for Tax Time

It’s never too early to start thinking about how to reduce your tax burden. Startups are especially poised to make decisions that can help save them time and money on Apr. 15. Following these tips will make getting ready for tax season less stressful:

• Open a separate checking account for the business.

• Then keep all of your business expenses separate by paying for them only from the business checking account. And don’t pay for anything nonbusiness-related from this account.

• Buy accounting software to help maintain control of your records.

• Think about how your business entity structure can affect your liability, and consider if you need additional insurance.

Keith Hall National Tax Advisory National Association for the Self-Employed Grapevine, Tex.