Small Business Taxes & Management

Checklist


Year-End Checklist

 

Small Business Taxes & ManagementTM--Copyright 2016, A/N Group, Inc.

 

 

Introduction

This is a short year-end checklist of business and personal action you should consider before December 31. For more detail on year-end planning, see our articles Year-End Planning--Part 1--2016 Basics, Year-End Planning--Part 2--Businesses and Year-End Planning--Part 3--Individuals. Please use the checklist with caution. These are items to consider, not necessarily act on. While it's anticipated that tax rates will decline next year, and most taxpayers will want to take deductions this year, nothing is final and, depending on your business and personal situation, you could be in a higher bracket even if rates are cut. For example, you may be having a dismal year and may not want to increase your basis in your S corporation to take the loss this year, preferring to defer it to 2017. Consult your tax professional for help.

 

Year-End Actions to Consider--Individuals

___Review stock portfolio, balance
___Take unrealized stock losses to offset gains
___Take gains to utilize losses
___Pay real estate, personal property, estimated income taxes
___Pay mortgage, other deductible interest
___Make charitable contributions (consider appreciated stock)
___Use donor advised fund for charitable contributions
___Gifts to children/relatives under the $14,000 threshold
___Make tuition payments

 

Year-End Actions to Consider--Businesses

___Check basis to take losses
___Review loans to/from business, related parties
___Pay salaries S corp. shareholders
___Consider employee bonuses
___Pay intercompany, related party expenses (e.g., rent, interest)
___Cash basis businesses pay expenses
___Equipment purchases, leasehold improvements, etc. (placed in service by Dec. 31)
___Make dividends/distributions from business
___Pay taxes
___Sell or abandon unusable equipment for loss
___Sell or dispose of obsolete inventory
___Set up SEP
___Collect on outstanding receivables (cash basis business)

 


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