It just seems like the hits keep on coming in 2020, and as if there wasn’t enough for us to deal with already, we still have to think about taxes.
More insidious than Dave Ramsey’s obsession with debt, is his admonishing small business owners to not have partners. Let me say upfront that I completely understand what he is trying to accomplish with people, and I’ve certainly experienced my share of bad partnerships, but abstaining from all business partnerships is frankly a little goofy.
And just like that, Congress shuffled the deck. To be clear, the PPP Flexibility Act brings welcome relief to those small businesses that participated in the Paycheck Protection Program, but it didn’t address all the issues. My gut tells me that they’re not done tweaking this, and before anyone takes action, we need to see what regulations the SBA issues regarding the new law.
I am going out on a limb here, but I don’t like Dave Ramsey. That may be heresy to some, but let me explain why. Aside from the fact that he is dull to listen to, has not a funny bone in his body, and generally is preachy and dogmatic, that is not why I think Ramsey is bad for business. It’s not even that I disagree with his advice, although most of it tends to be more family therapy than financial help. In large part, his recommendations make a lot of sense for the right people, and that is what brings me to my trouble with him. His advice is geared towards wage earners, NOT small business owners. I’m sure there is a lot of crossover, meaning many small business owners have wage-earning spouses, and deal with many of the same issues. The shortcoming is, however, that Ramsey’s advice doesn’t go far enough. His advice is, “if you don’t have cash, don’t buy it.” Brilliant idea, but not very practical for most small business owners. Sure it is preferable to not have to borrow money, but does it really make good business sense?
If you’re like me, you’ve heard the phrase a thousand times, this isn’t a sprint, it’s a marathon. I didn’t really understand the depth of that phrase until I ran a marathon. For most of us who haven’t ever run a marathon, we interpret the phrase as something like, don’t go too fast, this is going to take a while. Or we think, we’re not going to achieve this overnight. While both of these things are true, they are only partial truths.
Previously I’ve written on 6 Keys to Hire an Accountant, now let’s discuss the different ways you can work with an accountant. There are many things an accountant or CPA can do for you, but we will focus on the ones that pertain to small business owners. Here is a list of services generally offered by tax and accounting services:
Remember February 2020 Pre-Covid? Those good times feel like ancient history.
Everyone has been focused on the SBA loan provisions in the CARES Act, and are overlooking several other tax savings opportunities in the law. In this article we'll dive into the tax-free distributions from qualified retirement accounts.