Rex L. Crandell

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CHECKLIST FOR BUSINESS CLIENTS

THINGS TO BRING TO
YOUR TAX INTERVIEW

 

  • If you need help organizing your business records, I can assign one of our bookkeepers to complete the task for you.
  • If you use your car for business, you should take the year-end odometer reading now so that you can allocate between business and personal mileage and expenses. Please fill out a Vehicle Information Summary Sheet for each vehicle used for business. Be prepared to justify your business auto usage for the IRS. Other assets that need allocation between business and personal use are home computers, cellular telephones, aircraft, boats, dual-use VCR players and cameras, country club expenses, and vacation homes.
  • If your primary place of business is in your home, your business and personal home expenses need to be allocated by dividing the exclusive business use square footage by the total home square footage. Generally, most people who own their homes do not want to claim the home office deductions after understanding all of the ramifications. People who rent the homes they live in generally elect to claim home office expenses. We can discuss this at your tax appointment.
  • If you purchased new equipment or autos with a cost of over $500 each, we need to know the date each was acquired and its cost and description in order to prepare the depreciation schedule. We also need to know if you sold, traded or discarded any of the items that may have been on your depreciation schedule in prior years.
  • All income should be totaled, and all expenses should be broken down into categories. Meals and entertainment should be in a category by itself because of its special tax treatment. Be prepared to justify your travel, meals and entertainment expenses for the IRS. Unless we prepared your financial statements for you, you should bring in a copy of your balance sheet and profit and loss statement for the year from your bookkeeping staff or printed from your computerized bookkeeping program. In addition to the printed reports you could also bring in a back up data disk with last year’s information if you use QuickBooks, Quicken or Peachtree software on a Microsoft Windows computer.
  • If you paid over $600 to any non-corporate independent contractors in your business, we will need to prepare 1099 forms for each of them by January 30th unless you have already filed them. To prepare the 1099s we will need the name, address, social security number and amount paid to each person who is not on your payroll.
  • Calendar year corporation tax returns are due to be filed on or before March 15.  Partnership, limited liability company and sole proprietorship tax returns are due on or before April 15.  Returns that are not completed by 20 days prior to the filing due date will require an extension of time to file, and any tax due will need to be paid along with the extension forms.
  • Please complete and bring the Client Info Sheet and attached Engagement Letter.  Answer all questions on the Miscellaneous Questions list to save time during your interview.
  • For S corporations, C corporations, limited liability companies, and limited partnerships, we will need to know when you paid your California franchise tax (usually $800), and for which tax periods the payments apply.
  • New clients should bring last year’s tax returns.
  • Please bring year-end payroll reports and employee W-2 forms (if we did not prepare them).
  • We need year-end lender statements showing interest expense on loans for: vehicles, equipment, buildings, lines of credit, etc. If the lender did not calculate the interest expense for you, then bring in your original loan contract and we can calculate the interest expense.

Please provide the following items if they apply to your business:

  • Year-end credit card statements showing interest paid on unsecured business expenses.
  • Your year-end product inventory balance at cost from your detailed inventory count.
  • Your year-end aged accounts receivable and aged accounts payable reports if you are using the accrual basis of accounting.
  • The business owner’s health insurance premiums and other fringe benefit payments separated from disbursements for the company’s other employees.
  • Details on any company charitable contributions including items donated and method used to determine value.
  • Details on loans to or from the company of cash or other property, including repayment terms, and interest rates, etc. This would include loans to or from officers and employees.
  • Name, address, social security number and phone number for each of the company’s owners (new clients only).
  • A year-end bank reconciliation for the company’s business bank accounts (does not apply to sole proprietors).
  • Any IRS or state tax board correspondence you have received.
  • A list of questions you may have; any other projects that may need our assistance.
  • Any other documents you feel may be needed or that you want to discuss.

 

        

 

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