Achieving Sustainable Cost Savings by Adding Value to Business Processes

Cutting costs in a business might seem easy at first—simply eliminate low-hanging fruit like free coffee, consulting services, or temporary employees. However, these quick fixes often lead to unsustainable savings and can hurt employee morale. To implement cost reductions that last, consider a different approach focused on adding value to your business processes.

Navigating the Complexities of Deducting Pass-Through Business Losses

In the early years of operation or during challenging economic times, many business ventures generate tax losses. Understanding when and how much of these losses can be deducted is crucial for maximizing your tax benefits. Here’s an overview of the current limitations on deducting losses from pass-through business entities, including sole proprietorships, LLCs, partnerships, and S corporations.

The Advantage of Separating Real Estate from Your Business

For many businesses, combining real estate assets with other company assets in a single entity can pose significant risks. Whether you’re concerned about liability from property-related injuries or the impact of legal issues on property ownership, there are also important tax considerations to keep in mind. Here’s why holding real estate separately might be beneficial.

Simplifying the QBI Deduction: What Business Owners Need to Know

Navigating the complexities of tax deductions can be a daunting task for any business owner, particularly when it comes to the Qualified Business Income (QBI) deduction. Introduced as a key component of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2018, the QBI deduction offers substantial tax savings for eligible businesses through 2025. However, understanding the nuances, especially for those classified under Specified Service Trades or Businesses (SSTBs), requires careful consideration and expert guidance. In this article, we aim to demystify the QBI deduction, providing clear insights into its benefits, limitations, and the critical factors business owners need to consider.

Preventing Check Fraud: Essential Steps For Business Owners

In today’s high-tech world of e-commerce, check fraud remains a significant threat, costing individuals, businesses, and financial institutions billions annually. Despite advancements in digital payments, many companies still accept checks, leaving them vulnerable to fraud.

Understanding Seller’s Discretionary Cash Flow (SDCF)

A Valuation Metric Just for Small Businesses: Valuing a small business, like a mom-and-pop restaurant, requires a different approach than what you’d use for a large corporation. Traditional valuation methods, such as discounted cash flow analysis or price-to-earnings multiples from publicly traded companies, are often too complex and irrelevant for small businesses. Instead, valuation advisors turn to a more suitable metric: Seller’s Discretionary Cash Flow (SDCF).

Planning for a Business Loan: How to Be Prepared and Secure the Best Terms

At Patten and Company LLC, we understand the unique challenges and opportunities businesses face to secure funding. If you’re building a small business and haven’t yet needed to borrow funds to expand or smooth out cash flow irregularities, you’re doing something right. And if you have borrowed and everything went smoothly, kudos again. For those who foresee the need for credit in the future, anticipating this need well in advance can significantly enhance your ability to secure a loan with competitive terms.

Protect Yourself: Identifying Fake Charities Exploiting Taxpayer Generosity

In the latest installment of the “Dirty Dozen” tax scams for 2024, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is sounding the alarm on fake charities posing as legitimate organizations to deceive well-meaning taxpayers. Especially during times of natural disasters or tragic events, individuals are inclined to offer financial support to those affected. However, scammers exploit this goodwill by creating fake charities to solicit donations and collect sensitive personal and financial information for fraudulent purposes.

Navigating Tax Deductions for Business Travel

Are you planning a business trip this summer to a destination known for its cultural or recreational attractions? Combining business with pleasure can still yield plenty of tax benefits if you follow a strict tax itinerary. Whether you’re traveling domestically or internationally, understanding the tax rules is crucial.

Optimizing Cash Withdrawals from Your C Corporation

C corporation owners often need to withdraw cash from the business, whether to cover personal expenses or protect excess cash from creditors. While paying dividends is one way to take money out, it has some significant downsides. Fortunately, there are other tax-efficient methods available. Here’s what you need to know: