Tax Help for Small Businesses and Self-Employed
January 25, 2011 – IRS Tax Tip 2011-17
The IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center at http://www.irs.gov/smallbiz offers extensive resources and online tools designed to help small businesses and self-employed persons.
The IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center on the IRS website offers the following resources:
- Small business forms and publications
- Employer Identification Number online application
- Employment tax information – federal income tax, Social Security and Medicare taxes, FUTA and self-employment tax
- Tax-related news that could affect your business
- Small business educational events
- IRS videos for small businesses
- A-Z Index for Business – find information fast using the A-Z listing
The site provides important tax information available for all stages of owning a business. Whether you're starting, operating or closing a business, visit http://www.irs.gov/smallbiz for all your federal income tax information.
Other resources available on the IRS website include a virtual small business tax workshop, video and audio presentations, a guide to IRS audits, and a tax calendar designed for small business taxpayers.
The IRS Video Portal:
Tax Questions? Learn about tax topics through video and audio presentations on the IRS Video Portal. The video portal contains archived versions of live panel discussions, archived webinars, video clips, and audio archives of national phone forums.
IRS Audits Video Series:
"Your Guide to an IRS Audit" takes the viewer through the steps of an audit from notification to closing. The video series is composed of scenarios that demonstrate the stages of each type of audit: correspondence, office and field. The scenarios address issues that are common to audits of small businesses.
Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop:
The IRS Virtual Small Business Tax Workshop is an interactive resource to help small business owners learn about their federal tax rights and responsibilities. The workshop contains nine stand-alone lessons that can be selected and viewed in any sequence. The workshop is available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week from any computer. It can also be ordered on CD.
Tax Calendar for Small Business Taxpayers:
The Tax Calendar for Small Businesses and Self-Employed – Publication 1518 – is available online or as a printable PDF file. This 12-month calendar is filled with information on general business taxes, IRS and Social Security Administration customer assistance, electronic filing and paying options, retirement plans, business publications and forms, and common tax filing dates. Each page highlights different tax issues and tips that may be relevant to small-business owners, with room on each month to add notes, state tax dates or business appointments. You can also download the tax events into your calendar or subscribe to the tax calendar events. The calendar provides the small business owner with a ready resource for meeting their tax obligations.
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