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When to Talk to Your Accountant About Tax Write-Offs [And What to Ask]

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This year has been a tough one. However, many companies in the roofing and construction industries have been able to keep their heads above water, some even having a busy year. Now it’s the end of the year, and, if your company has been profitable, you’re thinking about what you could do to maximize your tax write-offs.

But where do you start?

Your tax accountant or financial advisor will be able to best help you determine what you can and can’t use as business write-offs next tax season. But don’t wait until it’s time to file your taxes before reaching out. Communication is important, and asking the right questions about tax write-offs can make a big difference on your tax return.

Don’t wait until it’s time to file.

In most cases, you don’t need to worry about whether or not you’re talking to your accountant about something at the wrong time. Reputable tax accountants should be available to bring clarity to your questions any time of year, not just during the rush of tax season.

However, when you have questions about your company’s tax write-offs, getting the answers before tax season helps streamline paperwork and reduce stress later in the filing process. If you’re unsure of whether your business can afford to make a specific purchase for the year, your financial advisor or tax accountant should be able to give insight on how the purchase could help–or hurt–your business.

Questions are key.

Never be afraid to ask your accountant questions–they’re there to help you and your business thrive! Make sure to take advantage of these three questions the next time you reach out to your accountant about tax write-offs.

1. Which tax write-off laws can I take advantage of?

You’re likely making good use of all the tax write-offs you can that you know of. But there is a possibility that your accountant may know of a few more.

For example, with Section 179, business owners who’ve purchased an Equipter RB4000 can choose to file the full expense of the RB4000 as a deduction while they’re still completing payments on the equipment. If you own an Equipter, make sure you weigh the pros and cons of this option with your accountant.

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Ask your accountant if there are any other write-offs you are missing to ensure you’re making the most of them.

2. Which business documents should I keep to get tax write-offs?

Whether it’s receipts or tax records, it’s important to keep the right documents in case your business is chosen for a random tax audit or to reference for future tax seasons if needed. If you’re just starting out, the best move is to ask your accountant for details on what you should stash in your filing cabinet–or digital records.

Avoid unnecessary stress around tax season by keeping your receipts and other documents filed properly as you make business purchases throughout the year. You can even write off supplies and software purchased in order to organize your write-offs!

3. How can I make tax season go smoothly for everyone involved?

The best way to move forward is to learn from the past. Before the next tax year even begins, make an appointment with your financial advisor or accountant to discuss where you’re at so far and what you can do to maximize your return next tax season. Together, you can come up with a plan to help keep the filing process simple for everyone in the future.

It’s up to you and your accountant to make tax season stress free. Being completely transparent with your accountant will help you get the most out of your business purchases for the year and build your relationship with another person who can help your business grow.


DISCLAIMER: Equipter, LLC, is not qualified to give legal advice. Therefore, we recommend that business owners talk to their accountants or financial advisors for specifics regarding tax laws and what can and cannot be noted as tax deductions.