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Two Things a Successful Entrepreneur Should Never Do

Mar 1, 2021 2:21:00 PM Kathy Dise Financial Management, For Accountants, Bookkeeping

I heard this advice at a JumpStart EXPO from a very successful entrepreneur. When it comes to small business bookkeeping there are two things a business owner should never do:

1. Prepare their payroll

Payroll taxes are confusing to pay if you don’t do it regularly. We often get called in to a new client and find unpaid payroll taxes because someone left, got sick or were just sloppy. Payroll taxes were prepared incorrectly. We have seen penalties for not paying payroll taxes correctly and on time that are greater than the actual tax due. 

At BudgetEase we use an outside payroll service to process our payroll. Even if you use QuickBooks payroll, there is more work than if you used an outside service.

2. Prepare their tax returns


I run into individuals all the time who want to do their own taxes. They want to know how taxes are being calculated. Great! Do them, then have a professional double check your work. Sadly, our tax code is challenging. Filing your own taxes is time consuming and you don’t want to under - or over - pay your taxes. Either way, you want them done right the first time.

How can you tell if you have a good tax preparer? They contact you at the end of October / beginning of November to determine your estimated tax liability and discuss tax savings. They are respectful of you and your spending. They provide helpful advice on how to manage your financial information efficiently.

Having someone else prepare your taxes doesn’t relieve you of the responsibility of looking over their work. We have found errors on tax returns prepared by accountants. Conclusion: have an expert prepare your taxes and make sure you review their work.

We agree: both payroll providers and tax experts are readily available. Having a outsourced bookkeeper do the work saves you time. The fees for these professional services are extremely reasonable. If you consider the cost of doing the work yourself and possibly having to hire someone to fix a mistake and pay the required penalty, their fees are a steal.

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Kathy Dise

Written by Kathy Dise

Kathy has over 30 years experience helping small businesses succeed. As a commercial lender, commercialization expert and now as a QuickBooks diamond level advisor, Kathy understands the challenges small business owners face. Her experience helps business owners quickly accomplish their financial goals. As the owner of BudgetEase, Kathy works with clients to develop a plan to efficiently process 1,000s of small transactions so owners can make informed decisions. She lives in Shaker Heights, OH with her husband Ralph and enjoys golf, curling and walking in Cleveland’s fabulous Metro Parks.