Partnership or S Corporation Basis. Partners or S corporation shareholders in entities that have a loss for 2011 can deduct that loss only up to their basis in the entity. However, they can take steps to increase their basis to allow a larger deduction. Basis in the entity can be increased by lending the entity money or making a capital contribution by the end of the entity’s tax year.
Budgets. Every business, whether small or large should have a budget. The need for a business budget may seem obvious, but many companies overlook this critical business planning tool.
A budget is extremely effective in making sure your business has adequate cash flow and in ensuring financial success. Once the budget has been created, then monthly actual revenue amounts can be compared to monthly budgeted amounts. If actual revenues fall short of budgeted revenues, expenses must generally be cut.
Check Your Withholdings
With less than two months remaining in the calendar year, it’s a great time to double check your federal withholding to make sure enough taxes are being taken out of your pay.
Certain folks should pay particular attention to their withholding. These include:
- Married couples with two incomes
- Individuals with multiple jobs
- Some Social Security recipients who work
- Workers who do not have valid Social Security numbers
- Retirees who receive pension payments
Failure to adjust withholding could result in potentially smaller refunds or, in limited instances, a taxpayer may owe tax rather than receive a refund next year.