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Run a virtual business? Outsource your accounting to claim these tax benefits

Posted by Aashna

April 24, 2024

Supercharge your virtual business by outsourcing accounting services to turbo-boost efficiency and super-size savings!

Suppose you’re running a home-based business or a virtual storefront. In that case, you can access multiple tax credits and deductions that can significantly reduce your tax liability each year — if you know how to apply them. For instance, you could potentially deduct a portion of your home’s rent or mortgage, utility bills, and even internet expenses. But without a knowledgeable accounting team on your side, these benefits are easy to miss! And the chances of wrongly claiming your deductions and raising tax penalties are high.

Running a business from home can be overwhelming at times. The constant management of expenses and the worry of missing out on deductions can be a heavy load. However, there’s a solution that can lighten this burden-outsourcing your accounting. This could be the best decision you make for your business.

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This article will explore key tax deductions that virtual business owners can leverage to enhance their profits and reduce their tax obligations. Additionally, we’ll delve into the advantages of delegating your accounting requirements, which include saving time, simplifying tax processes, and safeguarding against the possibility of tax penalties to remote accounting services.

Let’s dive in!!

1. The home office deduction

The home office deduction is one of the most helpful and well-known deductions claimed (and misclaimed) by those working from home each year. However, it can be challenging to track and claim correctly. 

To qualify for the home office deduction, you must use a portion of your home exclusively for your business. This space could be a room, a corner, or even a shared space, as long as it’s used solely for business purposes. You also must document how much time you spend working in that space and what other purposes the space serves — like a home gym or guest room. If your home office serves multiple purposes in your house, that impacts the amount of deductions you’re eligible to claim. Taking advantage of this deduction also requires an exact calculation of your business expenses related to the home office, with receipts and documentation to back up the purchases. 

Suppose you lack expertise in accounting and taxation. The fear of making mistakes or missing out on potential home office deductions can be daunting. However, outsourcing your accounting to a team of virtual accounting firm professionals can provide a sense of security. They can help maximize your deductions and ensure you avoid costly errors when filing your taxes. With their experience in navigating the complexities of tax law, you can feel confident that you’re receiving all available deductions while remaining compliant with regulations. 

2. Most reasonable marketing expenses

Did you know you can deduct your advertising and business promotion expenses from your business tax liability? Your marketing methods must directly relate to your business’s efforts to promote its services and products. The advertisements or promotions must be necessary for the successful operation of the industry and considered reasonable and justifiable costs. This means that expenses like social media ads, website maintenance, and even business cards are usually deductible. However, buying a new Maserati, painting your company’s logo on the side, and deducting the cost as a business expense won’t fly! 

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With outsourced accounting and taxation, a designated team of accountants can help you understand which marketing costs are ‘reasonable and justifiable’ and what documentation to keep track of. Together, you can optimize your business deductions while making the most of every marketing dollar you spend. That’s a win-win!

3. Insurance premiums

Home-based businesses can deduct the insurance premiums for business use, such as liability, property, health, and more. This is especially beneficial for virtual companies that purchase additional specialized insurances, like professional indemnity insurance (which protects service providers from liability) or cyber liability insurance (to cover your losses in the event of a data breach).

With insurance premium deductions available, safeguarding your company’s future is even more affordable. Your small business financial outsourced team can help you gather the proper paperwork and receipts to ensure these deductible expenses are correctly reported on your tax return and provide accurate online bookkeeping solutions. This not only saves you time and effort but also ensures that you’re not overpaying for insurance. And in the event of a claim, having accurate records can make the process much smoother.

4. Your outsourced accounting team!

Did you know the rate you pay your outsourced accounting team is often considered a legitimate business expense? As long as the rate is reasonable, their work directly benefits your business, and you keep detailed documentation of payments to your accounting team, you can deduct this expense and benefit from even more significant tax savings. But the benefits of outsourcing your accounting go beyond tax savings. It also saves your business time and frustration, as you don’t have to worry about keeping up with the latest tax laws or spending hours on bookkeeping. And the cost itself is a write-off, making it even more cost-effective!

Key takeaway

When the complexities and ever-changing regulations of tax law become too much to handle, it’s time to consider accounting process outsourcing as a liberating activity. Professional accountants have the deep experience needed to help your virtual business maximize every available deduction, avoid tax penalties, and stay compliant. With an offshore finance management team on your side, you’re free to focus on growing your business and enjoying the rewards of your hard work. This freedom can bring a sense of ease to your business operations. 

This material has been prepared for informational purposes only. Escalon and its affiliates are not providing tax, legal or accounting advice in this article. If you would like to engage with Escalon, please contact us here.

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Aashna Vidyarthi is a content writer and literature enthusiast. She has contributed her creative talents to various brands across industries, helping them bring their visions to life through compelling narratives and unique writing. Her love for literature and a keen interest in different cultures are integral parts of Aashna’s creative journey as she continues to weave enchanting tales that resonate with audiences, embracing the power of imagination and the beauty of diverse perspectives. A bibliophile who reads anything and everything that comes her way and enjoys every word.

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