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Compulsory Tax Audit for Your Company—When and Why

‘Oh I just love tax season’, said no one ever…

This is even truer for small and large businesses, that do anything and everything to ensure the dreaded IRS doesn’t put the business in their targets. Yet tax audits happen to good businesses for stupid reasons and mistakes.

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Some Tax Saving Tips for Businesses

Tax time means stress time- this rings especially true for small business owners.

Established businesses have tons of people looking after taxes, but startups and small businesses are still in the phase of holding their ground. They really can’t afford hiring so many people.

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Keep your company’s accounting and tax information updated

Starting a business is easier than making it successful down the line. When you own a business, whether small or big, you must be aware of everything which keeps it going.

Information, or data, is one for the most important things for a company. Information related to expenses should particularly be stored and updated from time to time. This will help you with while filing tax forms and also to make important financial decisions.

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EU VAT CHANGES FOR 2015

The measure allows the countries of the EU membership to apply the reverse charge mechanism for a limited period of time with specific conditions also to be taken under consideration. All of this represents a faster procedure..

More specifically, this new directives apply to digital services (everything that can be downloaded or used online)

The area of sectors where this mechanism can be taken to action is broader and it includes also mobile pones, integrated circuit devices, supply of gas and electricity, telecom services, game consoles, tablet PCs and laptops, cereals and industrial crops and raw and semi-finished materials.

As a seller on the market you are responsable to pay the buyers VAT based in their own country (this means any EU country) nevertheless whether you are an EU based company or not. This new directives are not quantitiy and price aware so by selling one ítem for less than a dollar, new legislature will rules are still being applied.

You are also obliged to store buyers information (their location etc.) for the next 10 years after the deal was executed.

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FUNDAMENTAL ACCOUNTING

In order to prepare the financial statements, it is important to adhere to certain fundamental accounting concepts. Going Concern, unless there is evidence to the country, it is assumed that a business will continue to trade normally for the foreseeable future.

Accruals and Matching, revenue earned must be matched against expenditure when it was incurred Prudence, if there are two acceptable accounting procedures choose the one gives the less optimistic view of profitability and asset values. Consistency, similar items should be accorded similar accounting treatments. Entity, a business is an entity distinct from its owners. Money Measurement, accounts only deal with items to which monetary values can be attributed.

Helps existing and potential investors and creditors and other users to assess the amounts, timing, and uncertainty of prospective net cash inflows to the enterprise

Separate Valuation each asset or liability must be valued separately.
Materiality, only items material in amount or in their nature will affect the true and fair view given by a set of accounts. Historical Cost, tTransactions are recorded at the cost when they occurred. Realization, revenue and profits are recognized when realized. Duality, every transaction has two effects.

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SAVE ON TAXES

Under EU law, the standard rate of VAT in any EU state cannot be lower than 15%.Each state may have up to two reduced rates of at least 5% for a restricted list of goods and services. The European Council must approve any temporary reduction of VAT in the public interest.

The default VAT rate is the standard rate, 20% since 4 January 2011. Some goods and services are subject to VAT at a reduced rate of 5% (such as domestic fuel) or 0% (such as most food and children’s clothing).

VAT is an indirect tax because the tax is paid to the government by the seller (the business) rather than the person who ultimately bears the economic burden of the tax (the consumer). Opponents of VAT claim it is a regressive tax because the poorest people spend a higher proportion of their disposable income on VAT than the richest people.Those in favour of VAT claim it is progressive as consumers who spend more pay more VAT.

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PROPER INVOICE INFO

Financial statements are prepared according to agreed upon guidelines. In order to understand these guidelines, it helps to understand the objectives of financial reporting. The objectives of financial reporting, as discussed in the Financial Accounting standards Board (FASB) Statement of Financial Accounting Concepts No. 1, are to provide information that
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