Vision bearers in any business must be concerned with the general regulation of companies in their industry if they are to maneuver and become successful in business. The government imposes specific rules that govern the conduct of companies in the communities they serve. As an entrepreneur builds on revenues and earns profit from their business, so must government earn portions for ensuring that the entrepreneur operated in a safe, socially improved, and resourced environment. The government does this through federal taxes that apply across the board. As a business owner, understanding the different federal, state, and local tax requirements is step one in planning your financials for the year.


Estimated tax

Estimated tax is a formula of calculating taxes on incomes generated not subject to withholding. Such revenues include employment income, interest earned, and dividends. It is also payable if the amount withheld from your salary, pension, or other income is insufficient. Individuals running a business must pay this type of tax or face penalties on defaulting. Estimated tax installments fall due on the 15th day of April, June, September, and January every year.


Energy-related tax incentives

As much as you concern yourself with what to pay to the federal or state departments, it is best if you kept abreast of incentives that lower your overall operational costs. Energy tax breaks in different forms help you decide on where to invest and set up shop. Energy-efficient appliances receive more credits hence lower your overall costs. Residential improvements with energy-saving home improvements will further help you utilize residential energy credits.


Tax Relief

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers extraordinary tax relief for businesses affected by disasters to cushion the blow on the business owner.  Tax reliefs can be filed through an amended application after an emergency or disaster has hit. You will need to fill out the claim for disaster-related losses for the previous year to comply with the law.


Deductions for charitable donations

When your business donates to charity, the IRS has the power to deduct tax on the value of donation made. Tax deductions on donations in the form of non-food inventory items, food, and intellectual property applies. Provision of services is not tax-deductible expenses. However, travel and materials used in donating are tax-deductible.