Debt Management for Business Owners

November 20, 2023  |  Barton Walter and Krier

Some of you may shudder when you hear the word “debt,” but if you’re a business owner, chances are you know that debt is often necessary. And it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Taking out a business loan is a common and useful tool for funding a business, especially in its early stages. The trick is managing your debt wisely so that it never grows out of control or otherwise hinders your operations. In today’s blog, we’ll explore strategies of debt management for business owners. How Do Businesses Accumulate Debt? Before we examine how to manage debt, we need to understand how and why businesses accumulate debt in the first place. As a business owner, you may use debt financing for a variety of purposes. You may need a loan to cover startup costs. You may need to borrow money to help with everyday business needs, known as “working capital.” Some business owners use loans to purchase expensive equipment, inventory, or real estate. Many of these costs would prove detrimental to small businesses if they had to be paid in full, but repaying a loan over a long period of time makes them much more manageable. You can obtain a business loan from a bank, credit union, the U.S. Small Business […]

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Why You Need an Estate Plan (And How an Accountant Can Help)

October 23, 2023  |  Barton Walter and Krier

You may have heard of estate planning and figured it wasn’t for you. Maybe you thought you were too young or not wealthy enough to bother. The truth is everyone should have an estate plan. This important set of documents gives you a say in what happens to your possessions after you’re gone and provides other helpful ways to steward your affairs. Continue reading as we explore why an estate plan is so important and how a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) can help with yours. What is an estate? The word “estate” may conjure up images of expansive properties and mansions. But in this case, the word has a much broader meaning. Your estate comprises the sum of your possessions, including everything you own, your house, vehicles, bank accounts, investments, and life insurance policies. All these assets must be distributed to people or organizations upon your death. What is an estate plan? An estate plan is a set of documents outlining what will happen to your estate after you’re gone, and in some cases, while you’re still alive. A will is the most well-known aspect of this plan, but other documents include trusts, powers of attorney, and life insurance plans. Why is it important? An estate plan ensures you have control over who […]

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Plan Ahead for Tax Season

September 26, 2023  |  Barton Walter and Krier

Every year it seems as though the scramble around tax time is inevitable. But the tax experts at Barton, Walter & Krier are here to help. We’ve got the inside scoop on things you can do throughout the year to ensure you’re prepared, saving you time, money, and potential headaches. Keep reading to learn a few year-round tax tips to help you plan ahead for tax season. Tax Time Timeline Because of additional tax obligations, tax season looks a bit different for businesses than for individuals. Unless filing for an extension, individual tax returns are due on April 15. Depending on your business type and the tax year, the due date for business taxes can vary. Additionally and for businesses required to pay them, quarterly estimated taxes are, as the name implies, due each quarter — on the 15th of April, June, and September as well as January of the following year. Companies with employees are also required to file local, state, and federal payroll taxes all year long. Identify Proper Classification Selecting the right structure for your business is important to avoid overpaying taxes. Among other aspects, you’ll want to consider tax rates, liability protection, and chain of command when choosing an entity. From a C corporation to a sole proprietorship and […]

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