Tax Information for Businesses

If you run a small business or are self-employed, the IRS offers a wide variety of information to help you.
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html

Overview
Getting Started
Forms and Publications
Electronic Filing
Employees
Learning Center
Small Business Resources
Abusive Tax Schemes
Resources for Specific Communities

Overview

Starting, Operating or Closing a Business:  Whether you are a budding entrepreneur, or an established business owner, you will find everything you need to start and manage your business venture. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=110417,00.html

Business Taxes: The form of business you operate determines what taxes you must pay and how you pay them. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98966,00.html
 


Getting Started

Tax Information for Businesses: If you run a small business or are self-employed, the IRS web site offers a wide variety of information to help you. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/index.html

Checklist for Starting a Business.  This checklist provides the basic steps you should follow to start a business.
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98810,00.html

Business Structures.  When beginning a business, you must decide what structure to use. Legal and tax considerations enter into this decision. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98359,00.html

Employer ID Numbers (EINs):  An Employer Identification Number (EIN) is also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number, and is used to identify a business entity. Generally, businesses need an EIN. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98350,00.html

Online Application - Form SS-4, Employer Identification Number (EIN):  Apply online for the Employer Identification Number (EIN), also known as a Federal Tax Identification Number. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=102767,00.html


IRS Forms and Publications

 

Forms and Publications:  Need an IRS form or publication? http://www.irs.gov/formspubs/index.html
 

 

Electronic Filing

e-file for Business and Self-Employed Taxpayers:  The IRS offers several electronic filing options designed specifically for the business filer. There are several ways you may choose to participate in the IRS e-file for Business programs. http://www.irs.gov/efile/article/0,,id=118520,00.html

Electronic Federal Tax Payments (EFTPS):  Businesses and individuals can use the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System to pay all their federal taxes electronically, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, via the phone, personal computer (PC) software or the Internet.  Visit the EFTPS web site for all the latest information! Or visit the Department of Treasury’s Financial Management Services web page on EFTPS. http://www.eftps.gov/


Employees

 Information about hiring, recordkeeping, and other topics for business owners with employees.
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=98862,00.html

 

Independent Contractors vs. Employees:  Before you can determine how to treat payments you make for services, you must first know the business relationship that exists between you and the person performing the services.
http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=99921,00.html

 

Employment Taxes for Small Business:  If you have employees, you are responsible for Federal Income Tax Withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes and Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA). http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/content/0,,id=98942,00.html

IRS Withholding Calculator:  This easy-to-use calculator can help you figure your employees’ Federal Income Tax Withholding so you can withhold the correct amount from their pay. http://www.irs.gov/individuals/article/0,,id=96196,00.html

Retirement Plans for Small Businesses:  Are you looking for information on employee retirement plans in order to provide better service to all your employees? http://www.irs.gov/retirement/content/0,,id=97203,00.html


Learning Center

On-Line Classroom:  View a streaming video of an IRS Small Business Workshop, take an IRS course or complete an online self-directed version of a workshop taught live around the country. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=97726,00.html

Small Business Tax Workshops:  Throughout the country various non-profit and government organizations offer small business workshops. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=99202,00.html


Small Business Resources

 

This section offers links to a broad range of resources across federal and state agencies. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/content/0,,id=98864,00.html

Small Business Products Online Ordering:  Looking for a tool to help you meet your tax requirements? Choose from our free products, developed especially for the Small Business/Self-Employed person, and obtain updated information on existing products. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=101169,00.html

 
Abusive Tax Schemes

Tax Scams - How to Recognize and Avoid Them:  To help the public recognize and avoid abusive tax schemes, the IRS offers an abundance of educational materials. Participating in illegal schemes to avoid paying taxes can result in imprisonment and fines, as well as the repayment of taxes owed with penalties and interest. Education is the best way to avoid the pitfalls of these "too good to be true" tax scams. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/article/0,,id=106788,00.html


Resources for Specific Communities


Industries/Professions:  Specific tax information for Agriculture, Automotive, Construction, Entertainment, Fishing, Gas Retailers, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Restaurants, Tax Professionals, and other industries. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small/industries/index.html

 

Tax Information for International Businesses: This section provides information on international taxes. http://www.irs.gov/businesses/international/index.html

 

Tax Information for Tax Professionals: This section provides information for tax practitioners and other tax professionals. http://www.irs.gov/taxpros/index.html

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