Substantiating Business Expenses

Don’t forget to save those receipts

As a business owner, one of the most important things you should do is keep good records. Without them, the IRS may disallow some of the expenses you incur if it chooses your return for a closer look. Maintaining good records should be done throughout the year. Keeping receipts, credit card statements, bank statements, and canceled checks is a must. Set aside a spot in your office for expenses and sort through them periodically. Group similar expenses together and total them. Keep receipts for large purchases, such as equipment or capital improvements, separate because they are reported differently on your tax return. Staying organized will give you a better idea of the expenses you are incurring and what your bottom line will be. An added benefit is that when it comes time to file your tax return, you’ll be more prepared.