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While December is often merry and bright and filled with excitement for the new year, it’s also the end of the tax year. Before you know it, you’ll be sorting through receipts and preparing to file your business’ annual tax return. But don’t panic!

SCORE offers plenty of tax resources for small business owners and freelancers during tax season and all year round.

We’ve compiled some of our favorite articles, webinars and checklists here to help you prepare. Take it one step at a time by reviewing our resources month by month as April 15 approaches. Then you’ll be able to take your lessons and strategies from this tax season into 2018 with confidence.

December

3 Tips to Get Your Small Business Ready for Tax Season
A quick set of reminders for businesses of any type.

How to Choose a Tax Preparer
Every business needs tax help at some point. Use these considerations to find the right tax preparer for you.

Safeguarding Yourself Against Identity Theft and Fraudulent Tax Filings
With online breaches on the rise, learn how to protect your business information this tax season.

January and February

5 Business Deductions You May Be Missing
Watch out for these frequently forgotten tax deductions.

8 Tax Credits Your Business May Be Eligible For
Review these tax credits before you start the tax filing process. You may be missing out!

Understanding Tax Deductions: Mileage
If you or your employees drive for work, you’ll want to stay current on mileage rates.

What Startup Costs Can I Deduct on My Taxes?
If your business is brand new, read up on these deductions you may be able to claim.

Corporation or Partnership Tax Return Preparation Checklist
Use this along with the tax organizer to prepare your filing.

Checklist: Tax Preparations for Freelancers
Tax season can feel overwhelming when you’re preparing alone. This checklist can help.

What Tax Deductions Can a Freelancer Take?
How the structure of your freelance business determines which deductions you can claim.

March, April and beyond

4 Ways to Stay Focused on Taxes All Year
Don’t let tax season sneak up you. Follow these tips to feel more prepared next year.

Important Papers: Which Ones Should I Keep?
Streamline your financial paperwork with this guide.

How to Not Get Audited
Honesty is the best policy, but if the IRS expresses concerns about your tax return, here’s what to do next.

Want to learn more to keep you organized and ready this busy tax season? Attend SCORE’s upcoming live webinar: Easy Tax Planning and Organizing for Small Businesses, presented January 9. These simple tools and tips will make your tax season a little less stressful.

For more advice, ask your SCORE mentor about the best tax resources for your company — so you can focus on your business growth instead!

About the Author(s)

Bridget Weston Pollack

Bridget Weston Pollack is the Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the SCORE Association.

Vice President of Marketing & Communications, SCORE
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