In 2017 the corporate tax rate was 35 percent, but most American companies paid far less than that. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act created a single flat rate of 21 percent, but even that number is higher than studies indicate corporations are paying. What corporations actually pay, their effective tax rate, is estimated to be between 13 and 19 percent for federal taxes, based on multiple studies. That effective tax rate is far lower than the rate many other small businesses pay every year. The tax code is full of opportunities for businesses to save money — if they know how to leverage the tax law for their benefit. The problem is that most tax preparers are concerned only with what they see in the rearview window, without being able to look forward. Strategic tax planning from Financial Gravity gives business owners of any size the tools to legally paying less in taxes.
Facebook has been able to boast about many accomplishments, from their acquisition of virtual reality technology company Oculus VR, Inc., to the first time they hosted over one billion users in one day. For the company, it’s likely none of these accomplishments will be as well regarded as one related to their finances. In 2016 Facebook anticipated that their effective tax rate would fall from 40 percent to about 27 percent for the year. With the federal corporate tax rate at 35 percent at the time, this rate would have been considerably lower. Facebook serves as just one example of how large corporations use a strategic tax plan to lower their taxes, saving thousands of dollars every year. How did Facebook, along with other major companies, pay a tax rate lower than your business? The answer is strategic tax planning.
How Do They Do It? Facebook Paid a Lower Tax Rate Than Your Business
Effective Tax Rates
It’s natural that as companies begin to make more money they start thinking more carefully about their taxes. It’s one reason why major corporations employ teams of experts that work together to take advantage of every tax-reduction strategy allowed by the tax code.
While Facebook has declined to comment on the exact strategies used to lower its tax rate, the effective tax rate reported by companies to the SEC is often higher than what the company actually pays. This means, of course, that the 27 percent effective tax rate Facebook expected to pay might be higher than what they actually paid. Some tax experts have estimated that when Facebook was reporting a 40 percent tax rate, they were likely playing closer to 13 percent.
Strategic Tax Planning
Facebook is hardly the only major U.S. company that works to find ways to lower its tax rate. A vast number of companies on the S&P 500 had an effective tax rate of 20 percent or lower, and at least a few of the companies paid essentially zero in taxes. In fact, many of the tax strategies that Facebook and other large companies used have become commonplace among corporations of their size. Just because the big companies use them, however, doesn’t mean these strategies aren’t available to smaller companies.
Facebook being able to lower their effective tax rate is impressive, but it’s not impossible for smaller companies to replicate. It all starts with a strategic tax reduction plan — the Tax Blueprint® from Financial Gravity.
Businesses of all sizes should think of a strategic tax plan as standard operating procedure. This is a business fundamental that far too many businesses are lacking. Businesses want to maximize money coming in, of course, as well as minimize money going out. The easiest way to increase profit is to cut unnecessary expenses, such as overpaying taxes. Strategic tax planning helps you keep more of the money you make.
Make The Tax Code Work For You
It might sound dramatic, but a Tax Blueprint® could change your life. Saving thousands of dollars in taxes every year means more capital that you can put back into growing your business. That additional business growth could be what you need to change the trajectory of your business. Every minute you wait to implement your strategic tax plan means more of your hard-earned money is draining away, being overpaid in taxes you don’t legally, ethically, or morally owe. A quick, free assessment is all it takes to start your Tax Blueprint® process.
Companies like Facebook know how to make the tax code work for them rather than against them. We use the IRS Tax Code comprehensively to ensure you pay only what you must. With your Tax Blueprint in hand, you’ll see exactly how the tax code can work for you and your specific business. Each and every tax-reduction strategy we employ in your Tax Blueprint is sourced and referenced directly by the IRS Tax Code. You’ll see firsthand that every strategy is legal, ethical, and moral. With your implementation plans highlighted and summarized, you can be confident that the savings are real.
Maintaining Your Strategic Tax Plan
Beyond your Tax Blueprint, Financial Gravity can help you implement and maintain your strategic tax plan through our Tax Operating System®. Designed to fit any budget and circumstance, our suite of solutions help you save money via strategic tax reduction. Additionally, you can count on access to our advisors, annual tax-planning assistance, ongoing newsletter, and educational materials.
The truth is that you are likely paying too much in taxes, perhaps thousands more than the law requires. Even if you employ a CPA, many do not know how to take advantage of this level of tax planning because they weren’t trained to do so. To leverage the benefits of the tax code, you need to be proactive and you need to have a plan. Through our Tax Blueprint®, Financial Gravity can provide you with a clear, proactive, strategic tax plan that is customized to your business. Contact us today to schedule your free assessment!
Before the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the top corporate rate for taxes was 35 percent. This rate was one of the world’s highest federal tax rates, which makes it no surprise that GOP lawmakers made lowering overall taxes a priority. While the new law lowers taxes overall, its main focus is on cutting corporate taxes. After the new tax law, there is a single flat rate of 21 percent. Even with corporate tax rates set, America’s biggest companies employ strategies that enable them to pay a lower tax rate. Strategic tax planning isn’t only for large corporations; businesses of any size can navigate the tax code to legally, ethically, and morally pay less taxes.
There is a common misperception that strategic tax planning is reserved for the ultra-wealthy, a luxury that only they could afford—but nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, that whole idea that strategic tax planning is only for big companies is a tax myth. While it is true that big companies can afford a slew of lawyers all sitting around a table, brainstorming ways to pay less taxes, small business owners can get the same benefits.
The good news is that the new tax law, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, includes lower tax brackets and a near doubling of the standard deduction. However, there is also much uncertainty looming regarding the new tax law, as several provisions within the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) remain unclear. Changes to income, confusion regarding itemized deductions for state and local taxes, and other unclear provisions have already caused some taxpayers complications. The new tax law makes strategic tax planning for 2018 more important than ever.
Paying your taxes isn’t something that is optional, but one area where you do have a choice is how you decide to approach your tax deductions. After determining your total income, adding up all the sources of income and subtracting any adjustments to income, you will need to decide which deduction option to choose.
Business taxes don’t happen just once a year, and neither should strategic tax planning. Everyone likes to save money, and you could start saving right away with a Tax Blueprint® from Financial Gravity. Think of your taxes like an illness. You wouldn’t wait to go to the doctor if you were sick, so why are you waiting to start your strategic tax reduction planning?
Now is the Time for Strategic Tax Reduction Planning
Your cure starts with a diagnosis from a Financial Gravity team member to discover what’s causing your tax pain. From there we can create your strategic tax plan, in effect filling your prescription and making a plan to relieve your pain. Once you have your diagnosis, your Tax Blueprint®, we can implement changes that will save you money. The tax code is long, complicated, and overall, not a fun thing to read. Strategic tax planning could be the step you need to take in order to save money in taxes every year.
Proactive Tax Planning
Are you confident that you are taking advantage of every tax break available? The majority of CPAs do not do any proactive training, in fact, most work in reverse. They work historically, completing tax returns that only reflect where you have been, instead of where you want to be going. If you are only looking behind you, then you aren’t planning for the future.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to strategic tax planning, which is why the Tax Blueprint® from Financial Gravity is customized specifically to you and your business. The easiest way to increase the profit for your business is to minimize the money going out, ensuring that you aren’t spending any money unnecessarily. While some taxes are necessary, it’s likely that your business is paying more than what is legally, ethically, or morally required, simply because most tax advisors aren’t trained to think proactively. The good news is that you don’t need to wait to start realizing these savings. Every minute you wait means more of hard earned money spent overpaying taxes.
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For most small business owners, taxes are your single biggest expense. That expense is likely to only grow bigger if you don’t have a sound strategic tax plan in place. If your current accountant, bookkeeper, or tax preparer has not given you at least one idea that saves you a minimum of $1000 in taxes every year, then now is the time for strategic tax reduction planning from Financial Gravity.
We offer strategies that can be implemented right away, from writing off your swimming pool, renting your house to yourself, or hiring your own children. These are surprisingly simple strategies that small business owners can legally use to reduce their taxes. Some strategies will serve you better when you reach a certain threshold, but that’s exactly why your Tax Blueprint® is created specifically for your business. All business owners need a solid strategic tax plan, and we can start working with business owners in their first year of business.
Following our strategies will save you money without increasing your risk for audit. When you receive your Tax Blueprint® you will see every tax reduction strategy we employ sourced and referenced directly to the IRS Tax Code. Along with the tax savings, you will also see implementation plans that are highlighted and summarized so you can be confident that the savings are real and the strategies are legal, ethical, and moral.
Business owners are told a lot of myths surrounding taxes, myths that could be holding them back from bigger business growth. We separate the wheat from the chaff, breaking down the myths that could be sabotaging your business. A Strategic Tax Plan is a true “business fundamental,” and odds are you don’t have one.
Note Changes in Tax Law
The tax code exists to help you pay less in taxes, but you have to know how to utilize it. That’s where strategic tax reduction planning from Financial Gravity comes in. We comprehensively use the IRS Tax Code to ensure you only pay what you must. When you sign up for our Tax Blueprint® you receive a strategic tax reduction plan that is customized specifically to you and your business. The sources of tax savings, directly from the IRS Code, are summarized in your plan so you can be confident that the savings are real.
Don’t procrastinate your strategic tax reduction planning. Start planning now to see the maximum tax benefits. Financial Gravity knows that to leverage the benefits of the tax code you have to be proactive. Contact us today to get your own strategic tax plan and see why it is truly a business fundamental!
The concept of taxes seems like a pretty easy thing to explain, except when you start looking at it more closely. A ‘tax’ is money that the government collects within its borders in order to pay for everything that government does. Americans work for money, their income, and the government takes a portion of that income as tax. That should be simple, but what counts as income? How much income you make directly impacts how much you pay in taxes, so it’s important to know what the government qualifies as income. It’s time to understand how our tax system really works when it comes to taxable income and adjustments to income.
Football fans will probably recognize the saying “offense sells tickets; defense wins championships.” In the game of finance, offense is the ability to make more money while defense is all about how money is managed. So the question is, in the game of finance, does offense or defense matter more? Turns out that to win football championships, as well as finance, you need to be good at both offense and defense. Much like football, if you want to increase the money your business makes, as well as learn how to keep it, you have to know the rules, have a strategy and play both offense and defense to win your financial game.
Retirement Accounts vs. Retirement Plans: How do they differ? On the surface, individual retirement accounts and qualified retirement plans are both trying to help you get to the same place, retirement security. While both retirement accounts and retirement plans are there to help you plan for the future, these two vehicles run remarkably differently. Retirement accounts are not the same as retirement plans, as they differ in tax treatment, investment options, and possible employer contributions. So how does a person choose?
While it is possible to contribute to both, you can’t do it with the same dollars. It’s important to understand your retirement savings options and consider their long-term implications. Think about your money in three groups: what you make, what you grow, and what you distribute. Saving money is vital to a happy retirement, and you want to make sure your retirement strategy will give you the results you desire. Here are the major differences between retirement accounts vs. retirement plans.
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