Starting a Business?

Starting a Business?

Starting a business can be an overwhelming process, and no matter how successful you just know you’re bound to be, it may be necessary – and it’s always a good idea, anyway – to get some help from an accountant or bookkeeper; tax preparer or tax planner.
Dunham Tax Professionals can be a critical component in the success of your new business

Did you know that an accountant can and does:

  • Form your business
  • Help write a business plan
  • Audit your cash flow
  • Find cost-cutting opportunities
  • Advise on business strategy
  • Manage debt
  • Chase down payments
  • Write and submit loan applications
  • Plan budgets
  • Set up your accounting software
  • Manage inventory
  • Recommend business tools
  • Help open new bank accounts
  • Oversee payroll
  • Year-end financial reporting
  • Prevent audits
  • Advise on personal finances

A bookkeeper can and does:

  • Reconcile accounts
  • Record transactions
  • Manage accounts receivable and accounts payable
  • Adjust entries
  • Prepare financial statements
  • Send invoices
  • Set up and manage technology and tools
  • Stay up to date on laws and regulations
  • Basic payroll

Moreover, a Tax Preparer and Planner can and does:

  • Answer your questions
  • Look over your returns
  • Find deductions that apply to you
  • File your taxes
  • Prepare and submit your documents
  • Be there for you

Contact Dunham Tax Professionals or make an appointment today, to work together to determine your business needs.  Let us focus on what we’re good at so that you can focus on what you’re good at: Keeping your business going.

Want to start your own transport company?

Want to start your own transport company?

Are you a prospective owner-operator looking to start a trucking company? It’s certainly a lucrative field: 70% of all freight in the United States is currently transported by the trucking industry, and a 27% growth is expected within the next decade. It’s also noteworthy that 91% of trucking companies operate six or fewer trucks, meaning the industry is dominated by small carriers.

So, it seems possible, but how do you get started?

The simplest answer in business – really any business – is if you don’t understand something, surround yourself with the people who do.

Dunham Tax Professionals is here for the potential owner operator. We can and will assist you every step of the way as we guide you through:

  • Writing A Business Plan – Get organized, articulate your goals, and identify your value proposition.
  • Legally Establish your Company – Establishing a Limited Liability Company or LLC – which requires an Employer Identification Number or EIN – sets an important boundary between your business assets and your personal accounts. With this comes a unique set of tax requirements and advantages. (Dunham Tax Professionals will assist you with details specific to your business structure as well as establishing an EIN.)
  • Obtain Necessary Business Licenses and Permits – Most state, county, and local governments require companies to have the right licenses and permits in place before they open their doors. There are more than 150,000 filing jurisdictions across the country, all with independent requirements. Depending on your service and where you operate your trucking company, any number of licenses and permits may apply to your business, and Dunham Tax Professionals is here to help you cut through and understand all of it.
  • Buy or Lease Equipment – The proper equipment can make the difference between success and failure, e.g., do you require refrigeration; what weight do you need; do you buy or lease?
  • Appropriate Insurance – As an owner-operator you will need to obtain business insurance for your new trucking company, e.g., primary liability insurance; cargo insurance; physical damage; passenger accident.
  • Understanding and Tracking Income and Expenses – As always, the importance of accurate bookkeeping cannot be overstated. For the OTR transporter, it may be common that payments are often received weeks or months after delivery, and it can be difficult to track expenditures.
  • Stay in Compliance – Owning and operating a business means staying up to date on time-sensitive filing requirements, ranging from quarterly tax returns to multi-year renewals for CDLs. Failure to keep up with these requirements can result in loss of good standing or significant penalties. Dunham Tax Professionals will always ensure your LLC complies with everything as it should.

So, if you’re ready to start your own transport company, make an appointment with Dunham Tax Professionals to help you with everything you need to get on the road to success today.

Starting a Business

Starting a Business

Are you starting a small business?  How do you go about it?  Well, you may be surprised when it’s advisable to hire a tax professional to help you: There are good reasons for hiring a tax professional at different stages of your company’s growth. From a business plan to company formation, loan application to tax audit, a tax professional can make life easier for you at each step.

That doesn’t mean you always need to employ a tax professional full-time or hire one on a retainer basis. Sometimes just a couple of hours of their time will be enough.

Like all small business owners who are looking to save money, you may think you can’t afford a tax professional. But look at how long it would take you to do certain tasks (such as taxes), and ask yourself, is that a good use of your time?
A tax professional can help you draft your initial business plan; advise you on your companies legal structure, as well as help you with contract negotiation.

Tax professionals can help you out during every stage of your company’s development. That doesn’t mean you have to hire one, but the right tax professional should make life easier for you, so you can concentrate on what you love doing.

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