Explaining depreciation to your small business customers

Explaining depreciation to your small business customers

Taxes! Not only do people resent having to pay them, but the whole process can be complicated. There are ways to save money at tax time, but many small business owners become so confused by the explanations that they just do the bare minimum. That’s why it’s always a good idea for small business owners to have their taxes done by their accountant, but it’s also worth explaining to them the basics of how they can save money – for example, through depreciation.

It’s important that a business claims the maximum tax advantage from depreciation. It’s a bit like claiming expenses, only you’re claiming just the depreciation amount, not the total cost of the asset. But there’s more to depreciation than just a tax claim, and business owners should know how to calculate it as well.

Talk them through straight line and declining balance depreciation, and keep it simple enough so they grasp the concept. Emphasize the importance of record keeping. In order to be able to show depreciation of assets, they need to keep proof of purchase, the depreciation claimed, the adjusted tax value of each asset and the tax invoice.

The IRS website has a good section on depreciation that’s well worth your small business owners checking out.

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Glen Senior
Glen Senior

CEO Glen Senior has been helping small businesses start and grow since 1989. Along the way, he has published 6 books on small business development and business planning, created training courses, built e-learning platforms, and developed Microsoft USA’s Small Business Plus program which was delivered into 9 countries.Since 2005 Glen has focused on the banking sector and has built up an extensive knowledge of how banks can engage with the small business segment. He has presented at a number of small business banking conferences and is sought out as an opinion leader in this space.