Sep 2, 2016
The First Question You May Ask Yourself Is Why Doesn’t My Tax Accountant Help Me With Job Costing?
They are Tax Accountants, not Construction
Accountants and may not know the answers. You may think they
are just keeping it a secret. Sometimes you may think they don’t
know what they are doing, and maybe I need to get a new tax
My Advice is Stop, take a deep breath. Is your tax accountant doing a good job with your annual taxes? If the answer is YES. Please keep them, they are doing what they are supposed to do.
Annual taxes is like the game of “Pick Up Sticks” Details are
everywhere, and all need to be gently picked up and placed on your
tax return in a specific order. Not all of the items on the table
are actual tax deductions. Your tax accountant must be up to date
on the latest changes made by Congress and implemented by the
Internal Revenue Service.
Remember a few years ago when Congress made changes went they met in January. Then next the Internal Revenue Service had to determine how those changes applied to the individual pages on the tax return. Those changes then had to be sent to the software engineers to update all of the tax software.
The rule is the first two pages of the annual 1040 are the summary of your tax return. The balance of the pages is supporting documents and worksheets. Congress in a single bill can make decisions that are for the current year (today), future years (tomorrow), and yesterday (as in the example of the year changes were made in January that impacted the prior year’s taxes).
Most tax accountants are “Generalists” which means they have every combination of family structure, with and without children, elderly parents, grown children that moved back home, and friends they are helping out. Do you have health insurance, a qualified plan, non-qualified, State-run plan, or hoping for the best and will pay the No Insurance penalty.
Do you own your home, have a second home, RV or Travel Trailer that qualifies as a second home. What about IRA’s, 401k’s, changed jobs, someone was ill; had to or chose to take an early distribution. What is a tax deduction and What is Not a tax deduction?
Now add your Construction Company to the mix. Is the business a Sole Proprietor, LLC, Sub-Chapter S-Corp, C-Corp, Partnership. Did you take a payroll, Loans to Owner, Loans to Members, Loans to Shareholder (makes a difference when preparing the tax return?
If you are a Sole Prop, LLC being treated as a Sole Prop or a Partnership, then there is an additional form “Self-Employment Tax” which leads to paying quarterly estimated taxes Quarterly to the Internal Revenue Service.
Tax returns are many pages long; gone are the days of the Easy
File. They were the “Good Old Days” when you had a W-2 job, no
house, and no to a zillion and one other questions.
Asking your tax accountant to focus on the details of your business is just TOO Much. By the time your information gets to the tax accountant; their focus in on picking up all the pickup sticks and put them in the proper order to save you money on your taxes.
Job Costing and job profitability is a question about details and good record keeping on the part of the contractor. A wife, spouse, partner, friend with the help of a construction accountant provide Job Costing reports. Without the proper tools, it is a frustrating activity for everyone involved.
The contractor, if you don’t know what job you are on and unable to unwilling to slow down long enough to put a job name on the receipt. Then expecting your others in your life to be able to EASILY (anything can be done) figure out the Job Costing with limited information is unreasonable.
So when the tax accountant tries to keep their expression blank, without rolling their eyes, and gently fobs off your wife, spouse, partner, friend off; they think they have it easy. Tax accountant rolls the numbers all up.
Did you make a profit, Yes or No; determine your depreciation, review your travel, meals and entertainment, other misc. items. Move the numbers over to the personal side which can be much messy. Complete your return and thank you for coming in.
The smart Tax Preparers send you back to your Construction Accountant for more Job Costing details. Hoping you have a better year and a little cleaner, tidier records the next time you meet.
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Randal DeHart | Contractors Accountant
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