Do you qualify for simplified reporting?

Spouses who operate a business together have a new option for reporting their business income. In the past, husband and wife joint owners were considered a partnership for reporting purposes. New rules, which took effect in 2007, give spouses the option of reporting their business income as two separate sole proprietorships.


Filing as two sole proprietorships reduces the number of returns that are required while reporting the income from the business just as before. The income and expenses from the business are allocated to each spouse based on their respective ownership interest. In most cases, income and expenses are split equally. Each spouse will report their share of the net earnings and pay self-employment tax on the total.

There are a few key points to consider before making this election. First, the spouses must file a joint return. Second, the spouses can be the only owners of the business. Third, each spouse must agree to the treatment as sole proprietorships. And lastly, both spouses must materially participate in the trade or business.

Tax Tips Small Business

  • Automobile Expenses

    Which is better - deducting the standard mileage rate or actual expenses?

    With the increasing cost of gas, it might be a good idea to revisit which tax deduction is the most beneficial - claiming 54 cents per mile or your actual vehicle expenses. Claiming the standard mileage rate is easier. All you have to do is keep track of your business miles and multiply them by the current rate. In addition to the standard mileage rate, you may also deduct the costs for parking and tolls. Plus, if you are self-employed, you can deduct the interest paid on your car loan.

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Small Business Quick Tip

  • Business Credit Card

    Use your credit card to buy equipment and supplies that you will need in the upcoming year. Charges on your credit card for deductible business expenses are allowed in the year you make the purchase, not in the year the charge is paid. Pay off your credit card after the beginning of the year and avoid finance charges.
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Tax Tips Personal

  • Money for College

    Are scholarships taxable?

    Many college students receive scholarships or fellowships to help pay for their education. If you are in college and received a scholarship or fellowship grant, there are a few key points to keep in mind. Qualified scholarships and fellowships are treated as tax-free and not included in taxable income if all of the following conditions are met:

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Personal Quick Tip

  • Organized Appointment

    Go to your tax appointment well organized. Have all your income statements such as W-2s and 1099s separate from your expenses. Make sure you have all the proper social security numbers for dependents, as well as their names as they appear on their social security card. Careful organization will save you time come tax season.