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9/21/2016

4 Autumn Tax Tips for Small Business Owners

The first day of Fall officially starts tomorrow, and as the weather cools down and the days gradually become shorter, we’ll all be at the end of the year before long. It’s typical for small business owners to wait until December or January to review their financial situations for the upcoming tax season.

But why wait - why not get a jump start right now and have an easier time filing later? You could improve your tax situation or even find ways to reduce your tax bill. Here are a few tax tips you should think about this season.

Become More Organized
Don’t get caught this tax season having to backtrack and dig through old receipts and financial statements. Only you know how hectic your holiday season and end of the year gets. By taking the time you have now to get organized, you can have your paperwork and information quickly accessible when you need it most.

Got Money? Spend It!
Now, this isn’t a pass to go crazy on unnecessary shopping sprees, but to strategically max out your deductions on business expenses. Look for any equipment that needs an upgrade or business operations, like advertising, which you could invest more into - pay out vendors instead of waiting until next year. If you can do it now, then take the advantage.

Pile Your Deductions

Along with general business expenses, you can also include travel, home office, or even entertainment expenses to deduct from your tax bill. Keep a detailed account on any activities that are strictly related to conducting business - you can even add your company’s upcoming holiday party to the list.

Lower End of Year Revenue
While this may go against every rule of progressive growth, the goal is to keep your tax bill as low as you’re willing to make it. Check for any accounts receivable as early as November, and see if it’s possible to defer payments until after the new year. That way, taxes from the late income are excluded from your tax liability for the filing year.

Always check with your local tax professional about your financial situation before changing your tax preparation. If the tax season arrives, and you happen to need more filing time, then see us at ExpressExtension.com. You won’t even need a desktop computer - download our FREE mobile apps and quickly e-file extensions for large or small organizations from your favorite iOS or Android device.

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9/19/2016

Smart E-filing with ExpressExtension Mobile Apps

Life moves fast - especially during tax season when we’re all racing to file before the IRS deadline.

Between getting all your financial statements in order, possibly meeting with tax professionals, and other daily responsibilities, why constrict yourself to only a desktop computer to e-file a tax extension?

Break loose from desktop restrictions and enjoy secure e-filing from any location with our FREE downloadable mobile apps for business, personal, and exempt organization extensions!

Freedom with Mobile E-filing
It doesn’t matter who you are or where you are, as long as your mobile device has a stable connection, you can e-file quickly and securely with the IRS. With each of our mobile apps, you can conveniently access these time-saving features:
  • Complete and transmit tax extensions within minutes
  • Re-transmit any rejected extensions for FREE
  • View, download, or email copies of your approved tax extension
  • E-file multiple extensions from one account, if applicable
  • Get real-time email notifications for accepted and rejected extensions

ExpressExtension Mobile Apps
We offer a variety of tax extensions depending on which form you need; you can find our downloadable apps designed for your favorite brand name mobile devices.
  • Express 7004 App - E-file IRS Form 7004 for large businesses and get up to six months of extra filing time. All you need is your company name, address, tax identification number, and an estimate of what you may owe to the IRS. Download it for both iOS and Android handsets.
  • Express 4868 App - Transmit IRS Form 4868 and get an extra six months towards filing personal and small business taxes; it requires only basic personal information, and you can even e-file a joint extension. Available for iOS/Android devices.
  • ExpressTaxExempt - Form 8868 App - Submit IRS Form 8868 and receive an extension up to six months for nonprofits, charities, and other exempt organizations. You’ll need to know your basic organization details and tax year period. Get it for iOS or Android phones and tablets.

It's important to remember that extensions only increase your time to file - not the time to pay any tax amounts. There are also other tax extension guidelines, such as filing before the original IRS due date, that apply. Our U.S. - based, e-file experts are available to assist with the e-filing process - call us at 803.514.5155, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. We’re also available via email with support@ExpressExtension.com.


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9/14/2016

Extended IRS Deadline for Businesses Ends Tomorrow

If you e-filed IRS Form 7004 earlier this year for your business, then you have until the end of tomorrow to file your actual tax return - failing to file by the due date can cost you penalty fees up to 25% of your unpaid taxes.

There are no extra extensions after tomorrow, so you’ll need to either file on time or as soon as possible to keep IRS penalties at a minimum. If you plan on filing an extension next year, here’s some valuable information about the business tax extension.

IRS Form 7004
The tax extension, Form 7004, is used for Multi-Member LLCs, C-Corporations, S-Corporations, Partnerships, Trusts, and Estates. You are responsible for filing the form before the original IRS deadline of March 15. Based on your type of business, you can get approved for a 5 or 6-month extension - for example, specific partnerships, trusts, and estates are only eligible for extensions up to five months.

E-filing Form 7004
To successfully e-file your tax extension, you’ll need your business name, address, and tax identification number - this information should match what the IRS already has on file for your business.

If you think you owe the IRS money, you’ll also need to estimate what your tax payment will be for the filing year. You can typically use the amount you may have paid last year, but make your guess as accurate as possible.

IRS Penalties
Any attempts to e-file IRS Form 7004 after the March 15 deadline typically ends with rejection - not to mention the task of filing your tax return as quickly as you can or else pay the following late fees:
  • 5% of your unpaid business taxes for each month or part of the month your return is late - up to 25% of unpaid taxes.
For returns that are more than 60 days late, the fee jumps to 100% of your unpaid taxes or a minimum charge of $135 each month or part of the month you have a late form.

With ExpressExtension.com, you can quickly and easily e-file your Form 7004 and get approved in minutes. We update you about your e-filing status every step of the way via real-time email notifications. If you receive a rejected extension because of an information error, you can make corrections and re-transmit your form at no extra charge.

E-filing extension forms are made simple with our services; however, feel free to contact our U.S. - based support team for questions or help with the process. You can call us at 803.514.5155, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST or email us at support@ExpressExtension.com.


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9/12/2016

Year-Round Tax Tips for Small Businesses

For small businesses or startups, tax season can be a stressful time of the year. Even with the help of attorneys or accountants, most large and more established corporations don’t breeze through tax returns completely worry-free.

It isn’t all bad news, though - as a small business owner, or taxpayer in general, you can create a situation where your tax season isn’t so demanding. All it takes is becoming a bit more organized and knowing what to look for when reporting to the IRS.

Here are a few things experts say small businesses should think about throughout the year to be more prepared to file tax returns.

Keep Proper Records
Nothing wastes more time during tax season than having to search through folders of endless receipts and bank statements. There are accounting and tax preparation software available that can organize and guard your financial records - they can even link to various bank accounts.

Make an effort to enter your financial reports as soon as you receive them throughout the year. That way, all your information is conveniently ready come tax season instead of searching and entering a year’s worth of documentation at one time.

Retain Prior Federal Returns
Along with correctly storing records for your current tax year, you can also benefit from keeping a record of past tax returns. Experts state that reviewing prior filings with an accountant or tax professional can help you plan for the future of your business - not to mention having an easier time completing your current year return by knowing what you reported last year.

Categorize Your Employees and Contractors
The IRS and other tax officials carefully look at how your workers are classified. If you violate those categories, it could cost you thousands of dollars in fees and even possible litigation. Make sure your workers who are employees receive their W-2s and freelancers get their 1099s, you can quickly and easily e-file and mail these forms with our sister site, ExpressIRSForms.com.

Deduct Your Home Office or Business Car
Even though there are strict rules from the IRS about claiming a home office deduction, it isn’t impossible or quite difficult - basically, your space needs to be solely for business purposes, and the amount you claim depends on the size of your work space. You can learn more about this tax cut with our helpful, easy-read blog: Home Office Deductions

With vehicles, the IRS understands that cars can shift from personal to business use as quick as shifting gears. You’ll need to keep a detailed account of how many miles you drove each time for business and calculate your deduction from that amount.

There’s far more you can do for your small business to be ready for tax season, so check with your local tax advisor about your options. And even with all this preparation, if you need more time to file, visit us at ExpressExtension.com and e-file the proper tax extension to receive up to six months of extra filing time.

If you have any questions or need help with the e-filing process, give our U.S. - based support team a call at 803.514.5155, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. We also offer email assistance with support@ExpressExtension.com.



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9/07/2016

Never Too Early to Jump Start Your Tax Season

Even though we’re in the last few months of 2016, that doesn’t mean you have to become slack with tax preparation. As this year gradually comes to an end, a new year soon begins - and with it, comes another tax filing season.

To prevent any last minute filing scenarios, and the fear of IRS penalties, you can start preparing for next year’s taxes right now. An awesome way to cover yourself from a tax season nightmare is to file a tax extension at the first sign of needing more time or just to be extra safe.

E-filing an extension is quick, easy, and you can get approved in minutes with ExpressExtension.com. With our service, we got your back with the following IRS tax extension forms:

IRS Form 4868

For those of you who may need more time for personal taxes, this extension is for IRS Form 1040 - Federal Income Tax Returns and includes Single-Member LLCs, sole proprietorships, and independent contractors. The extension form must be e-filed by April 15, and it extends your deadline to October 15. A written reason for the extension isn’t required, but you’ll need to provide your name, address, and Social Security - you can even file jointly if necessary.

IRS Form 7004
If you’re running big businesses, you can e-file this extension for Multi-Member LLCs, C-Corporations, S-Corporations, Trusts, Estates, and Partnerships. The deadline for this form is March 15 and can extend your filing date to either five or six months depending on your business type. You’re required to supply your business name, address, and tax identification number to properly file.

IRS Form 8809
Having numerous employees or contractors can be great for productivity, but an extreme hassle during tax season - especially since IRS information returns are due soon after the start of the new year. Use this form to get more time filing your workers’ 1099s, W-2s, and ACA forms to the IRS. You’ll only receive a 30-day extension; hopefully, you’re not too far behind!

IRS Form 8868

Need more time to file for your nonprofit, charity, or exempt organization? You can e-file this 2-part extension form to get up to six months of extra time - Part 1 grants an automatic 3-month extension while Part 2 gives an additional, non-automatic 3-month extension.

The IRS has to approve your Part 1 before you can e-file Part 2 - the second part also asks for an explanation for the additional time. Your first extension form is due by your organization’s original filing date while submitting the other by the extended deadline.

With ExpressExtension.com, you can complete and transmit each of these forms in minutes. You’ll also receive an email confirmation of approval and a printable copy of your extension form for your records. If you happen to get a rejected form because of errors, you can edit them and re-transmit at no extra charge.

Get friendly, e-filing assistance with our U.S. - based, customer support team. We’re available at 803.514.5155, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST or send a message 24/7 with support@ExpressExtension.com.


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8/31/2016

4 Productivity Tips to Beat the Summertime Slump

Even though the kids are heading back to school, and the preseason games have started for all you football fans, the summertime isn’t quite over yet.

Many of you may find the last few weeks of Summer distracting - the mid-day crowds are disappearing, and people returning to their post-Summer routines.

For those of you with startups or small businesses, this could lead to extra time on your hands - time you can use to enjoy the last bit summer weather without the masses. While it’s completely fine to feel this way, you should also make sure your work doesn’t fall behind.

Nothing is more important to a small business than productivity. Here are few tips you can use to remain on top of your work and still enjoy these last, fleeting days of Summer.

Start Work Early
A morning routine helps your mind become focused earlier in the day. You could schedule your meetings with clients or employees during the morning hours - be sure to keep them on time. Based on how early you start your day and how much you have to do, you could find yourself with more tasks accomplished before noon.

Take a Break
Sometimes the urge to be outside the office is too high. No matter what you do, your mind just isn’t focused on work and time is wasted. In this situation, just go outside. Give yourself a reasonable amount of time to just be out the office - get something to eat, enjoy the weather, or even work while outside. When you get done doing what you want to do, it’s a bit easier to concentrate on what you need to do.

Work Ahead of Schedule
If you’re finishing up early on a day you really can’t enjoy, due to rain, extreme heat, or whatever, continue with what you have planned for tomorrow or even the rest of the week. Completing assignments in advance can free up time on days you want to enjoy. At the very least, it’ll keep projects on schedule if anything unexpected happens.

Be Mindful of Your Team
It’s a bit frown upon just taking care of yourself and leaving your team to struggle. If you plan on finishing and leaving early, you should understand your team has that option too. You can’t expect them to do more work you’re not willing to do yourself. Before you set yourself up to make the most of the end of Summer, make sure your team is covered and can take off early too if necessary.

While you're enjoying your time away from the office, don’t forget you can casually e-file a tax extension for your small business with ExpressExtension.com. With our FREE downloadable mobile apps, you can transmit extension forms for your startup or large corporation and get approved in minutes - e-file at your leisure from your favorite iOS or Android device.

Our U.S. - based, e-file experts can help at any point during the e-filing process. Feel free to call us at 803.514.5155, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. You can also reach us night or day with support@ExpressExtension.com.


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8/29/2016

5 Tips About E-filing Tax Extensions

There’s nothing quite like having extra time to accomplish something - especially if unexpected circumstances prevents your progress. Life happens, even in tax season, and you aren’t able to e-file before the IRS deadline.

No need to panic or lose your cool - there are tax extensions available for such occasions, which can grant you up to six months of extra filing time.

While it may be a bit late at this point to e-file extensions for business, personal, or exempt organization returns, you can still take advantage during the next tax season. Here are a few tips about e-filing tax extensions.

Tip #1 - E-file Extensions Before the IRS Deadline
Your extension is due on the same day as your actual tax return. You can e-file it anytime before that date, and your extended time will still begin after the original IRS deadline. But if you try to e-file after your due date, the IRS will more than likely reject your late request.

Tip #2 - Pay Tax Liabilities On Time
Tax extensions can only increase your time to file - it does not extend the time you have to pay taxes owed to the IRS. If you owe the IRS money, you are still required to pay that amount before the original due date - you can pay your taxes through postal mail, online methods, or fund withdrawals.

Tip #3 - Submit Accurate Information
Even if you e-file your extension before the deadline, the IRS can still reject it if the information doesn’t match what they already have. Double check for any mistakes with your name, address, organization’s name, employer identification number, or social security number before you transmit - a rejected extension can lead to late filing penalties.

Tip #4 - File a State Extension if Necessary
In some cases, you may need to file an extension with your state along with the federal government. Some states may have automatic extensions available without asking while others need a formal request - each one could also have unique filing requirements. Check with your state’s tax authority website for more about state filings.

Tip #5 - File Your Tax Return by the Extended Deadline
Don’t forget that you are still responsible for filing your actual tax return with the IRS. If you wait until the last minute this time or file after your extended due date, you’ll incur IRS penalties that can quickly reach thousands of dollars.

Tax extensions are great to have during a turbulent tax season, and with ExpressExtension.com, you can have your form sent and accepted in minutes. If you have any questions about your extension e-filings, contact our U.S. - based, customer support team at 803.514.5155, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. We’re also available 24/7 with support@ExpressExtension.com.


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8/24/2016

Avoid Additional Penalties! Pay Your Tax Bill Before Summer Ends!

You may have gotten your tax extension e-filed on time, but that doesn’t mean you should take things too easy - especially if you owe the IRS money. The biggest mistake taxpayers make with extension forms is thinking it extends everything regarding their taxes.

The truth is that extension forms can only prolong the time to file your actual tax return - nothing more, nothing less.

If you have any tax liabilities, you must pay your tax bill before the original IRS deadline. For those of you who haven’t paid yet, here are six easy ways from the IRS to settle your bill.

Reply to the IRS
The IRS typically sends out postal notifications if you happen to owe them money - you should read it carefully and follow its instructions. If the IRS needs you to respond verbally to the notice, the letter will explicitly say so. If you believe that the notice is an error, you have the right to contact them about it. Under normal circumstances, you file the notice in your records and proceed to pay your tax bill.

Pay Taxes Online
There are various electronic payment methods, which you can pay your taxes quickly, accurately, and securely with the IRS - you’ll also receive a payment receipt. These methods include
Important: You can use the IRS Direct Pay and EFTPS for free; however, there are processing fees involved with using credit or debit cards for payment.

Apply for a Payment Plan
If you can’t pay your tax bill all at once, then consider applying for an installment agreement. You can either submit an Online Payment Agreement Application or file IRS Form 9465 - both are available for download or print at the IRS website.

Create a Direct Debit Plan
One of those installment agreements includes a low-cost direct debit plan. With this type of contract, you can set up a day each month to automatically pay the IRS directly from your bank account. It’s cost about $52 to set up the plan, but it gets rid of continuous reminders and prevents missed payments.

Pay Physically by Check or Money Order
You can write a check or money order payable to the U.S. Treasury - make sure to include the following information:
  • Name, Address, and Daytime Phone Number
  • Social Security Number or Employer ID Number
  • Tax Period and Related Tax Form (e.g., “2015 Form 1040”)
Send your payment to the address listed on your notice - do not send any cash through the mail.

Get an Offer in Compromise
If paying your tax bill in full creates an additional financial hardship, you may be eligible for an Offer in Compromise (OIC), which allows you to pay the IRS less than what you owe. Not everyone will qualify, but you can use the Offer in Compromise Pre-Qualifier Tool to see if you meet requirements.

As Summer begins to come to close, why not end the season with the IRS paid in full? With ExpressExtension.com, you can even use our Electronic Funds Withdrawal (EFW) option to pay estimated taxes with your checking or savings account information.

Our U.S. - based, e-file professionals are available for any questions or assistance with tax extensions. Give us a call at 803.514.5155, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST or email us with support@ExpressExtension.com.


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8/22/2016

Beat IRS Filing Deadlines! Know Your Electronic Postmark

For many of us, every tax season seems like a race against time to get either tax returns or extensions to the IRS. We either play it extremely safe and e-file weeks in advance or take our chances waiting until the last minute.

In either case, we force ourselves to complete as much as possible at one time just to e-file as fast as we can - this doesn’t have to be an issue with a clear understanding of electronic postmarks and IRS deadlines.

What is an Electronic Postmark?
Anytime you e-file an electronic form with ExpressExtension.com; it contains a mark that shows the exact date and time you transmitted to the IRS. Based on where you live in the US, you may need to consider your time zone to determine your actual postmark time.

Why does it matter?
An electronic postmark goes hand-in-hand with your filing due date - especially if you have no choice but to e-file the day of the deadline. We all aim to e-file on time and avoid paying late filing penalties whenever possible.

The IRS states,
  • If the electronic postmark is on or before the original filing deadline, but the IRS receives your return after the deadline, the IRS still considers your return as timely filed.
  • If the electronic postmark is after the original filing deadline, the IRS sees the postmark is beyond the due date and considers the filing late.
  • If the IRS rejects your return, you need to file a correction in compliance with the rules for a timely filed returns after a rejection.
With ExpressExtension.com, the electronic postmark is generated in Eastern Standard Time; however, if you e-filed from another time zone, your actual postmark reflects your physical location.

Here’s an example:
  • E-filing with ExpressExtension.com - Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 11:52 p.m. EST (Electronic Postmark)
  • E-filing with ExpressExtension.com from California - Wednesday, August 17, 2016, 8:52 p.m. PST (Actual Postmark)
It’s the actual postmark that the IRS uses to determine if you e-filed before the deadline. Your return can still be on time if it’s e-filed by midnight, local time, on the deadline date.

Make timely e-filings to the IRS with ExpressExtension.com and get approved within minutes. Beat your filing due dates anywhere you are with our FREE downloadable mobile apps for each of our tax extensions on your favorite iOS or Android handset.

Contact our U.S. - based, e-filing professionals at 803.514.5155, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. EST - we are happy to assist with your e-filing experience. Or send us an email at your convenience with support@ExpressExtension.com.


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8/17/2016

Mobile E-filing with ExpressTaxExempt - Form 8868 App

If you plan on filing an extension this tax season, there’s no need to be in a frantic rush to get to a computer and file. Of course, you need to e-file before the IRS due date, but if you could casually do so from wherever you are at this exact moment, would you?

We thought you would, which is why we’re proud to offer our FREE downloadable ExpressTaxExempt - Form 8868 mobile app!

Conveniently E-File Anywhere
Whether you’re at the job, store, airport, or wherever there isn’t a readily available desktop computer, you can e-file your tax extension quickly and securely from the palm of your hand. With our accessible Form 8868 mobile app, you can
  • Re-transmit any rejected extensions for FREE
  • View, download, or email a PDF copy of your accepted IRS Form 8868
  • E-file extensions for multiple tax-exempt organizations from one account
  • Receive automatic email notifications for transmitted, accepted, and rejected extensions

Easy Steps to E-file
All you need is a few brief moments, and you can have your exempt organization tax extension sent and approved in minutes with these easy e-filing steps:
  1. 1. Create an account or log in with the ExpressTaxExempt - Form 8868 mobile app
  2. 2. Enter your organization's basic information (Name, EIN, Address, and Phone Number)
  3. 3. Select which IRS form you are applying for the extension
  4. 4. Input your organization's tax year period
  5. 5. Choose your type of extension and submit signing authority information
  6. 6. Review your return and correct any errors
  7. 7. Pay and transmit to the IRS

Important: Remember, you can only e-file for IRS Form 8868 Part 2 if the IRS approved your Part 1 extension earlier this year. You also need to provide a valid reason why you need the extra time to file, which the IRS can accept or reject.

Save yourself from any unnecessary rush or stress - comfortably e-file anywhere from your favorite iOS or Android devices. Our U.S. - based, customer support team is available to assist with your e-filing experience. Reach us at 803.514.5155, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST. You can also contact us through email with support@ExpressExtension.com.



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