Navigating the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center
Every year, millions of taxpayers access IRS.gov for important tax information, forms and assistance. IRS has also developed a web site to meet the needs of small business and self employed taxpayers.
In this presentation, we will show you some of the most important and useful features of the site, the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center.
You can get started right from IRS.gov - simply go to the pull-down menu in the upper right corner that says "Information For" and then select Businesses. Your first search result should be the Small Business and Self Employed Tax Center. Click on that blue link. The Tax Center is now open for you to explore.
Perhaps the most logical place to start is with the A-Z Index For Businesses. There you will find a list of business topics grouped by either Business Types, like Corporations, LLC's, Partnerships, S Corps and Sole Proprietors. Or you can search by subjects on the right side.
Let's click on EIN's. That link takes you to an extensive list of important questions about Employer Identification Numbers and a section where you can click on and apply for an EIN online. To apply, first check on the important information about EIN's at the top of the page, then you can scroll down and click on the link that says, "Apply Online Now" This will bring you to the EIN assistant and instructions to walk you through the application process.
Let's return to the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center home page. Below the A-Z Index, you'll see a list of some of the most relevant topics. We'll explore a few of them and show you how they can help you.
First is Small Business Forms and Publications. By clicking on this link, you'll see a list of the forms and publications available for downloading. If you're not sure which one is right for you, click on Business Structures page for recommendations based on your category of business entity.
Are you self-employed? If so, return to the main Tax Center Page and select the Self-Employed Individuals Tax Center. This will bring you to a series of questions to help address the most important tax issues that you will face. Another resource found on the Tax Center page is a link to the IRS Video Portal. This site contains hundreds of audio and video presentations, including archived webinars, phone forums, video programs and short video clips. Simply click on the tab across the top based on your interest and a list of topic areas and titles will appear. Then you can choose the audio or video program you want to watch.
Beneath where you found the Video Portal link is another helpful source of additional tax information, our list of small business events. This is a list of small business tax webinars you can view online and IRS sponsored tax workshops you can attend in person. These workshops cover a variety of tax topics aimed at small business owners. You can check the list of states to see if there will be an upcoming workshop close to you.
Returning to the Tax Center, the last resource we want to make you aware of is our e-News for Small Businesses. By clicking on this link, you will learn how to sign up for a free IRS bi-weekly e-mail to keep up with timely information designed for self-employed and small business taxpayers. You can view a sample PDF and be able to subscribe to the service right from this page. For non-English speaking taxpayers, including self-employed or small business owners, we have tax information available in other languages. Simply go to IRS.gov and use the pull-down menu on the top of the screen to select from Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese or Russian versions of our web site.
As you can see, the Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center contains a wealth of tax information, forms, publications and resources for you to learn all you can. So whether you're self-employed or just starting out or maintaining your small business, we're here to help.