Income Tax – Schedule C Small Business Sole Proprietor
What you'll learn
- What It Means to Be Self-Employed
- How to Report Self Employment Income
- Filing and Paying Business Taxes
- Identification Numbers Including EIN Number
- Self-Employment (SE) Tax
- Employment Taxes
- Accounting Periods and Methods
- Business Income & Expenses
- How To Figure Cost of Goods Sold
- Car and Truck Expenses
- Depreciation Expense
- Employees' Pay Expense
- Insurance Expense
- Interest Expense
- Legal and Professional Fees Expense
- Rent Expense
- Pension Plans Expense
- Taxes Expense
- Travel and Meals Expense
- Business Use of Your Home
- Other Expenses You Can Deduct
- Some understanding of US income tax law
This course will focus on tax preparation for taxpayers who have self-employment incomed generally reported on a Schedule C.
We will look at each new concept from multiple angles, starting with a presentation discussing the topic and then looking at examples to better understand the concepts in action.
The example section will use tax forms to work problems and an accounting equation method using Excel so learners will understand the impact on the actual tax return and visualize the concepts using a tax formula.
Sole proprietorship income reported on Schedule C adds significant complexity to income tax preparation. This course will start by introducing the complexity of Schedule C to the tax return, identifying the primary areas that will change using practical examples.
Learners will understand how self-employment tax is calculated when there is schedule C income and how part of the self-employment tax may be included as an adjustment to income.
The course will cover the accounting periods and methods that may be appropriate depending on the business needs.
We will discuss how to report business income and calculate the cost of goods sold and gross profit if applicable.
Learners will understand what a business expense is, how to report business expenses, and the most common categories of business expenses. We will show many examples to solidify the concepts.
We will learn how to report expenses related to the business use of your home, which can be a significant deduction for many businesses.
Who this course is for:
- Anybody who wants to save on taxes & has a small business
- Tax professionals
Through working with students from many different schools, Mr. Steele has learned best practices for helping people understand accounting fast. Learning new skills and finding the best way to share knowledge with people who can benefit from it is a passion of his.
Mr. Steele has experience working as a practicing Certified Public Accountant (CPA), an accounting and business instructor, and curriculum developer. He has enjoyed putting together quality tools to improve learning and has been teaching, making instructional resources, and building curriculum since 2009. He has been a practicing CPA since 2005. Mr. Steele is a practicing CPA, has a Certified Post-Secondary Instructor (CPI) credential, a Master of Science in taxation from Golden Gate University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics with an emphasis in accounting from The University of California Santa Barbara, and a Global Management Accounting Designation (CGMA) from The American Institute of CPA (AICPA).
Mr. Steele has also authored five books that can be found on Amazon or in audiobook format on Audible. He has developed bestselling courses in accounting topics including financial accounting and QuickBooks accounting software.
In addition to working as an accountant, teaching, and developing courses Mr. Steele has helped create an accounting website at accountinginstruction, a YouTube channel called Accounting Instruction, Help, and How Too, and has developed supplemental resources including a Facebook Page, Twitter Page, and Podcasts that can be found on I-tunes, Stitcher, or Soundcloud. Mr. Steele's teaching philosophy is to make content applicable, understandable, and accessible.
Adult learners are looking for application when they learn new skills. In other words, learners want to be able to apply skills in the real world to help their lives. Mr. Steele’s formal accounting education, practical work experience, and substantial teaching experience allow him to create a curriculum that combines traditional accounting education with practical knowledge and application. He accomplishes the goals of making accounting useful and applicable by combining theory with real-world software like Excel and QuickBooks.
Many courses teach QuickBooks data entry or Excel functions but are not providing the real value learners want. Real value is a result of learning technical skills like applications, in conjunction with specific goals, like accounting goals, including being able to interpret the performance of a business.
Mr. Steele makes knowledge understandable by breaking down complex concepts into smaller units with specific objectives and using step by step learning processes to understand each unit. Many accounting textbooks cram way too much information into a course, making it impossible to understand any unit fully. By breaking the content down into digestible chunks, we can move forward much faster.
Mr. Steele also makes use of color association in both presentations and Excel worksheets, a learning tool often overlooked in the accounting field, but one that can vastly improve the speed and comprehension of learning accounting concepts.
The material is also made understandable through the application of concepts learned. Courses will typically demonstrate the accounting concepts and then provide an Excel worksheet or practice problems to work through the concepts covered. The practice problems will be accompanied by an instructional video to work through the problem in step by step format. Excel worksheets will be preformatted, usually including an answer tab that shows the completed problem, and a practice tab where learners can complete the problem along with a step by step presentation video.
Mr. Steele makes learning accounting accessible by making use of technology and partnering with teaching platforms that have a vision of spreading knowledge like Udemy.