What is sales tax? The basics explained

Everyone has to deal with sales tax in some form or other. Sales tax is one of the most important sources of income for the government. But what is sales tax exactly? And who actually has to pay it? Which tax rate applies to which products? How do you calculate sales tax? The most important information on sales tax at a glance.

Reverse charge – the shift in tax liability easily explained + example

Many US-based entrepreneurs are still puzzled by the reverse charge. The procedure is all about transferring tax liability from the service providers to respective beneficiaries. In other words, the latter must settle the payment of taxes with the tax office. This is said to have saved time and prevented frauds in the past. What must be considered, and who is directly involved? Read on for an...

The basics of income tax – an overview

Income tax is an important topic for everyone – both for private individuals and for entrepreneurs. But who actually has to pay income tax on what income? How high are the tax rates, and what else does the amount of tax depend on? This article will look at why income tax is charged, and when you may be eligible for exemptions and deductions.

An introduction to employer ID numbers

Starting a new business comes with a great deal of new responsibilities and paperwork – wising up on the relevant administrative requirements for your business is a good way to avoid issues in the future. This is certainly the case for declaring tax – and to collect tax for your company you will need to register for an employer identification number (EIN), otherwise known as a sales tax number, or...

Corporate income tax: the basics at a glance

Corporate income tax is not as well-known as regular income tax although the two are very similar. While income tax is payable by private individuals and others, corporate income tax just relates to the taxable income of corporations and other entities. In this guide, we will answer the following questions about corporation tax: How is it calculated? How high is it? Who has to pay it, and who...

Cash book template: a useful tool for bookkeeping

You want to fill out your cash book electronically, and need a practical cash book template for it? With 1&1, you can find a free Excel cash book template available for download. You can also learn who must fill out a cash book, which details must be included, and how to fill it out correctly.

What are advance taxes?

Advanced tax payments need to be estimated and paid four times a year. But who needs to make these payment and who is exempt? How do you estimate how much you have to pay? The answer to these questions can be found in this accountancy article - make sure you don’t land in hot water with the IRS.

What is a balance sheet, and how do you create one?

All accountable companies have to prepare an annual statement at the end of the financial year, to determine their tax obligations, among other things. A balance sheet is created according to an established pattern and on a fixed date in the year. The profit and loss report is the basis for a balance sheet, which is important for companies because it provides information on its status and...

Why are receipts important for good bookkeeping?

Receipts are among the most important documents in bookkeeping. Bureaucratic processes surrounding holding onto different kinds of receipts, invoices, and documents can seem tedious or even unnecessary. But doing so can pay off – literally. In this guide, we explain why and how to order your documents, the different types of receipts, and the basics of bookkeeping.

Correcting or canceling an invoice

If you send many invoices per day, errors can often occur. This can then lead to issues with the tax office, and claiming back deductions owed to you. There are several options available to fix errors, however. In this article, we will show you how to create a correction and a cancellation invoice.

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