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Publication 583
Starting a Business and Keeping Records
(Rev 12/2011)
Introduction, Useful Items and Important Changes

What New Business Owners Need To Know

Forms of Business

Identification Numbers

Employer Identification Number (EIN)
Payee's Identification Number

Tax Year

Accounting Method

Business Taxes

Income Tax
Self-Employment Tax
Employment Taxes
Excise Taxes
Depositing Taxes

Information Returns

Penalties

Business Expenses

Business Start-Up Costs
Depreciation
Business Use of Your Home
Car and Truck Expenses

Recordkeeping

Why Keep Records?
Kinds of Records To Keep
How Long To Keep Records
Sample Record System

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Internal Revenue Service
Small Business Administration
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