Preparing your Photography Business for the End of the Year

Is your photography business prepped for tax season? It’s December, and that means that it’s time to begin thinking about tax time for your photography business. April 15th may seem far away now, but every year it seems to sneak up on us too quickly. We want to help you get a jump start on tax time now by following our checklist for a few must-do tasks.

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Photography Business End of Year Checklist


Review your key reports

Three reports that every photographer should have—and review often—are the Balance Sheet, Income Statement and Cash Flow. Your Balance Sheet will show you a summary of your photography business’ financial status at a particular point in time. You can download your invoice data directly from Iris where you’ve kept track of all your client’s payments over the year. Your Income Statement will show you your income versus expenses; and indicate if you are profitable or not. And lastly, your Cash Flow report will reconcile your opening cash with your closing cash for a period of time. This allows you to see how much cash on hand you have. The end of the year shouldn’t be the first time that you’ve look at these reports, but it’s definitely necessary to review them now so that you will be ready to hand-off to your accountant. 

Schedule an appointment with your accountant

Which brings us right to our next must-do task: scheduling a meeting with your accountant. After you’ve reviewed your reports, schedule a meeting with your accountant to get any last minute questions answered, determine if there are any additional items you can deduct and begin paperwork for tax time.

Maximize your deductions

Do you need anything for your business? Perhaps you need a new Speedlight or software for your business (like Iris Works). Now is the time to makes those investments. Make a list of purchases you need, want and would be nice to have. Remember, you can deduct business expense, so if there’s something you’ve been contemplating—now is the time.

Set some goals

It is time to set some goals for the coming year. Looking back at the past 12 months: What goals did you accomplish? What goals did you miss? And what do you want to accomplish for the next 12 months? Ask yourself these questions, and put the answers down on paper. It’s important to celebrate your successes, and write goals to work towards for the future.

What tasks do you do to prepare for the end of the year?

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