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Smaill Business Tax Questions

A few SMB questions:

1. If I have a small business and Purchase product for my clients and then bill them back for the costs do I need to report that on my taxes? Item purchased for $100 and client is billed for $100

 

2.  If I have a small business and Purchase product for my clients and then bill them back for the costs plus mark up the price a percentage, do I need to report that on my taxes?  Item purchased for $100 mark up is 10% client is billed $110

 

Thanks!

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Catalyst V

Smaill Business Tax Questions

Yes to both questions.

Anything you purchase for a client is considered inventory. Therefore your business carries an inventory. Any money a client pays you for *ANY* reason is reportable income, regardless of the fact that it may cancel out the item you purchased for them.

Note that depending on your state, your business may be considered a retail business where you are required to charge a sales tax on the items you purchase for clients, and then pay that sales tax to the state on a monthly or quarterly basis.

I myself have my computer business registered as a service based business. Therefore, I'm not a retailer and I don't buy products for resale. When I need a part for a client's computer, I go out and purchase the part at a local retailer, and of course I pay the sales tax to that retailer. So the sales tax paperwork is their issue, not mine. Then I just pass on that cost to my client. To keep things straight in case I get audited, I break down my invoice to the client to show the charge for the product, and then the charge for my labor.

I make my profit on the labor/services I provide, and not on product I sell. Therefor my state considers me a service based business. Also in my state, there is no sales tax assessed on services I provide. Only on product I sell if I sell it for more than I pay for it, and I can't do that since I'm not a licensed retailer. I'm a licensed service provider.