February 17, 2023

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Our ultimate lists of tax deductions

Tax season is in full swing, and one of the best ways to get prepared is to organize your business tax deductions. As a refresher, tax deductions are business expenses you can deduct from the amount of taxable income you owe. 

But which business expenses qualify as deductions? The short answer: It depends on the type of business you run. That’s why we compiled a few helpful guides. Check out our ultimate lists below:

For additional information, see the IRS instructions on business tax deductions

Trending up

Despite what you might see splashed across headlines and social media, Gusto’s latest economic data roundup is showing that the current job market is surprisingly strong. In a February report, The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that the U.S. added 517,000 jobs in January 2023, almost double the 260,000 added in December 2022. What’s more, Gusto’s internal data from January showed that hiring picked up while layoffs remained low. 

Gusto economist Luke Pardue breaks down the data in more depth here.  

How to qualify for the R&D tax credit

Have you heard of the Credit for Increasing Research Activities, also known as the research and development (R&D) tax credit? In case you haven’t heard us mention it before, it’s one of the most common tax credits available to businesses—and one of the most beneficial to your bottom line. 

The credit rewards you for investing in R&D activities that improve your business’s products, services, or operational processes—and ultimately help further your business’s growth. If you qualify, you can apply up to $250,000 of the tax credit to your payroll tax liability. To learn which R&D activities qualify and how to claim the credit, read our full blog post

If you’re already a pro and taking advantage of these credits, you might find our blog post on preparing for an R&D tax credit audit useful.

Read with Gusto

One more time for the folks in the back, Talk Shop subscribers: I’m Caleb Newquist, Editor-at-Large at Gusto. This is the third go-round for this new section of the newsletter. In each edition, you’ll find things I’ve read recently and thought were worth sharing. I hope you’ll find something interesting every time. Feedback? Email me.

Fresh from Gusto (and friends)

Gusto customers can get 50% off 3 months of Google Workspace

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Download Bonusly’s 3 Steps to Building Resilient Teams eBook

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FEB 21: Actionable Strategies to Promote a Culture of Mental Well-Being

Employees today are dealing with more stress, anxiety, and burnout than ever before. As a business owner, investing in your employees’ personal well-being isn’t just a nice thing to do—it’s a necessity. In this webinar, Calm and Culture Amp join forces to discuss how HR teams can help create a workplace culture that prioritizes mental health. You’ll learn why employee engagement and productivity start with mental health, and pick up actionable strategies for improving workplace culture and creating a more positive employee experience. Register here

FEB 23: How to Save Your Business Thousands with the R&D Tax Credit

ICYMI, we’re running a second session of our popular webinar on the Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credit. If you’re improving your business’s offerings or processes using data, you may qualify for the R&D tax credit, which could reduce your payroll taxes by up to $250,000 a year—and your income tax by an unlimited amount. Gusto’s Head of R&D Tax Credits will break down everything you need to know, and you can get your burning questions answered by tax credit experts. Register here.

MAR 1: Common and Costly Tax Mistakes to Avoid This Season

Save yourself stress, time, and money by getting informed on how to avoid the eight most common tax mistakes the IRS sees small businesses make year after year. Join Ryan Robinson from Bench and Melody Pickle from Gusto to learn more and get your questions answered. Register here.

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Mohini Kundu Mohini Kundu is a news editor on the Gusto content team. She studied journalism at Northwestern University and started her career at The Huffington Post before embracing the #startuplife.
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