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Chap 10 – Comingling of Money
By Jason Watson, CPA
Posted Sunday, October 10, 2021
We’ve mentioned this previously, and we’ll do it again here. Rule #1- Please get a separate checking account for your business, preferably with the same bank as your personal checking account so transfers (shareholder distributions) are easy. Rule #2- Do not pay for personal expenses or any mixed-use expense with business funds.
This is bad for several reasons- the IRS hates it. It erodes the corporate veil which is already dangerously thin since you are a closely held corporation. Lastly, if you need to re-construct your financials because of a QuickBooks disaster or some other calamity, having your business transactions compartmentalized within a bank account makes life better. All money coming in is income. All money going out is an expense or a distribution (or equipment purchase or loan payment).
Read Rule #2 again. It is imperative to keep an arms-length perspective on you, the employee, and relationship with the S corporation. If you worked for Google or Ford, you wouldn’t be able to get the business to buy your groceries or pay your mortgage directly. Same thing with your business. Please refer to our chapter on tax deductions and fringe benefits for a nice table.
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