Category: Cost Management

Optimal Cash Management for Veterinary Practices

Cash management is critical to running a successful veterinary practice, ensuring financial transparency, and preventing theft or fraud. VetBooks clients receive monthly account reviews from our team to keep their finances on track, but how well you manage your cash and bank accounts between our visits impacts efficiency. Here, we explore simple ways you can implement financial best practices and streamline your bookkeeper’s job.

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How to Pay for Practice Owner Health Insurance

When veterinary practice owners establish their business, they must choose an appropriate business structure. For most privately owned veterinary practices, the designation S corporation (S-Corp) or LLC filing as an S-Corp offers the most flexibility and maximum tax advantages. S-Corps don’t file business taxes, but instead pass on all profits and losses to the business owners (i.e., shareholders) who report them on their income taxes.

S-Corps are popular not only for veterinarians but also for other small, non-publicly-traded companies. The IRS estimates more than 5 million small businesses are classified as S-Corps, compared with fewer than 2 million C-Corps. Around 70% of VetBooks clients file as S-Corps because they’ve recognized the benefits—but many don’t take full advantage of the designation.

Our job at VetBooks is to accurately track your finances, so you and your tax accountant can use that information to plan for tax season. Although we aren’t tax accountants ourselves, we can spot some of the major bookkeeping issues that might become a tax problem. One of those mistakes may be hiding in your payroll deductions—for example, if your practice is an S-Corp and you’re paying for health insurance from your paycheck, you could be missing out on important tax benefits. Here, we explain the benefits of having the S-Corp pay for your health insurance.

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