Small Business Week

In celebration of National Small Business Week, April 28-May 4, 2024, the Internal Revenue Service is featuring useful tax-related tools and resources to help small business owners, employers and self-employed individuals succeed.

The IRS offers a dedicated Tax Center tailored specifically for small and self-employed businesses, providing a wealth of resources and guidance. Understanding small business best practices and how to get started are crucial to industry success.

  • Keep the computer-generated notice that was issued by the IRS when you applied for your employer ID number (EIN). This notice is issued as a confirmation of your application for, and receipt of an EIN. If you lost or misplaced your EIN, follow these steps.
  • Choose a recordkeeping system that clearly shows income and expenses. Accurate and complete recordkeeping makes it easier to prepare your tax return.
  • Avoid a tax time surprise by making estimated tax payments with electronic options like Direct Pay and the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS).
  • Transition to electronic filing. Starting in 2024, if you file more than 10 information returns annually, electronic filing is mandatory. The IRS recently introduced the Information Returns Intake System (IRIS), a free and secure online portal designed to facilitate the electronic filing of Form 1099 series returns.

As you embark on your journey of entrepreneurship, it's crucial to lay a solid foundation for your small business. It is critical for every new small business owner to:

Fraudsters use regular mail, telephone and email to scam individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals. Businesses should watch out for tax-related scams and implement safeguards. Know your risks and the warning signs to better protect your businesses and employees.

  • Remain vigilant against common scams targeting you as a business owner, ensuring protection against fraudulent activities. Visit Tax scams/Consumer alerts for up-to-date information.
  • Remember, the IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Know the telltale signs of a scam and how to know if it’s really the IRS.
  • Take proactive steps today to safeguard your business and employees, by implementing robust security measures such as using anti-malware/anti-virus software with automatic updates and enforcing strong passwords with multi-factor authentication. Ensure that you only enter personal data on secure websites (https) to prevent unauthorized access. For information on how to protect your business from tax scams, see Publication 5961, Protect your business from tax scams PDF.

Stay informed with the latest IRS updates and access resources tailored for tax professionals.

  • IRS Nationwide Tax Forum registration is open. This summer, tax professionals have the opportunity to attend continuing education sessions in five U.S. cities. The forum offers valuable continuing education credits and networking opportunities for enrolled agents, CPAs, attorneys, and other tax professionals. Attendees can earn up to 18 continuing education credits, enhancing their professional development and expertise.
  • Stay updated on tax regulations and resources provided by the IRS to help you navigate tax season effectively. Subscribe to weekly e-News for tax professionals to get the latest IRS updates for the tax professional community. This is a weekly summary generally issued on Fridays, that highlights key information for tax professionals.

The IRS Disaster assistance and emergency relief for individuals and businesses page provides the latest tax relief guidance for disaster situations. Whether you live in an area frequently impacted by disasters or not, being prepared for an event that could cause damage to your business is critical. Take steps now to prepare your business.

  • Take advantage of paperless recordkeeping for financial and tax records. Store critical documents in waterproof container and duplicate important paperwork.
  • Document valuables and business equipment. After a disaster hits, photographs and videos of a home or business's contents can help support claims for insurance or tax benefits. The IRS disaster-loss workbooks can help individuals and businesses PDF compile lists of belongings or business equipment.
  • Employers using payroll service providers should check if their provider has a fiduciary bond in place to protect the employer in the event of a default by provider. Employers are encouraged to create an Electronic Federal Tax Payment System account at to monitor their payroll tax deposits and receive email alerts.
  • Visit our YouTube channel to view our Preparing for disasters video.