IRS announces 2018 National Small Business Week webcasts


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IR-2018-105, April 26, 2018

WASHINGTON ― The Internal Revenue Service announced today it will host daily webcasts during National Small Business Week, April 29-May 5. The webcasts are designed to help small business owners and self-employed individuals navigate common tax situations they may encounter.

Each day’s webcast will have a different topic. The same topic will be covered in two 30-minute sessions each day. The first session will begin at 11 a.m. Eastern time and session two starts at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Closed Captioning will be available only during session two.

Daily topics and registration information for each session are:

April 30 – Can I Deduct This?

The discussion will cover the most common tax deductions for entrepreneurs. This includes the requirements for deducting auto expenses, recordkeeping requirements for deducting business travel expenses and the basics of the home office deduction. Speakers will also share valuable IRS resources to help keep businesses “tax healthy.”

To register for a webcast on April 30, go to:

May 1 – Employee vs. Independent Contractor

This presentation will help explain the difference between a common-law employee and an independent contractor, a situation frequently encountered by small businesses. The discussion will include the categories affecting these statuses, including: behavioral control; financial control and relationship of the parties. Speakers will also identify valuable on-line resources to help properly classify workers.

To register for a webcast on May 1, go to:

May 2 – Pay Now? Pay Later? Can’t Pay? (Payment options)

This webcast will discuss IRS payment options. Learn about paperless options to pay business and payroll taxes, how to set up an installment agreement at and how to determine eligibility for an Offer in Compromise.

To register for a webcast on May 2, go to:

May 3 – Small Business Resources

Learn how to find information quickly using the IRS Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center. Examples will include how to determine the need for an Employer Identification Number (EIN) and best resources specifically for small businesses on the Online Learning and Educational Resource.

To register for a webcast on May 3, go to:

May 4 – Paycheck Checkup

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 could affect how much tax someone should have their employer withhold from their paycheck. Speakers will discuss who should perform a Paycheck Checkup. Taking a few minutes now to make sure people have the right amount of tax taken out of their paychecks for their personal situation may prevent an unexpected surprise at tax time in early 2019.

To register for a webcast on May 4, go to:

Continuing education credit will not be offered for these webcasts. Please email questions about these webcasts to: