Qualifying small businesses and service firms often use the cash-basis method of accounting. But as a business grows, it usually needs to convert to accrual-basis reporting for federal tax purposes and to conform with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). For federal tax purposes, the simpler cash method is generally available to small businesses with annual gross receipts of less than $5 million and to professional services firms of all sizes.
In recent years, Congress has threatened to require more businesses to make the cash-to-accrual conversion, so the IRS can collect taxes sooner. Here’s how these accounting methods differ and why it’s important to pick the reporting option that’s right for your business.Read More