Financial Modelling and Your Tax Return

Financial Modelling and Your Tax Return
Financial Modelling and Your Tax Return

Tax returns are a stressful time for anyone who runs their own business or is otherwise self employed. Essentially this tax is a debt that you have to pay off at the end of the year and it’s normally a very significant one. You can put money aside in the hope that you will be able to pay this tax debt off very easily, but in many cases you will find yourself getting a nasty shock when the amount comes through and often this tax debt can become a real debt as we are forced to borrow money to pay it off – and this then can become a slippery slope that sees our finances really start to struggle.

As a result it’s crucially important to think about your tax debt before you have to fill out and pay your return. One good way to do this is with something called ‘financial modelling’. For those who are not familiar with that term, financial modelling is essentially the act of creating ‘models’ of your finances in spreadsheets, financial modelling software or programming languages. From here you can then change the data to see how you can change your real life finances and what affect small tweaks would have, or you can visualise it by putting the data into a graph or chart.

This then allows you to calculate your tax debt long before you need to pay it, and to see what you could do to change it. For instance then, using a spreadsheet you could input all of your income, all of your interest, all of your assets etc, then subtract all of your expenses, charitable spending or anything else you are going to claim back, and then work out the tax you’ll owe for what you have left. This then will enable you to see exactly how much tax debt you owe.

Furthermore this will allow you to then realise if the amount of tax you are going to owe is more than you can pay and so whether you need to start putting more money aside. At the same time though it also means you can try claiming back more of your expenses – such as perhaps your phone bill or more of your rent if you work from home and you can use your financial modelling to see what you would have to claim back in order to make your tax debt something you can afford. Then should you get audited or inspected you will have all of your workings in the system to show and you won’t even have had to have used an expensive accountant.

This is only one use for financial modelling, and as well as tax debt you can use it to calculate all your other debt and to visualise and manipulate your financial data in a digital arena where it will have no negative repercussions. It is something well worth learning and well worth practising.

9 thoughts on “Financial Modelling and Your Tax Return”

  1. I have my own small business and each year I make sure to think about taxes before the year ends. I do not want to be stuck paying in for my income. So each time I pay myself I put some aside for taxes. This way when tax season rolls around I have it taken care of.

  2. Four years ago I had to pay in for taxes. Big time and it was very stressful for me. I somehow managed to come up with the money. But it was hard. Since then I have taken a few bucks more out of each check and have not had to pay in since.

  3. I have never had to pay into the IRS. I have known several people that have. One had to because he did not have any taxes taken out. Duh on his part. I have enough taken out so I get a large refund back.

  4. I let getting money back so I always have extra taken out. I think that getting a refund back is a great way to put it towards something you would not have gotten. For example, I used part of my refund last year to buy a new couch. Did not need it but it was nice to have the money to do so.

  5. I have extra money taken out each paycheck for taxes. Three years ago I was socked hard and had to pay in a lot. I did not have the money and had to borrow from a friend which made me feel bad. So I started having the extra money taken out so I do not ever get into that situation again.

  6. I hate taxes so much. I understand what they are for, but it really sinks when you have to pay in. I have had to pay in three years in a row and never got anything back. I long for the day when I get a return or break even!

  7. Financial modelling can help sooo much for someone’s tax returns. And it is good that you can do that all by yourself. An accountant is not mandatory for this operation.

    Some see tax returns as hell. But after all, they are good for the wellbeing of our society.

  8. I have only had to pay in once. and that was when I first got a job. Since then I have raised what I am taking out for taxes. I do not want to get stuck paying in ever again. That was not really fun.

  9. Never have I had to pay taxes in. I have a friend who has to pay in several thousand a year. And each year he grumbles. I would think he would get smart and have extra taken out each year but he never does.

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