New Infographic: The Burden of Small Business Accounting, Taxes and Payroll

Jan 28, 2015, 09:20 ET from SCORE Association

WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SCORE, – - mentors to America's small businesses, has gathered statistics concerning how much time and money small businesses spend each year on accounting and tax preparation and each month on payroll administration. Owners were also surveyed on their opinions of the most burdensome small business management tasks.

Significant Time and Money Spent on Tax Preparation

According to data presented visually in the infographic, the majority of small business owners spend more than 41 hours on tax preparation each year. The breakdown of responses reveals that of the small business owners surveyed,

  • 40% spend 80+ hours/year
  • 18% spend 41-80 hours/year
  • 15% spend 21-40 hours/year
  • 28% Spend <21 hours/year

The annual monetary costs of the administration of taxes, internal costs, legal fees, etc. can be substantial as well, with the majority spending at least $1,000. Of the small business owners surveyed,

  • 23% spend $1,000 or less
  • 31% spend $1,000 to $5,000
  • 18% spend $5,000 to $10,000
  • 12% spend $10,000 to $20,000
  • 16% spend $20,000 or more

The Worst Part of Business Ownership

Perhaps unsurprisingly, 40% of small business owners say bookkeeping and taxes are the worst part of owning a business. Specifically:

  • 47% dislike the financial cost
  • 13% dislike administrative headaches and time
  • 13% dislike the complexity of compliance
  • 10% dislike changing regulations and confusion
  • 8% dislike all the paperwork
  • 8% dislike inequity of the tax code

Costs of Maintaining Payroll

Many small businesses choose to perform payroll duties in-house in order to keep costs down. Of those small business owners that do,

  • 21% spend no time at all
  • 26% spend 1-2 hours/month
  • 26% spend 3-5 hours/month
  • 17% spend 6-10 hours/month
  • 11% spend 10+ hours/month

And payroll costs vary greatly from 8% paying less than $50/month to 5% paying $5,000+/month.

Download this month's SCORE Infographic to access all the data regarding the time and costs associated with accounting, taxes and payroll for small businesses.


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