With 25 years of professional experience in the fields of taxes and finance enable Mr. Battersby to write on unique and topical subjects. Although no reputable professional should ever render specific advice at arm's length, he does craft unbiased, interesting, informative, and accurate articles. Mr. Battersby currently writes for publications in a variety of fields. His topical columns are syndicated in many publications each week. He also writes columns for trade magazines and has authored four books.
IRS Audit Ahead

How to Avoid an IRS Audit

By Mark Battersby / April 27, 2024 / 0 Comments

While the IRS’s own figures reveal that, in general, only one or two percent of all taxpayers actually have their returns audited each year, the threat of an audit continues to strike fear into every pond professional. That fear has increased dramatically with the IRS’s reported plans to hire additional workers.. The Inflation Reduction Act […]

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Payroll Taxes

How Payroll Taxes Can Impact Your Business

By Mark Battersby / June 28, 2023 / 0 Comments

Payroll, typically the biggest expense of any business in the pond and water feature industry, has come a long way since first taxed in 1913. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution gives Congress the “power to lay and collect taxes on incomes.” The Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 established the minimum wage, overtime, recordkeeping […]

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Paycheck Protection Program Tips for Pond Businesses

By Mark Battersby / February 26, 2021 / 0 Comments

The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been a godsend for many pond business owners. Both the original draw in April 2020 and the recently announced second draw in January 2021 were aimed at helping small businesses keep workers on the payroll and pay other bills during the pandemic. There was some initial confusion about turning […]

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Tax Implications of Disposing of Business Property

By Mark Battersby / August 31, 2020 / 0 Comments

It is no surprise that many pond professionals fail to understand the tax ramifications of disposing of business property. Under our current rules, which are often confusing and complex, there are numerous ways to dispose of business assets: selling them, scrapping them, exchanging them for another business asset, or even giving them away, just to […]

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Tax Deductions in Digital Marketing

By Mark Battersby / December 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

Growing a pond or water-feature business relies on solid communication with both existing and potential customers. Without a solid marketing plan, it is difficult to collect leads, build the operation’s brand or increase sales. As important as traditional marketing has been in the past, digital marketing is quickly surpassing it. And, best of all, tax […]

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Tax Implications of Hiring Independent Contractors

By Mark Battersby / June 25, 2019 / 0 Comments

Employers have long preferred to treat workers as independent contractors, reaping payroll tax savings and avoiding any fringe benefits and other expenses associated with employees. By the same token, workers — including the owners of many pond and water feature businesses — could potentially lower their own tax bills by shifting from being an employee […]

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Business Travel Tax Deductions and Expenses

By Mark Battersby / February 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

Industry events such as the Water Garden Expo in February are a good way to gain know-how, find new suppliers and network with others in the industry. Best of all, Uncle Sam, in the form of our tax laws, is willing to pick up the expense of attending many of these events — at least […]

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Attracting Quality Pond Construction Workers with Fringe Benefits

By Mark Battersby / August 29, 2018 / 0 Comments

  Whether the result of a booming economy, tighter immigration laws or an educational system gone astray, finding qualified pond construction job applicants has become increasingly more difficult for those in this industry. Even more troubling for smaller businesses is the question of how they can compete for badly needed, qualified workers. Surprisingly, survey after […]

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Changes in Pass-Through Income Tax: How Do They Effect You?

By Mark Battersby / April 29, 2018 / 0 Comments

Pass-through business entities, garden pond professionals operating as partnerships, limited liability companies (LLCs), S corporations and sole proprietorships have long been extremely popular. In fact, one form of pass-through business entity, the S corporation, is currently the most used business entity. LLCs are also frequently chosen for pass-through income purposes. Unfortunately, thanks to the recently […]

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Small-Business Tax Tips: Reasonable Compensation

By Mark Battersby / June 27, 2017 / 0 Comments

Since 2010, small-business owners have seen a significant uptick in reasonable compensation challenges, as the IRS has increasingly trained its tax examiners to examine payroll tax issues — among them, reasonable compensation. After all, the payment of a salary in excess of what the IRS considers “reasonable,” the payment of personal expenses by the business, […]

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