Accounting is the method to store, sort and record financial transactions. Several start-ups tend to ignore this requirement early on, and then scramble to put together their accounts when they are raising funding or being acquired. Maintaining the books in-house certainly is a tedious and possibly expensive affair, but getting it done would significantly reduce pains in complying with the requirements of the IT Department, give the promoters and shareholders a good sense of how the business is doing, prove eligibility for loans in later years, and even satisfy investors.
As you may know, it is essential for businesses to maintain records of their financial transactions, no matter how small. The reason behind this is that the Registrar of Companies demand a strict record of income tax payments at the end of the year. Without maintaining your accounts, this is rather difficult to do, and you may, in fact, end up paying more tax than you should. Even apart from this, though, all businesses should be interested in their books of accounts, as it is crucial while planning expenses and keeping a tab on how the business is shaping up.
The answer would be simple: misplaced bills and confusing records. This may result in frustrations at the end of the year while you do your tax calculations or even while splitting up profits. Regular maintenance of records is essential, and only a person dedicated to it, like an accountant, can do the needful in this instance.
If you’re not an accountant, it’s unlikely that you will be able to have your balance sheet tally at the end of the year. The reason behind this would be misclassification of expenses and assets and liabilities. One needs to ensure that all aspects of the business are correctly classified so that there is no confusion in future. This is the job of an experienced accountant, even though there is software today to do much of the work.
No, it is mandatory to maintain books even if you are incurring losses. Any financial transactions made for the business, such as purchase of goods, selling and so on, needs to be updated and submitted at the end of the year for filing income tax.
Yes, even if your Tax liability is lower than what you would pay under the PTS scheme, books are required as a proof to show at the end of the year. Book maintenance, can, thus, be not avoided under any circumstances.
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