So, I was looking through the orders today for Christian groups, hoping to get some ideas for new design templates. I came across several shirts that would benefit from a few quick changes to make the design look more unique. Often people used a line of text and a clipart, but would benefit from a quick lesson in thoughtful placement. You can make your design look more designer-y in under 2 minutes with just a few simple changes. Above is a before and after of one Christian design and below is a video of how I made the changes. Simply re-arranging the text makes the clipart feel more connected to the words. Plus now he really looks like he is reaching for the “light.”
There are a lot of myths about what is a tax write off and what is not. I just got done being audited so I thought I would write a small article of my experience in the hopes to help others (MOQ, custom t shirt iron on transfers).
When I received the letter from the IRS I knew I had a lot of work to do to prepare. There are 2 different type of audits. The first is the one where they send you a list of items they would like to see, and you send them in, they then review them. The second type is the one I received. It is a very detailed audit. They send you several pages of items they would like to see, and you have to bring all of them in person. They then scheduled 4 hours for our audit, to review every little thing, and decide whether the deductions were acceptable or not.
Now I want to say here, do not ever try to get out of an audit. It doesn’t work and only makes them pay closer attention to your case. We were scheduled for our audit to be held quite a distance from our house, so we requested a closer location. This was denied and we moved on to prepare.
We went through all of our records till we felt we had everything in order and headed down with our tax attorney to our appt.. Now I had thought there were rules that had to be followed and that your deductions fit into the categories and those rules are followed. This is not really the case. It is up to each auditor to decide what is expectable or not. If they do not feel that a deduction is ok, they will deny it. Then your tax attorney will negotiate an amount that is acceptable to the agent.
This is pretty much how each record is gone through, with negotiations back and forth, till a some what common ground it met. I will list some things that I thought were perfectly legitimate, that I found were not.
I had written off a portion of my rent, since I am a home based business. The auditor accepted part of that deduction but not all of it. He advised that if I would have taken pictured of my space I was using, he would have given my the full amount I had written off. But because I did not and I was no longer at that location, he would only give me a small portion of that deduction. I only got the lower amount because my attorney negotiated to get it.
So tip #1 : Take pictured of your work space, all of your equipment and all of your stock.
Another one that was not fully excepted ( and I read about this issue on a regular basis in the forum) is charitable donation. I donate items on a regular basis to charities. I will be honest and say that I didn’t keep the best records of this, but I felt by showing receipts of things purchased and receipt from the person I was donating to, I would have no problem proving this. Long story short, unless my donations were made to a registered non profit, with a receipt showing their registration number, a signature from the person running that org. and a detailed list and value, they were not tax deductible. I had receipts from non profits that were not signed so they were denied.
Tip #2: Always when making a donation, make sure it is a registered non-profit org, with registration number. and you get a detailed receipt showing what you donated, what the value was and make sure it has a signature from a representative of that organization (professional t shirt iron on transfer shop).
Then we moved on to utilities. Most of what I wrote off for utilities was accepted, except a portion of the phone bill. If you use your business phone for any calls that do not have to do with business, they can choose to not accept that write off. Another negotiation by my attorney got me a portion of the phone bill deduction. The reason he reduced the amount was that while my daughter was on vacation, she had called my business phone and talked to me, and the IRS agent caught these calls, because they do look at all of your phone bills and the calls that are made, and asked why they were on my business phone.
Tip #3 Try to keep all business calls on business phones, and personal calls on personal phones. It really would have made it less complicated for me if I had done this.
With my business mileage, I was good I got the complete deduction on this one. There are 2 different ways you can write off your gas. One is to keep all gas receipts and then they give you a portion of what you put in gas. The other is to keep track of your mileage per day, and log where you drive. I did the second method as it is just easier for me to log it each day. This was very important that I had this info for the agent.
Tip #4 Log all travel expense with a mileage and destination.
Also I thought my lease for my vehicle was totally deductible but according to my IRS agent, only a percentage was acceptable, again my attorney negotiated that amount. But that was fine.
All of my business supplies were accepted as I had kept detailed records of every little thing I had bought for my business. So I had no problem there.
Every deduction that was reduced was done by a percentage, like if it 100%, he would reduce it to 20% or 30%. He never reduced a deduction by an actual dollar value, only by percentage.
So in the end, I ended up owing $4305.00 above what I had filed on my taxes. Now I had the right to appeal this decision and was told that it would not be a problem if I did not agree with it. I was then told that if I appealed it, they had the choice also to request my last seven years to also be audited. Now this is where I what I stated above comes into play, If you appeal it, then they will apply the rules as they are written, but do you want to go through seven more years? My outcome? I just paid them and it was over with I have no doubt that I would not have a problem with doing the seven years, but the time it would take would be too much for me.
What I can say after this experience is that to always make sure you have detailed records. In fact you cannot be too detailed as far I am concerned. Make sure when you are taking a deduction that it can be backed up 100%.
When I left my appointment and we were done, I was told to expect to see them again within the next couple of years. The reason for this is that audits are being increased where small business is concerned, and that it will be increased more within the next couple of years. They said that if you are a small business, you can be expected to be audited every 2 to 5 years.
I was not audited for any reason, its like a lottery the way it works. The way it works now is that their system randomly selects audits every certain amounts of filings. So it was the luck of the draw that I was picked. There was no trigger that called me to their attention. It just works the way it does, randomly So be prepared every year as it will protect you.
Now, we introduce a few new kinds of transfer paper. It is thin, soft, and breathable. Full color transferred on the media surface, the image quality is more bright and vivid. With a common color inkjet printer, a photograph, a heat transfer machine, you can freely individualize t-shirts, hats, shoulder bags and other garments as uniform for sport clubs, promotional goods for company or souvenirs for the tourist market. So, the transfer paper is very popular in the individuality clothing customized business.
How to tell which heat transfer paper are for light color fabric and dark color fabric?
Heat transfer paper instruction for dark fabric:
1. Do not mirror image.
2. Print the image on the blank side of the transfer paper. (Not the side with blue grid.)
3. Cut-out Design: Do not leave a margin around edge of the image. (Cut along image edge.) Leaving a margin around the image will result in a white border along image.
4. Peel off grid backing paper before pressing.
5. Cold Peel & Wear: After printing, do not lift the silicone paper until the fabric cool completely.
Heat transfer paper instruction for light color fabric:
1. Mirror the image.
2. Print the image on the blank side of the transfer paper. (Not the side with red grid.)
3. Cut-out Design: For best results trim the image before applying to garment.
4. Do not peel off grid backing paper before pressing.
5. Hot Peel & Wear: Peel the transfer immediately after pressing.
1. Keep paper away from high humidity areas and store in cool, dry place. (The paper will curl after moisture, which will affect the printing image.)
2. Before washing, leave the printed item for at least 24 hours. Wash inside out in cold water. Dry at normal heat setting. Do not use bleach, fabric softener or harsh detergents. Do not iron directly over transfer.
For the old kinds of heat transfer paper, they also have to follow these notice.
If you only want to make one heat transfer image, you can ask some online stores of iron on stickers to make one for you, they usually design for free, pro cut for free. All you need is a home iron to transfer the sticker on garments.