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SBJ Economic Growth Survey

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After diving into the Springfield Business Journal’s 2023 Economic Growth Survey, it’s exciting to see 64% of business leaders are feeling optimistic about an increase in sales and revenue. However, only 19% of respondents have a positive confidence about the local economy.

Considering these stats, I think it’s essential that businesses take strategic actions to secure their future. One crucial step in achieving this goal is actively reducing debt and enhancing tax efficiency. There are actionable ideas that can guide businesses now toward greater financial stability and growth down the road.

  1. Reducing debt using surplus cash flow

Have surplus cash flow? Before you invest that surplus, check if the returns can beat the interest rates on outstanding debts. If not, consider using the funds for debt repayment instead. Debt consolidation can streamline your financial management and cut down those overall interest costs.

Start by prioritizing high-interest debts that are weighing you down. Using surplus cash flow to knock down those high-interest debts first could save you in interest expense over time. Also, consider prepayment or partial repayments on loans to reduce the principal amount. This will give you more financial flexibility to maneuver.

  1. Tax deductibility of interest payments

I’m all about optimizing tax benefits. So, you need to understand which interest payments are tax-deductible. This can help you reduce the overall tax burden and put some more money back into your pocket. Make sure you maintain a healthy capital structure between debt and equity financing to get the best of both worlds.

  1. Impact of debt restructuring or refinancing on tax liabilities

Be cautious when you’re thinking about debt restructuring and be aware that debt forgiveness might mean taxable income. Nobody wants additional tax liabilities, right? If you’re considering debt refinancing, keep an eye out for those transaction costs and fees that can sneak up on you and affect your financial position.

By tackling debt reduction and tax efficiency head-on, your business can really strengthen its financial foundation and stand tall among competitors. Consult an experienced tax accountant to help you make informed decisions that align with your long-term business goals.

Set up for success
The road to a successful future lies in taking proactive steps today. As businesses gear up for economic growth, reducing debt and enhancing tax efficiency will be the key to unlocking new opportunities and achieving lasting success.

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