Proper estate planning for dentists is critical for protecting loved ones, legacy planning, and ensuring your patients will continue to be cared for. When you plan for the future, remember to consider both your practice and business assets, as well as your personal assets in your estate planning. Dentists need an estate plan more than most people, because of the added complexities of having a heavier reliance on a dental practice as an asset and income, and more limited liquidity. Have a Will Having a current will is critical, to
Pay Less Tax
A great way to increase wealth is to cut back on the taxes you pay. In Canada, tax is a huge expense for dentists. To get ahead, a strategy to reduce your tax burden is essential. Reduce Tax Burden or Tax Liability of Your Dental Practice Dental practice owners can take advantage of a few tax planning strategies for their dental practices. Not every strategy will work for you, but even leveraging a few can make a big difference in the tax you pay, in effect increasing your business income.
As a dentist, you can have different experiences in dealing with dental insurance. If your office helps coordinate the insurance plans’ coverage for customers, which many dentist offices do, to encourage customers’ loyalty, you may be dealing with multiple insurance providers in that way, as a provider of dental services. You may also have an alternative experience – that of a covered recipient. Coordinating Dental Coverage As A Dental Services Provider Developing a good working relationship with insurance providers, and becoming familiar with insurance plans is a good first step
Dental practice owners often struggle with the business management aspect of their business when they set up their own dental practice. As dental professionals, their strengths lie in their education and experience in providing dental care, not business management. However, making your dental practice stand out to prospective patients, developing effective dental practice management systems, and ensuring good accounting and general business support practices, as well as other key business best practices, are essential to a successful and thriving practice. Why Is Dental Practice Management Important? Many potential and existing
Marketing helps you reach potential patients, plus maintain a good, ongoing relationship with current patients. However, knowing how and where to spend your marketing budget and efforts can be difficult. Digital marketing is a critical aspect of any strategy since most people search online for medical professionals, but other methods are effective as well. An effective strategy overall is essential to achieve the best results. Dental Marketing Strategy Start with a dental marketing plan to ensure it is coordinated and measurable. Define your goals for your dental marketing campaigns, to
There are several tax planning strategies that are recommended to reduce the amount of taxes you may have to pay. Generally, tax planning involves finding potential tax deductions or tax credits. Tax deductions reduce taxable income, while credits reduce what taxes you pay on your taxable income. Reduce Taxable Income and Maximize Tax Deductions A deduction lowers your taxable income and the tax rate used to calculate your tax, for a larger refund. A credit reduces your tax amount to be paid. Certain tax credits can give you a refund
If you are looking to start your own dental practice, you might be considering opening it up in a new community where there are no existing practices. This may mean you will need to build a new dental clinic and office and are curious about the various considerations and factors that affect what you might expect to pay, beyond the obvious construction costs. Aspects such as the location will have a large impact on the cost to build. However, it is also important to consider getting value out of your
When you run a dental practice, it is essential to keep your financials in order. If you don’t know what money is coming in or out, or what tax obligations or other financial obligations you have, you cannot make educated financial decisions and you can run into financial difficulties, despite having a busy practice that could otherwise be successful. Patients and family always come first. Dental practice owners in particular need to keep good records to stay on top of their financial health, since small businesses often do not have
As a dental practice owner, you have much to worry about besides just taking care of teeth. You need to ensure that your practice is attracting new patients, making money, paying its accounts payable, and earning a certain amount to cover its expenses and payroll. It is a lot to think about. Bookkeeping can help you keep track of your profits and expense transactions in a detailed and organized manner. It is beneficial for making informed decisions about your dental practice. But what is bookkeeping, and where do you start?