2022 Taxes: What Construction Business Owners Need to Know

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Zaid Rahman
January 21, 2022
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With so many details to consider, taxes for construction business owners can be complicated. 

On top of that, tax laws and rates change regularly.

If you don’t stay on top of what’s new, your construction business could potentially suffer and lose money.

Knowing the tax changes and how they can affect you are key to a company's success.

In this guide, we’ll outline some of the tax changes for small business owners in 2022 and how you can be prepared for them.

Small Business Taxes Depend on How Your Business Entity is Structured

How you pay your taxes and how much your taxes will be is dependent on how your business entity is structured.

Small businesses (including construction companies) have choices in how to set up their business entity. These choices include:

  • C Corporation
  • S Corporation
  • Sole proprietorship
  • Partnership; and
  • LLC (Limited Liability Company)

Though a construction business may structure their company as a C Corporation, most small businesses identify as pass-through entities (S Corporations, partnerships, LLCs, etc.). In fact, 95% of small businesses choose to structure themselves as pass-through entities.

Corporations pay a flat tax rate of 21%, and owners and stakeholders are taxed separately from the business entity.

Pass-through entities are different because they pay their federal income tax directly with their individual income tax returns. Tax rates vary depending on income, so let’s take a closer look at tax rates for 2022 below.

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Tax Rates: 2021 vs. 2022

Business owners are taxed at seven different rates set by income amounts:

  1. 10%
  2. 12%
  3. 22%
  4. 24%
  5. 32%
  6. 35%
  7. 37%

These charts give a quick breakdown of tax rates and how they will change for the 2022 tax year:

Tax Rate 2021 Single 2021 Head of Household 2021 Married Filling Jointly 2021 Married Filling Separately
10% $0 to $9,950 $0 to $14,200 $0 to $19,90 $0 to $9,950
12% $9,951 to $40,525 $14,201 to $54,200 $19,901 to $81,050 $9,951 to $40,525
22% $40,526 to $86,375 $54,201 to $86,350 $81,051 to $172,750 $40,526 to $86,375
24% $86,376 to $164,925 $86,351 to $164,900 $172,751 to $329,850 $86,376 to $164,925
32% $164,926 to $209,425 $164,901 to $209,400 $329,851 to $418,850 $164,926 to $209,425
35% $209,426 to $523,600 $209,401 to $523,600 $418,851 to $628,300 $209,426 to $314,150
37% $523,600 or more $523,600 or more $628,300 or more $314,151 or more

Tax Rate 2022 Single 2022 Head of Household 2022 Married Filling Jointly 2022 Married Filling Separately
10% $0 to $10,275 $0 to $14,650 $0 to $20,550 $0 to $10,275
12% $10,276 to $41,775 $14,651 to $55,900 $20,551 to $83,550 $10,276 to $41,775
22% $41,776 to $89,075 $55,901 to $89,050 $83,551 to $178,150 $41,776 to $89,075
24% $89,076 to $170,050 $89,051 to $170,050 $178,151 to $340,100 $89,076 to $170,050
32% $170,051 to $215,950 $170,051 to $215,950 $340,101 to $431,900 $170,051 to $215,950
35% $215,951 to $539,900 $215,951 to $539,900 $431,901 to $647,850 $215,951 to $323,925
37% $539,901 or more $539,901 or more $647,851 or more $323,926 or more

Qualified Business Income Deduction (QBI): How It Can Help Some Construction Businesses

If you’re looking at the above tax rates and are thinking it might be a good idea to structure your business as a C Corporation since they pay a 21% tax, think again.

Even though pass-through entities may pay up to 37% in taxes, many of these small businesses also qualify for a new qualified business income (QBI) deduction — a deduction that may be more beneficial than the taxes associated with C Corporations.

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 allows some businesses to deduct 20% of qualified business income. As long as the business works in a qualifying industry, the deduction is available for those who file jointly and make less than $315,000 or under $157,000 for other tax filers. 

In the end, this QBI deduction may be the way to go to keep you in a lower tax bracket.

And don’t forget about the many other types of deductions small business owners can take, like:

  • Staff tax deductions - Compensation, employment taxes, fringe benefits
  • Vehicle and equipment deductions
  • Marketing expense deductions
  • Travel expenses
  • And more

New Tax Laws for Construction Business Owners in 2022

Much will stay the same as far as taxes for small businesses goes, but there is one new tax law that construction business owners should be aware of.

This new tax rule for 2022 has to do with digital payment services like PayPal, Venmo, and Zelle — just to name a few — and it can be found in the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021.

Many construction businesses likely receive their payments in other forms, but if you regularly use one of these digital services, know that the IRS is tracking it and you’ll receive notifications of taxes due on certain services or goods. 

Starting in 2022, if you receive more than $600 for goods or services from customers, you’ll be required to report that amount to the IRS.

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  • Track, file, and collect on invoices
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Things Construction Business Owners Should Remember in 2022

No doubt, the pandemic has brought major changes for business owners in the last two years, especially when it comes to income and taxes. When gathering your tax information and filing this year, pay attention to a few things:

  • The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act brought about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). That loan was forgivable as long as it was used for expenses like payroll and rent or mortgage. Any money that your business received through the PPP that was forgivable will not be taxable. Any amount that was not forgiven is taxable.
  • The Economic Industry and Disaster Loan may have been available to you through the Small Business Administration — a loan that you must still pay taxes on.
  • The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) may have required your business to give sick leave to some of your employees who became sick with COVID-19. If you made these types of payments to any of your employees, you are eligible for certain tax credits.
  • Also under the CARES Act, the deduction for business interest expenses was increased for some businesses.

Don’t Forget About Other Small Business Taxes

As a small business owner, you are probably aware of the many other types of small business taxes you may be responsible for. Make sure to take these all into account when estimating taxes due and planning to pay them.

Other small business taxes a construction owner may need to know about include:

  • Income tax 
  • Self-employment tax
  • Employment taxes (includes payroll taxes)
  • Excise tax
  • Estimated taxes (if you are required to pay quarterly taxes)

Whether Your Taxes Increase or Decrease in 2022, the Flexbase Credit Card Is Ready When Your Cash Flow Challenges Remain

Taxes — it’s one of the things you can’t escape, especially if you’re a small business owner. 

Educating yourself about small business taxes and the changes that regularly occur is one step in the right direction to keep your business growing and successful.

But you know that even with the best efforts and intentions, cash flow is often a challenge for those in the construction industry. 

And that’s why Flexbase has created a credit card designed specifically for construction business owners.

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  • $0 annual fee and no security deposit
  • Receipt tracking by project
  • More credit because credit is based on future invoices, not a credit score
  • No personal liability

Getting your taxes in order and staying up with the latest tax rules can be a taxing job (pun intended). But handling your cash flow doesn’t have to be a full-time job. Flexbase makes it easy and streamlined. 

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