The weather's getting colder — a sure sign that it's time to prepare your company for the close of the financial year. Ideally, you've been keeping up with at least some of the paperwork this involves all along — but if not, there's still time.

Too many contractors put off thinking about taxes until April, only to find they made an accounting mistake and don't have the funds they need to pay the government. You can avoid this situation by taking certain steps before the year is out.

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