What Does the IRS Have to do With Earth Day? Green Business Practices and Your Tax Dollars

Let’s face it, April is about getting dirty business done, including your taxes, spring cleaning and facing your first quarter numbers for 2013. This month may also mark the realization that you may not be accomplishing your new year’s resolutions by this point. Facing reality is part of taking stock. At the beginning of each new year we are filled with hope and set high goals. By April, we need to analyze where we are honestly at, including making factual predictions and re-analyze goals as necessary. Marking progress or lack thereof is something we must do as humans in achieving any goal, a clear path must be laid as the means to an end. This process is remarkably natural for Entrepreneurs who seem superbly adept at setting and achieving lofty goals. Global stewardship and international business alliances are intrinsically linked in today’s economy, natural resources make our stock markets tick and environmentally ethical and responsible businesses thrive like the aorta.

So what does the IRS have in common with Earth Day besides sharing the month of April?

The IRS has actually done their part in addressing their biggest source of irresponsible waste, paper! According to the IRS in 2010 , approximately %70 of all taxpayers used the e-file services, thereby saving a forest of trees.

  • Analyzing the numbers is difficult work, but a necessary evil in business operations. The IRS knows that this process is critical on a national level, and without their known deadline, would we ever open the shoebox and really analyze our business finances honestly?
  • Tax credits are likes pats on the back. We shouldn’t shoot the messenger, which really is what the IRS has become in dictating guidelines from our Federal Government. Making large purchases or investments for energy efficient, fuel saving, or green retrofitting may be an expensive decision initially, tax time is when you are reminded, acknowledged and rewarded in some measurable way.
  • The celebration of Earth Day is intended for everyone (globally) to ethically be aware of their impact, involvement and responsibility toward their local and global environment. The IRS requires us to use ethics when handling of receipts, reporting and paying a fair share. Regardless if we agree with others decisions, being ethic in business affairs and your impact on the environment is part of being socially responsible.
  • If you must write a fat check to the IRS this year, try thinking of it as your payment for your right to conduct business and make money. We all know that free enterprise isn’t really “free”, it just means equal opportunity. Being protected by our military and having national security comes at a cost and taking care of our elderly is just the “right thing to do”. The system may not be idyllic for all, but it is also thankfully not socialism or anarchy.

The connections may be stretching a little, but the fact remains that in today’s workplace, business is best conducted by being ecologically conscious. Consumers support green businesses, the federal government is addressing environmental issues globally, and the butterfly effect is evident. Regulators are as necessary as bosses in the workplace, be it the EPA or the IRS, watchdogs keep us safe.

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