QuickBooks Help Save Small Businesses Money at Tax Time

Many small businesses use QuickBooks for their bookkeeping software. It is a fabulous way to maintain financial records in a convenient way, especially around tax time. If done correctly, your QuickBooks file should make tax time a breeze. However, if you have made small mistakes in recording throughout the year, you may be paying more taxes than you owe. Overpaying is never a good thing for a small business, so to avoid this situation you should have a qualified consultant review your files to look for mistakes you may have made during the year.

One way an error can happen when a business owner contributes their own money to their business. It happens now and then that you may have to use your money for a business expense. If this money is simply recorded as income, it will be taxed. This type of income must be specified as an owner contribution to the business within your QuickBooks file in order to avoid being taxed. Don’t make this mistake and find yourself paying tax on your own money.

Often, instead of giving money to use for your business, a business owner will loan money to their business. These are funds that will be paid back to the owner, possibly at a more stable financial time in the business. Remember, you only pay sales tax on income not on loans or contributions. Record this type of credit as loan so it will not be mistakenly taxed as income.

Many business owners use credit cards to make purchases for their business. QuickBooks is able to sort these charges and recognizes them as expenses for your business if they are recorded correctly. Suppose you purchase new office furniture from a superstore and simply record the total amount spent. QuickBooks needs to know what type of expense this was so that it could be correctly classified. This would be an office expense, and would be a tax deduction for your business. Take the time to specifically record credit card charges rather than just a one-time charge to your credit card company in order to receive accurate deductions.

QuickBooks also keeps track of how much sales tax you will need to pay to the state. However, if you have not recorded each of your income and expense transactions correctly, the sales tax payment may be too high. For each sale to customer, the amount of the tax must be recorded separately from the cost of the item. The amount you will pay to the comptroller will also need to be correctly recorded through the ‘Pay Sales Tax Liability’ window.

Finally, a common mistake people make both in business and in personal finance is incorrect recording of ATM or debit card purchases. It’s easy to swipe your card making a quick transaction and be on your way. It is crucial to record each debit or ATM use correctly. Think of it as each time you use a debit card, it’s just like writing a check and must be recorded just like a check would be.

Anyone who uses QuickBooks knows the value of this software. It makes the business owner or bookkeepers job much easier. However, it is always a good idea to have an experienced QuickBooks help consultant review your file at tax time to make sure you are not paying too much in taxes.

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PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

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When You Need Accounting or QuickBooks Help for Your Business

By Desirae Washington

If you have recently started a business or have been in business for a while and are now in need of bookkeeping or QuickBooks help, it may be time to seek the help of an experienced and qualified professional. You may attempt to do you own bookkeeping or fix problems related to your QuickBooks file yourself, but at some point this may do more harm than good and the money you saved is suddenly not worth the hassle. There is no reason that you can’t take care of your own books as long as you have the necessary training and time on hand. You also have to take into consideration the dreadful nightmare if your unorganized books result in an IRS audit of your tax returns. Your accounting system must be well-kept so that you know how profitable your business is doing and that your tax returns are prepared accurately.

When you encounter one of the issues below, it is time to get bookkeeping help or QuickBooks help for your business.

You have started to pay yourself or your employees and now have payroll taxes to pay and payroll forms to file.
You can’t tell which expenses are ordinary, necessary and reasonable for tax purposes.
Your bookkeeping system does not provide a clear picture of income and expenses.
Your QuickBooks file has general ledger errors resulting in inaccurate tax data.
Your profit margin does not look accurate.
You have a headache from your own bookkeeping.

If you are a sole proprietor, you do not need to hire employees and pay payroll taxes. If your business is a corporation, partnership or LLC and has decided to add employees, one of the most important procedures becomes processing payroll and paying payroll taxes. You will need an EIN, to withhold taxes from employees, pay employment, unemployment and social security taxes. You will file quarterly and years payroll taxes as well as year-end W2 forms. This can be a daunting task if you decide to do it on your own. You may want to seek a payroll company, professional accountant or bookkeeper to process your payroll to avoid costly mistakes.

One of the main reasons business are audited by the IRS is due to improper classification or deduction of expenses. If the expense is not ordinary, necessary and reasonable for tax purposes, you may face an audit from the IRS. Personal expenses should always be kept separate from business expenses and should never be included on your business tax returns. You have to be able to back up and justify each and every business expense deducted.

If your business QuickBooks file is not setup properly, your general ledger accounts may cause a problem with bookkeeping and tax preparation. Getting a Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor or Accountant to provide QuickBooks help and bookkeeping help before your business tax returns are prepared could help you avoid costly mistakes. Your income and expense must be properly categorized to generate accurate financial statements and tax returns.

Your accounting system should provide a very clear picture of the business income and expenses. If you know your business made profits for the year, but your QuickBooks accounting file is showing no profit or a loss, there may be a problem that needs to be researched and fixed. You should not attempt to fix the problem yourself if it would get your books into a further mess. Get QuickBooks help to determine if your books are setup properly and all income and expenses are flowing to the proper accounts. This is detrimental to proper tax return filing.

If you are just fed up with doing your bookkeeping yourself and the headache is just not worth it, it is time to hire a professional bookkeeper or accountant so that you can focus on growing your business and other important areas of business management. If you can’t afford to hire a full-time bookkeeper, you may want to look into part-time bookkeeping and accounting help from an outside company that specialize in bookkeeping and QuickBooks help. A Certified QuickBooks ProAdvisor can provide such as QuickBooks review, QuickBooks setup, QuickBooks quarterly tune-up and QuickBooks training if you wish to continue doing your own books but need to learn the basics to produce accurate books and tax returns.

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Our approach is to provide a definitive yet thorough assessment allowing you, and your company, to consider a broad overview of alternatives to manage the challenges and enhance the performance of your business.

In short, we identify opportunities, work with you and your organization, and enable you to take advantage of business potential and growth. The move to part time, on call, and virtual services has become more accepted in the business world over the past few years. For a fraction of the cost of a full time employee, a small business can have the Controller / CFO function filled by an experienced professional.

We are headquartered in the Tampa Bay area; a portion of our work is handled remotely, yet, we are able to talk, meet, and work with you on a regular periodic basis.

PETER DESMIDT has more than 48 years of accounting, cost accounting, and systems implementation (including QuickBooks, Intuit, Enterprise, Passport, RealWorld, Peachtree, Great Plains, Dynamics, Sage, Direct Systems, SouthWare, ACCPAC, and Computer Associates software) experience, as well as management positions with companies like Atlantic Richfield, Signode, Norlin Industries and R.R. Donnelley and Sons. Peter DeSmidt’s specific experience is as a CFO, Controller, Accounting Manager and Advisory Consultant. He holds a BA Degree majoring in Accounting and an MBA Degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Science. As we are a small business ourselves, we understand what it takes to get a small company off the ground and on the right track.

Contact us for a free initial telephone consultation to discuss the immediate and long term benefits that we can offer you.

We provide part-time offsite and onsite CFO, Controller, Accounting, Cost Accounting, Forecasting, Inventory Management, Cost Control, QuickBooks Problem Solving, and QuickBooks Training Services to small and medium sized businesses.

Visit our website www.desmidtconsulting.com

Visit our mobile website www.desmidtconsulting.mobi

Contact us www.desmidtconsulting.com/contactus.html

813-252-9490

Thank you,

Peter DeSmidt, BA, MBA, PA

QuickBooks Certified Advanced ProAdvisor

Microsoft Certified Accounting Application Specialist

Microsoft Certified Installation Specialist

Contact us to inquire about our Accounting and QuickBooks Services.

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