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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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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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.

Ask us for help.

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 QuickBooks services; or to set up a free consultation telephone call.

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Are You Running Your Business Without a CFO? Seriously?


By Jon C Daiker

The role of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) -and the structure in which CFOs operate-varies significantly across organizations. Market complexity, revenue sources and budget size are important factors that drive how the CFO role is configured-and how the role evolves over time.

The past decade has seen dramatic changes to the role of CFO – an evolution from a “bean counter” who reported the numbers and controlled over-all costs to a dynamic, strategic member of the management team. The responsibilities of today’s CFO have gone well beyond the finance function as more time is expended on strategy and operating issues and less on budgeting and accounting. Increasing business pressures, government regulatory intervention, the tight economy and a need to measure the operating performance of a company in order to stay ahead of the competition has transformed the “green eye-shaded” CFO into a key business partner of the CEO.

An interim CFO can fulfill a vital role in keeping a company on track, both in terms of day-to-day operations as well as longer term strategic objectives during these transitions. According to The CFO Expert, Samuel Dergel, even if a company is truly serious about hiring their next CFO and makes the search a priority, it could take up to 3 months to complete the search. “Can a company afford to leave this position unfilled for up to 3 months or more”?

In order to answer that question, let’s look at some of the responsibilities of the CFO on which organizations have become very dependent.

Cash flow is of utmost importance for all companies, and a tight economy really exacerbates managing the cash flow situation. To be successful, today’s CFO needs to manage both sides of the balance sheet.

On the asset side, managing the company’s accounts receivable balance becomes critical. How many days’ sales are outstanding compared to a year ago, compared to industry standards, compared to the company’s best ever? Has the company’s aging deteriorated? What can be done to accelerate collection? How much will it cost? What has been written off and why? Does the credit extension policy need revision in light of economic conditions? No business can afford to lose sight of any credit extension factors and the collection of outstanding accounts receivable balances. Who is the key to all this? —-the CFO and the financial staff.

Again, on the asset side of the balance sheet, a potentially huge use of cash that needs to be managed is inventory level. In a tight economy, consumer spending habits change. In response, production output probably needs to be reduced. However, cutback production too far and sales may be missed. A lot of analytical work needs to be done by the CFO and the financial staff to understand which SKUs are moving on a regular basis and which ones have started to stagnate. If production is cut, what facility is most efficient and has the capacity to meet new needs? What are the economics of the labor agreements in the plants where downsizing would occur? No business can afford to lose sales, build inventories without demand or make bad decisions on plant cutbacks. Who is the key to all this? —- the CFO and the financial staff.

One last area of concern on the asset side of the balance sheet is capital improvements. Even in good economic conditions, capital investment decisions are somewhat subjective. There are always a lot of assumptions that need to be made and challenged. A tight economic environment only intensifies the decision making process. And when funds requested are for an intangible like software, assumptions are difficult to challenge and evaluate. No business can afford to forego ROI and Payback analysis at any time, let alone in a tight economy. Who is the key to all this? —- the CFO and the financial staff.

Turning to the right side of the balance sheet, accounts payable and accrued expenses can be an important source of funds from a cash flow perspective and require more scrutiny and management in tough economic times. Understanding vendor agreements and negotiating better terms are responsibilities of the CFO and the financial staff. No business can afford to leave a stone unturned if the goal is to maximize cash flow and minimize borrowing. Who is the key to all this? —- I think you know the answer!

One of the CFO’s primary responsibilities in all economic environments is ensuring there are adequate funds available through loans, lines of credit or equity. These agreements require continual monitoring to avoid default. Also, determining if market conditions are right for a refinance or equity offering are equally important. No business can afford to default – the market waits for no one, so be ready to refinance when appropriate. You know who is the key to these transactions.

The tactical responsibilities detailed above all support the day to day activities of cash flow management which by itself is a full time job. And that is before the control and reporting aspects of the CFO’s responsibilities are considered. When you add all the regulatory responsibilities that are now part of the CFO’s portfolio, the CFO is truly moving from “bean counter” to “jack of all trades”.

The CFO’s responsibilities go well beyond finance into balancing compliance and risk management with overall business performance. A CEO needs the CFO to take a leading role in shaping strategy that drives bottom line results while managing risk. Market conditions are continually changing and the CFO needs to recognize change as it relates both to control as well as business performance.

The executive team needs to seize opportunities as they arise. Understanding and monitoring evolving business drivers and developing models that portray the “what ifs” of new market conditions requires diligence as well as consistency. Management needs to know the deeper sense of how business will be affected by various scenarios. The CEO is no longer relying on marketing and business development to make these decisions without having applied the financial analysis tools of the CFO and the financial staff. No business can afford to approach these scenarios in a haphazard way, as a wrong turn could cost the company millions of dollars and a potential loss of market share. Who is better equipped to address these issues?

Increased business pressure and the tightening of purse strings are causing the CFO and CIO to work more closely together to leverage technology to cut costs and improve processes. The need for real-time operational and financial data and analyses is being demanded by management and the need to respond to the fast pace of today’s market conditions. Processes need to be streamlined to adapt to the ever-changing business and market demands to meet key business goals and improve the bottom line. Again, these decisions are more subjective and can negatively impact the bottom line if the appropriate analysis and due diligence are not performed. Here, again, you can’t afford to proceed down the process improvement path through technology improvements without the scrutiny and challenge of the CFO and the financial team.

With the changing focus of the CFO’s responsibilities and financial management in general, the CFO is becoming a strong business leader. More involved with the evolution of the company’s culture, concerned with the development and mentoring of the financial team, the CFO must now instill financial acuity into the whole organization. Assisting the CEO and other key management personnel with talent management is only the tip of the iceberg. Today’s CFO must instill a sense of confidence and credibility with all stakeholders….employees, customers, partners, business analysts, and shareholders.

The CFO’s role is no longer one just of stewardship, statistician and historian. The narrow purview of years past of reporting, compliance and controls, while still part the CFO’s responsibilities, has evolved into strategist, visionary, technology leader and communicator. The CFO role has become the glue that holds everything together and moves the organization forward—balancing compliance and risk management with business performance goals. CFOs have emerged as the key business partner to the CEO. CFOs require an understanding of the company’s markets and the evolving business drivers, as well as broad knowledge of the organization and the relationships between functions. And CFOs require the communication skills to recognize the concerns of all stakeholders and assure them that the accountability and integrity of the company and its management is not being compromised. A business that wants to become or remain a market leader and create value for the shareholders/owners cannot afford to be without the strong business leadership of the CFO for any period of time, including the candidate search window, without jeopardizing the company’s performance. That is why an experienced Interim CFO can add value in a time of change, provide steady and seasoned direction in a turbulent business situation, and continuity and counsel to the CEO, executive team and eventually to the new CFO. Every business of substance could use some CFO assistance whether it’s full-time, part-time, or on an interim basis.

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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.

Ask us for help.

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 CFO and Controller Services.

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