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    Cheryl Coyle


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    Is My Dog Deductible? What Small Business Expenses Are Deductible?

    We receive a lot of interesting questions about deductions. Recently, the deductibility of a pet was a topic of conversation. The scenario is a dog who “works” alongside his person who happens to be a truck driver. The dog (named Clutch) is outfitted in company gear and takes his job of protecting the driver very seriously. Clutch is also in charge of client relations and makes sure to woo all customers with his adorable demeanor. Despite his clear value in company operations, Clutch’s expenses are unfortunately not considered deducible by the IRS.

    Getting to Know QBO Management Reports

    Need polished reports for your banker, directors, or investors? The Management Reports feature is a simple, yet powerful feature in QuickBooks Online (QBO).

    Do You Really Have to Reconcile Your Bank Accounts?

    In short, yes. It is recommended that small businesses reconcile their accounts at least monthly, although some small businesses reconcile daily for cash flow reasons. This step-by-step video shows how to reconcile your bank account using QuickBooks.

    The process of comparing your balance (known as the book balance) to the bank’s records (bank balance) is important for the following reasons: 

    What Does a Bookkeeper Do?

    Bookkeepers are an integral part of your financial process. They do the heaving lifting to keep your financial information up to date and correct.

    Do I Need an Accountant, Bookkeeper, Controller, or Fractional CFO?

    It can be confusing for small business owners to determine what professional service is needed. Typically, more than one service is necessary. Below are the differences in professional services available for you to determine which ones are best for your business.

    Major Issue: Undeposited Funds Managed Incorrectly

    9 out of 10 clean-up projects we work on involve mismanaged undeposited funds. Sometimes thousands of entries are hiding behind the scenes. As a result, income is overstated and our client doesn’t have a realistic grasp of how their business is doing.

    How to Match Biweekly Payroll to Monthly Income

    If you pay your employees every other week but your income is recognized monthly, your revenue will not be matched to the expenses that helped earn it. On your income statement (P&L), expenses would be understated some months and overstated others.

    What to Cover in a Monthly Financial Review Meeting

    One of the benefits of hiring an accounting/bookkeeping expert is the ability to meet with them after month-end close, to have them explain your financial statements to you and to help draw your attention to important aspects of the financial data. A monthly financial review meeting is a good starting point to ensuring your business is staying on track. Here is what we recommend you review:

    How to Catch Up On Your Bookkeeping

    A common first task for many of the new clients that engage BudgetEase is catching up their QuickBooks file to date. Often times, it has been years since a reconciliation has been done, principle and interest have been lumped together for just as long or the bank feeds have not been cleared of transactions. When tackling such a project, organization and the setting of expectations is important. Whether you are an accountant beginning to catch up a file or a business owner that has an outdated QuickBooks file, it pays to have an understanding of what the catch-up journey might look like.

    What Exactly is QuickBooks Cash + Envelopes?

    Intuit has aligned with a bank called Green Dot to provide QuickBooks Online users with an integrated checking account. This account, called “QuickBooks Cash and Envelopes,” is designed to house funds received from your QuickBooks Payments merchant services. Per Intuit, it “combines a checking account, savings envelopes, merchant service payments, and a cash flow planner all in one integrated interface.” Here is a quick look at Intuit’s selling points:

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