Wondering how to properly keep track of your Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts (IOLTA). To many small businesses, keeping records is downright confusing. We recommend keeping track of individual client funds. The best way to accomplish that is to set up your Chart of Accounts using subaccounts for each client.
Capitalizing versus expensing purchases is a common question for small business owners. The way purchases are accounted for can sometimes make the difference between a year-end income statement that shows a profit and one that shows a loss. Having a Capitalization Policy will help your bookkeeper easily enter transactions into your QuickBooks or other financial software.
What do you need in an Expense Report? To save you and your bookkeeper time, incorporate the following seven features into your Expense Report.
If your small business has fixed assets or property, how do you determine the amount of depreciation to be entered into QuickBooks? Best practice is to use your accountant’s depreciation schedule, adjusting journal entries or an accountant copy update file to bring your QB in line with the tax return. If none are available, use this approach:
It's all about the report! How often are you checking your books for accuracy? Reviewing a P&L (profit and loss statement) is a great practice to see how you’re netting out each month. But reviewing the GL (General Ledger) can quickly show you where something’s not adding up, or you've incorrectly entered data.
5-Point Checklist: What to Send Your Accountant
Where does the time go? If you are already looking at the calendar and wondering how to accomplish a lot of reporting in a short time for tax season, we understand.
Yes it is 1099 season! If you are a small business and don’t have bookkeeping support, what is the quickest way to get your 1099s out to the correct vendors?
Businesses are required to send a 1099 to:
- Service providers that you paid $600 or more
- Your landlord for the rent you paid
- All attornies even if they are incorporated
Who don’t you send a 1099 to?
- Suppliers of products like utilities or office supplies
The two easiest ways to file are:
Old uncleared checks in the bank register
Payments in Undeposited Funds that have been deposited
Payments on invoices that have been deleted
Unreconciled bank accounts going back a year