Financial Planning Considerations When Your Business is Losing Money

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This post was inspired by the stories of some of my neighbors and clients in southern New Jersey. Most were struggling with  a weak economy before super storm Sandy hit in late 2012. Those that re-opened over the next few years face continued business losses and the prospect of continued weakening of the local economy […]

Fixed Asset Accounts in QuickBooks Online

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Here is something I learned about the conversion of fixed asset accounts (like machinery or vehicles) from QuickBooks desktop to QuickBooks Online. (While I am a QuickBooks Online ProAdvisor and currently in the middle of studying for advanced certification, many new issues come up on a daily basis that are not obvious or well-documented. This […]

QuickBooks: comparing desktop and online versions

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I’ve had a few more questions lately about the difference between the desktop and online versions of QuickBooks. The online version expands many areas of capability with few known downsides. According to Intuit, the following features are available in QuickBooks Online (QBO) that are not available in the desktop version.  Access to data easily across multiple platforms, […]

New pricing for QuickBooks Online

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QuickBooks Online will have new higher pricing for new accounts effective March 9. Current pricing is listed at http://quickbooks.intuit.com/online/compare/. Monthly rates for new customers: Retail through a ProAdvisor Simple Start (previously $9.95) $12.95 $6.50 Essentials – includes bill pay and 3 users (previously $19.95) $26.95 $13.50 Plus – includes inventory tracking, class tracking, expense by customer, […]

More on disappearance of book-to-tax accounting feature

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I’ve been involved in some online discussions as to why Intuit apparently introduced this book-to-tax feature after I completed my tax filing last year but then removed the feature when I needed it this year! Intuit gave no explanation either online or when I called except to sat that it will be re-introduced after the […]

Five Things I’ve Learned From Tax Preparers

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Last month I joined an online discussion group of tax preparers. My past experience is that every online discussion group has its own personality and you don’t know the tone of the group until you really get involved. This is my first year preparing tax returns after being completely out of the field for 9 […]

Why I am furious with QuickBooks right now

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A copy of an email advertisement for Book-to-tax feature. Intuit is fond of asking me frequently if I am satisfied with their QuickBooks product and would be willing to recommend their product to others. I’ve used it for 20+ years and have been a long-time QuickBooks ProAdviser. I’ve always been clear that my loyalty is due […]

CPA communication with a prior tax preparer

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Is it ever appropriate for a CPA tax preparer to communicate with the prior CPA tax preparer in order to gain an understanding of a proposed tax engagement? Consider this situation: Prospective tax client presents his prior tax returns with a request to prepare the current tax return and all appears to be in order except […]

Even small nonprofits can benefit from online accounting

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Since the early days of online accounting, I’ve preached that some of the obvious beneficiaries of this technology are nonprofit groups. One primary advantage is decentralization of information. In the past only the Treasurer might have had access. Board members might be updated at periodic meetings. Now all board members with access to the online books […]