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 […]

Misunderstandings of tax treatment of health insurance

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An article in Forbes earlier this month was apparently misunderstood by some readers. PPACA is certainly difficult and some issues are not yet resolved. But we should not let that confusion undermine our understanding of basis tax principles governing the treatment of health insurance premiums paid by an employer. I suggest that it would be good […]

Testing small business social media marketing message for CPA/benefits practice

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Today I plan to test this new social media marketing message on a sample of my small business owner connections. It is meant to incorporate the components of the advice I’m reading lately on how to do this type of social media marketing. I deliberately tried to include an immediacy point, a focus on the reader, […]

When QuickBooks is a no-brainer

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I ran into an old friend by chance on a Philadelphia sidewalk today. We used to see each other often but now he lives more than an hour away with his three dogs at a rural country place in beautiful upper Bucks Country. He knows that I am an accountant but we’ve never “talked business” […]

Obamacare adviser blues

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Some of the telephone and email requests I receive for professional help with Obamacare include phrases like: My theory is … I heard that… My brother-in-law says that … I have a hard time expressing in a socially acceptable manner that as a professional. I cannot and do not have any significant regard for what […]