Law firm trust accounting overview

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Banking, Law firm, Legal

This post is meant for non-lawyers and people who want a general understanding of the topic. Lawyers should rely on more specific sources including their state bar associations. Rules vary by state and jurisdiction. These are just general principles. Client funds that are not earned legal fees must be kept in separate accounts and not commingled […]

QuickBooks “Pay Bills Online” (New feature)

Posted 1 CommentPosted in Accounting, Banking, QuckBooks

I just set up and tested the internal “Pay Bills Online” feature of QuickBooks. Actually this is an integration between QuickBooks and The benefit is that bills can be paid without leaving the accounting software. (Prior to this I had to pay bills on my bank web site and then enter the payments manually […]

Small business problems with ‘bill pay’ services

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Banking, Small Business

One of the oddities of modern small business accounting is that banks have promoted services that send paper checks through the postal mail instead of transferring funds electronically. These are called ‘bill pay’ services. Some portion of these paper checks are ‘lost in the mail’ and some skeptical people wonder if this is the reason that […]

Keep the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Independent

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Banking, Data Management, Government, News and Politics

In 2008 the United States suffered a previously unimaginable financial blow stemming from negligence, scandal and fraud at multiple levels of banking, Wall Street investment firms and government. We suffered but survived it by coming together, accepting the major financial setback to our lives, and taking steps to ensure that it did not happen again. One […]

Online Banking with Chase/Intuit

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Banking, QuckBooks

Chase Bank, the last large bank to resist automated online integration with customer accounting software, announced a deal with Intuit, the nation’s largest consumer and small business software firm. Now customers can automatically reconcile accounts, analyze performance reports, prepare tax filings and make bank transactions from a single secure software with little effort and without the […]

Trends in home ownership

Posted 3 CommentsPosted in Banking, Financial Planning, Investment, News and Politics

The rate of individual home ownership is stuck at the lowest point in our lifetime. The trend will be further aggravated in 2017 as interest rates rise, real estate tax incentives diminish, and disposable income falls for the lower half of American households. Yet it remains unclear whether the homeownership issue indicates a serious underlying economic problem or a […]

How I “wowed” a small business accounting client today

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Accounting, Banking, QuckBooks, Small Business

I don’t think that small business accountants have many opportunities to “wow” a client. Marketers would probably say I am short-selling myself on this opportunity and that I could find more ways to impress if I really looked for these opportunities. I get it. But the reality is that daily life of a small business […]

Trump’s evolving priorities

Posted Leave a commentPosted in Affordable Care Act, Banking, News and Politics, Small Business

What do we know so far about the incoming Trump administration’s priorities and evolving 100 day plan?  Specifically, how will it affect my small business clients? What issues should advisers focus on with clients? Over the past five weeks we’ve heard these position statements that I am using personally to base my own economic forecasts. […]