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Denise Loter-Koch

Denise Loter-Koch offers more than 30 years of experience assisting business owners, managers and bookkeepers with their accounting and bookkeeping, as well as teaching bookkeeping, accounting and QuickBooks classes, webinars and seminars throughout the western United States.
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7 Misconceptions About Your Business Tax Returns

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Aug 13, 2018

One of the biggest hurdles you'll face in running your own business is staying on top of your numerous obligations to federal, state, and local tax agencies. Tax codes seem to be in a constant state of flux, making the Internal Revenue Code barely understandable to most people.

The old legal saying that "ignorance of the law is no excuse" is perhaps most often applied in tax settings and it is safe to assume that a tax auditor presenting an assessment of additional taxes, penalties, and interest will not look kindly on an "I didn't know I was required to do that" claim. On the flip side, it is surprising how many small businesses actually overpay their taxes, neglecting to take deductions they're legally entitled to that can help them lower their tax bill.

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Topics: Small Business Accounting, Taxes, Taxes in Oregon, Small Business Ideas

Your Guide to the Net Investment Income Tax

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Aug 8, 2018

While the Net Investment Income Tax (NIIT) tends to affect wealthier individuals most often, in certain circumstances, it can also affect moderate-income taxpayers whose income increases significantly in a given tax year. Here's what you need to know.

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Topics: Small Business Accounting, Sales Tax, Taxes in Oregon, Small Business Ideas

How to Track Time in QuickBooks Desktop II

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Aug 3, 2018

Last month, we learned about getting QuickBooks ready for time-tracking by activating it in Preferences and creating a record for a service item. This month, the focus is on using that record in the two different ways you will be using it in QuickBooks: to pay employees for their hourly work and to bill customers for services.

Recording Employee Hours

There are two ways to enter hours for your employees who provide services to customers and are paid by the hour. The first is to create a work ticket for a single activity. Click Enter Time on the home page, and then Time/Enter Single Activity to open this window:

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Topics: Customer Relationship Management, Small Business Accounting, QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Premier, Taxes, QuickBooks Invoices, QuickBooks Desktop

Tax Breaks for Businesses Hiring New Employees

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Aug 1, 2018

If you're thinking about hiring new employees this year, you won't want to miss out on tax breaks available to businesses with employees.

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Topics: Small Business Accounting, Taxes, Taxes in Oregon, Small Business Ideas

How to track time in QuickBooks Desktop

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Jul 30, 2018

When you sell a product to a customer, you know it. It goes away, and your inventory count in QuickBooks is reduced by one. This tracking helps you know what is selling and what is not, and it signals when a reorder is due.

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Topics: QuickBooks Warehouse Inventory Management, Small Business Accounting, QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Premier, Sales Tax, Taxes, QuickBooks Desktop, TSheets

Payroll Expenses for Employers

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Jul 25, 2018

Federal law requires most employers to withhold federal taxes from their employees' wages. Whether you're a small business owner who's just starting out or one who has been in business a while and is ready to hire an employee or two, here are five things you should know about withholding, reporting, and paying employment taxes.

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Topics: Small Business Accounting, Taxes, Taxes in Oregon, Small Business Ideas

Five Tax Deductions that Disappeared in 2018

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Jul 17, 2018

Under tax reform, taxpayers who itemize should be aware that deductions they may have previously counted on to reduce their taxable income have disappeared in 2018.

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Topics: Small Business Accounting, Taxes, Taxes in Oregon, Small Business Ideas

How To Customize Forms in QuickBooks Desktop 2018

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Jun 20, 2018

 Every opportunity you have to interact with your customers and vendors is critical. How you present yourself reveals a lot about you. Are you efficient and friendly over the phone, in person, or in email? Do you handle order and payment issues quickly and carefully?

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Topics: QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Premier, Customize Form Templates, QuickBooks Invoices, QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Training or How To

Getting Started With: QuickBooks Online Payroll

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on May 18, 2018

Payroll introduces another layer of complexity within small business accounting. Beyond ensuring your employees are paid on time, you’re also responsible for managing employee benefits and payroll taxes.  

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Topics: QuickBooks Settings, Small Business Accounting, QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Online, Taxes, Payroll Setup, QuickBooks Training or How To

QuickBooks 2015 is Being Discontinued - What You Need to Know

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Apr 11, 2018

If you’re using QuickBooks Desktop 2015, access to important add-on services will stop working as of May 31st, 2018. You can prevent your essential add-on services from becoming obsolete by upgrading to  QuickBooks Desktop 2018.

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Topics: News & Resources, QuickBooks Upgrades, QuickBooks Add-ons & Extensions, QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Premier, QuickBooks Desktop, Payroll Setup, QuickBooks Sunset Versions

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