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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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Tax Records: Frequently Asked Questions | ebs Associates

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Oct 11, 2018

What pieces of paper do I need to keep in order to do my taxes? Keep detailed records of your income, expenses, and other information you report on your tax return. A good set of records can help you save money when you do your taxes and will be your trusty ally in case you are audited.

There are several types of records that you should keep. Most experts believe it's wise to keep most types of records for at least seven years, and some you should keep indefinitely.

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

10 Tax Tips for Individuals Selling a Home this Year

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Sep 6, 2018

In most cases, gains from sales are taxable. But did you know that if you sell your home, you may not have to pay taxes? Here are ten facts to keep in mind if you sell your home this year.

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Topics: Taxes, Small Business Accounting, QuickBooks ProAdvisor, News & Resources

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

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.

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

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 Ideas, Small Business Accounting, Taxes, Taxes in Oregon

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, TSheets, Small Business Accounting, Taxes, QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Premier, Sales Tax, QuickBooks Software

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

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

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

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