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Tax Saving Frequently Asked Questions | ebs Associates

Posted by Denise Loter-Koch on Oct 19, 2018

This Financial Guide answers frequently asked questions surrounding tax saving ventures; and provides tax saving strategies for deferring income, and maximizing deductions; it also includes some strategies for specific categories of individuals, such as those with high income and those who are self-employed.

Before getting into the specifics, however, we would like to stress the importance of proper documentation

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

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

What Are the New Features of QuickBooks Desktop 2019?

Posted by Jakob Mann on Sep 20, 2018

It’s that time of year again. If you’ve been using QuickBooks desktop for a while now, you probably know that new versions of the software typically release each fall. This year is no different, and with the impending release of QuickBooks desktop 2019, Intuit had included several new features that are going to save a lot of us some time and effort.

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Topics: QuickBooks Software, New QuickBooks Features, QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Import and Export, Small Business Accounting, QuickBooks Invoices, Vendor Management, Customer Relationship Management

How to Extract Reporting Data from QuickBooks Desktop into Excel

Posted by Jakob Mann on Sep 10, 2018

QuickBooks reports can be a useful way to get a better look at your data. But as you may have seen, there are times when you need to take the data we get from QuickBooks and expand on it.

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Topics: QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Reporting, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Premier, QuickBooks Training or How To, QuickBooks Import and Export, QuickBooks Software, Small Business Accounting

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

Your Primer on Automating Your Business & Record Keeping

Posted by Lester San Jose on Aug 22, 2018

It goes without saying: complete and accurate financial record keeping is crucial to your business success. Good records provide the financial data helping you operate more efficiently. It becomes more important, as year-end preparation looms around the corner.

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Topics: Taxes in Oregon, Taxes, Sales Tax, QuickBooks Software, Small Business Ideas, Small Business Accounting, QuickBooks Desktop, Vendor Management, QuickBooks Warehouse Inventory Management, QuickBooks Add-ons & Extensions

QuickBooks Keyboard Shortcuts - How to Do More in Less Time.

Posted by Jakob Mann on Aug 13, 2018

One of my favorite ways to save time when I’m learning new software is to try and learn the shortcut keys for some of my more common tasks. The less time I need to spend poking around in menus and sub-menus, the more actual work I can get done. By learning some valuable shortcut keys, I give myself access to useful tools literally at my fingertips. Like most software these days, QuickBooks also includes a lot of great shortcut keys. Let’s look at some of the ones we love to use here at ebs Associates.

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Topics: QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Premier, QuickBooks Software, Small Business Ideas, Small Business Accounting, QuickBooks Invoices

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

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