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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

Handling Fraud with QuickBooks Desktop  | Cyber Security

Posted by Lester San Jose on Oct 9, 2018

Whether your accounting tasks are done on a single PC or you have multiple users working on different screens, it's critical you make use of all that QuickBooks offers in terms of internal controls to tighten data security.

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Topics: QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Desktop, Cyber Security Awareness, QuickBooks Reporting, QuickBooks Company File, Small Business Ideas

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

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

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

What are Account Security and MFA Best Practices?

Posted by Lester San Jose on Jul 23, 2018

One of the many challenges businesses need to stay ahead of is cyber security. Many service providers and their products have added stricter requirements during the account creation and product acquisition stages. However, there are still service providers not having adapted their requirements to growing trends in Internet Security.

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Topics: Cyber Security Awareness, Small Business Ideas, QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Company File, QuickBooks Settings, New QuickBooks Features

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