ebs Associates Blog

Small Business Accounting & Technology

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

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

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

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

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

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: New QuickBooks Features, QuickBooks Settings, QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Company File, Cyber Security Awareness, 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

5 Tips for Conducting a Successful Interview & Key Questions

Posted by Hanna Vieregg on Jan 31, 2018

The interview process is essential for guiding your business to success. Hiring not only a qualified professional for the job, but also a good fit for the company is important for your business growth. Below is a list of key tips to effectively conduct an interview that allows you to clearly understand the candidate both on and off paper.  

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Topics: Small Business Ideas

14 Tips to Turbocharge your Outlook

Posted by Geo Townsend on Jan 15, 2018

 

Millions of businesses use Microsoft Outlook as their primary email and calendar client. That in and of itself is an indicator of its utility. This being said however, very few of us actually know how to make the best of its features. The tips and tricks we show you in this article will help you save time, work more efficiently and synchronize work and home life (if so desired).

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Topics: QuickBooks Add-ons & Extensions, Small Business Ideas

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