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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

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

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

The Beginner's Guide to Sales Tax in QuickBooks

Posted by Jakob Mann on Aug 8, 2018

A variety of businesses must collect sales tax as part of their business operations, remitting those funds to the appropriate government agency on a predetermined schedule. The process of correctly collecting, recording, and paying these sales tax liabilities can be somewhat daunting at first, but QuickBooks has some tools built in that can help this go more smoothly.

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Topics: QuickBooks Software, QuickBooks Desktop, QuickBooks Enterprise, QuickBooks Pro, QuickBooks Premier, Taxes, Sales Tax

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

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