What’s New for QuickBooks 2014?

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By Candace Spencer CPA , MAFM and Certified QuickBooks Pro Advisor If you own a small to medium-sized business, the odds are good that you’re using QuickBooks as your financial reporting tool. Depending on which version you are currently using, it’s also likely that many of the features are scheduled to be discontinued. Each year when Intuit releases a new QuickBooks edition, they also sunset, or no longer support or provide technical assistance for, a particular version that is several years older. This also means that certain features will no longer function. These include bill pay, online banking, accountant’s copy file transfer, payroll services, credit card processing, and emailing of customer invoices using QuickBooks email service. This year on May 31, 2014, QuickBooks 2011 will ride into the sunset. Therefore, if you have any version of QuickBooks earlier than 2012 and use the features scheduled to be sunsetted, you should consider purchasing QuickBooks 2014. Here are some … [Read more...]

Are Your Books A Mess?

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By Stacey Gorowitz, CPA, MBA Just as in personal life, most of us are eager to start our businesses off on the right foot in the New Year. One of the best places to focus attention on is bookkeeping and accounting. If you’re on top of this, you’ll have a good view of the health of your business and be able to make informed decisions as the year progresses. And yet, it’s very common, even for successful companies, to let accounting take a back seat to other operational areas. Here are some questions you should ask yourself as 2014 begins. They may help you find out just how much work you need to do to get your books into shape. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar to you? If you have several businesses, is the accounting and record-keeping set up separately for each company and separate from your personal finances so that you have a clear picture of operations? This is step one to good financial management for your business and your personal finances. Can you look at … [Read more...]

1099s Repealed for Corporations! So Do You Need to File Them at All?

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By Stacey Gorowitz, CPA, MBA Although the IRS officially repealed the onerous expanded information reporting requirements for payments made to corporations, the stakes are higher with enhanced penalties for failing to file 1099s when required. Here’s a brief summary explaining when and to whom you do need to file Form 1099 for 2013: When: 1099s are required to be sent to vendors by January 31, 2014 and the corresponding 1099s and summary form 1096 are required to be sent to the IRS by February 28, 2014. Who: All individuals and partnerships including certain corporations to whom you’ve paid $600 or more during the year must be issued a 1099. Individuals would include nonemployees (EX:  Day laborers or subcontractors), etc. Additionally, 1099 reporting is also required for: Rental payments for office space, as well as equipment and machinery. Royalties paid of $10 or more are also included in the 1099 reporting requirement. There are a few exceptions to the general … [Read more...]

2014 – IRS Standard Mileage Rates Announced

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By Stacey Gorowitz, CPA, MBA It’s time to reveal the long-awaited IRS standard mileage rates for 2014. And they are (drumroll, please): 56 cents per mile for the optional business standard mileage rate 23.5 cents per mile for qualified medical and moving expenses 14 cents per each mile driven for charitable purposes Let the celebrations begin! But wait – aren’t some of those numbers lower than last year’s rates? Yes, your memory does not deceive you. The IRS has reduced the optional business standard and medical/moving expense rates from their 2013 levels of 56.5 and 24 cents per mile, respectively. (The charitable miles rate remains the same.) With gas prices generally trending lower than they have been in recent years, the IRS thought it prudent to reduce mileage cost deduction rates to reflect the change. … [Read more...]