Harriet Gatter

Harriet Gatter
Leaving Credit Card Charges as Journal Entries

Question: Can I enter credit card charges as journal entries in QuickBooks Premier? Answer: QuickBooks strongly discourages making journal entries, except in a few rare instances. You should not enter credit card charges as journal entries. QuickBooks has an icon on the homepage just for that. It’s in the lower righthand corner of the homepage…

How to Handle Credit Card Fees in QuickBooks

Question: I have customers that pay me by credit card, but the credit card company takes out fees. I am receiving less than the total amount on the invoice. How do I handle that in QuickBooks Premier? Answer: I am seeing this situation more often, where the credit card company takes out the fees and…

Why Use QuickBooks Over Sending Statements to Accountants?

Question: I send my bank and credit card statements to my accountant at year end to do my taxes. What benefits are there to using something like QuickBooks instead? Answer: There are lots of reasons. First, in QuickBooks, you are able to write and submit orders to customers and suppliers. From there, you can track…

Know When Your Customers Are Tax Exempt

Question: I am creating an item in QuickBooks Premier, and it makes me select it as "Tax" or "Non for Sales Taxes." Sometimes it is taxable and sometimes not, depending on the customer. What do I do? Answer: If an item is ever subject to sales tax in your state, create it as a tax item.…

How to Switch from Cash to Accrual

Question: Can I just switch from cash to accrual basis in my company? There is a button to do that in QuickBooks. Answer: Generally, you cannot switch your basis from cash to accrual or accrual to cash without a significant and legitimate business reason, and a government sanction, too. That being said, QuickBooks does have…

How to Calculate Gross Profit by Sales Rep in QuickBooks

Question: I have sales reps that I pay based on gross profit. Can I do these reports in QuickBooks? Answer: Unfortunately, no, QuickBooks does not calculate gross profit by sales rep for non-inventory items, which is 98 percent of our industry. I am working on a solution to this problem for some of my clients,…

Clarity and Organization are Key in QuickBooks

Question: Can you clarify "Customers," "Vendors," "Employees" and "Other Names?" Too often I use "Other Names." Is that right? Answer: No. It is best to set these up correctly from the beginning. Fixing later is difficult. In this section, QuickBooks allows a name to be used only one time. If you put everyone in "Other…

Make Sure Your Supplier's Purchase Order Matches the Invoice

Question: Do I need to make changes to my supplier’s PO to match the supplier invoice? Answer: Yes, and making this adjustment is a standard and absolute best practice in our industry. The supplier’s invoice almost always differs from the original purchase order, and it is the final invoice numbers that need to be correctly…

Why Does My Purchase Order Appear as Open?

Question: Why do I have supplier purchase orders that show as open in QuickBooks Premier even though I know I have paid them? Answer: There could be two explanations. First, there are times that your supplier purchase order does not mark all items as closed even though they are paid. To check this, open the…

Do I Need Business Insurance?

Question: My accountant wants me to buy some business insurance. Is that something I should have? Answer: I, too, advise my clients to purchase business liability insurance. It can protect you and your assets in the event of a lawsuit. If you are a sole proprietor, your personal assets are at risk with a lawsuit.…

Delete Your Old Company Files in QuickBooks

Question: I have a few company files set up in QuickBooks Premier from businesses I started but no longer run. How do I delete them from the list of companies to open? Answer: These companies can be hidden but technically not deleted. Select "File," "Open Previous Company" to see the list of all the companies…

Using QuickBooks for Multiple Businesses

Question: I use QuickBooks Premier for my distributorship. I also run another small business. Can I use my QuickBooks program for that, too, or do I have to buy Premier again? Answer: You can set up another company or companies in QuickBooks Premier at no additional charge from QuickBooks. You do not have to purchase…

How to Delete Items in a List on QuickBooks

Question: I am working in QuickBooks Premier. I want to delete an item in a list, but QB will not let me. What can I do? Answer: QuickBooks will only allow you to delete an entry in a list if you have never used it before in your company file. If you have ever used…

Do I Really Have to Reconcile My Checking Account?

Question: I don’t like reconciling my checking account. Is there really a reason to do that? Answer: Monthly reconciliations are a critical part of your accounting. I could argue that it is one of the most important steps to making sure your records are complete and correct. Every month, you should reconcile each of your…

Your Accountant Suggests Illegal Activity. What Do You Do?

Question: My accountant is suggesting things that I know are not legal. What should I do? Answer: I would find a new accountant right away. You do not want to be tainted by the accountant’s lack of ethics and end up owing additional taxes, penalties or worse. There is a difference, however, between income tax…