Harriet Gatter

Harriet Gatter
Why You Should Reconcile Accounts Before Filing Sales Tax

Question: I filed my sales tax last week with the numbers in the QuickBooks sales tax liability report. When I ran the report again this week, the numbers had changed. What’s going on? Answer: Likely, you had not reconciled your checking account(s) before running the first sales tax report...

How to Plan for Year-End on QuickBooks

Many accounting systems can be quite complicated at year-end, requiring that you manually close the income and expense accounts into your balance sheet. This zeroes out the income and expense accounts to be ready to start another year. This is how your income and expenses go to zero at the start of a new year...

Managing SAGE and QuickBooks Users

Ask the Accountant… Question: I am switching to a SAGE system integrating with QB. Should I have the same number of users in each? Answer: Not necessarily. You will need as many users in SAGE as people in your organization who need access to research products, create presentations, access the Project Management area and write…

How to Avoid Too Many Entries in QuickBooks

Question: I just entered a whole bunch of entries for last year. Is there a way to avoid that? Answer: Yes, it’s easy to avoid too many entries in QuickBooks. In QB Premier and Enterprise. Go to Company > Set Closing Date > Set Date/Password. You can designate a specific date as a closing date—typically at year end...

Should I Upgrade to Windows 11 With QuickBooks?

Ask the Accountant… Question: I keep seeing pop-ups to upgrade to Windows 11. Is that a good idea? Answer: If you do that, you will likely run into problems if you are running QuickBooks Desktop. Currently, Intuit is testing QB 2022 with Windows 11. Indications are that earlier years of QB will not be tested…

Why Integrate QuickBooks With SAGE?

Question: I see that QuickBooks integrates with SAGE Online. What are the benefits of doing this? Answer: SAGE Online does integrate with the QB desktop products, Pro, Premier and Enterprise, and QuickBooks Online (QBO). It allows you to write orders in SAGE and export them into QB...

How Can I Use QuickBooks Premier While Out of the Office?

Question: I like QuickBooks Premier, but I would like to be able to use it when out of the office. Is there a way to do that? Answer: Yes, there are several ways to work remotely with QB Premier. One is using a remote viewer software, like LogMeIn or TeamViewer, where you can remotely log into the PC where your QB Premier...

How to Fix Payments from Check to Credit Card in QuickBooks

Ask the Accountant… Question: I recorded bill payments as being paid by check instead of by credit card. How do I fix that? Answer: QuickBooks is very forgiving. Just go into the checking account register and delete the payments you recorded by check or electronic payment. This will put the bills back into the "Pay…

What Happened to My Purchase Order Emails From QuickBooks?

Question: After I emailed a purchase order to a supplier in QB Premier, I used to see a message telling me that it had been emailed. I don’t see that anymore. What happened? Answer: You are probably talking about a pop-up message that said: “QuickBooks sent the email to your email application. Your email application will send it to the recipient.”...

Why Your Bookkeeper Should Have Experience In the QuickBooks Version You Use

Ask the Accountant… Question: I am thinking of hiring a bookkeeper who knows QuickBooks Online, but I use QuickBooks Premier. Are they the same, only one is online? Answer: No, QuickBooks Online and QB Premier are very different programs. They do not look alike at all and have very different functionalities. When hiring a bookkeeper,…

What Does QuickBooks Desktop Going Subscription Mean?

Intuit will be offering QB Desktop products via subscription-only, beginning with the 2022 releases. They (except for QB Accountant) will no longer be available by way of a one-time payment as they have in the past. QB Desktop products include QB Pro, Premier and Enterprise. Enterprise was converted to a subscription product two years ago...

Understanding Numbering in a Chart of Accounts

Ask the Accountant… Question: Do I need account numbers in addition to account names? If so, are there particular numbers? Answer: I like using account numbers with account names for accounts in the chart of accounts (COA) because it makes it easier to distinguish one account from another more readily, as some account names are…

What Is a Chart of Accounts?

A chart of accounts is a list of financial accounts set up in a company to record financial transactions. Accounts fall into six general categories. When your financial transactions are recorded into your accounting system, they are assigned or recorded into the appropriate categories...

The Easiest (and Most Accurate) Way to Calculate Sales Tax on QuickBooks

QuickBooks Online (QBO) is one of several options from QuickBooks. It is very different from QB Premier or Enterprise, which are more robust and better suit our industry. For instance, QBO does not have customer sales orders, which are pivotal in QB Premier and Enterprise. That being said...

Navigating Sales Tax on QuickBooks Desktop

Ask the Accountant… Question: I need to charge my customers 7.5% in sales tax, but 6% is for the state and 1.5% is for my county. How do I handle that in QB Desktop so I can file with the state, but just show the 7.5% to my customer? Answer: Sales tax is complicated, and…