Harriet Gatter

Harriet Gatter
So Many Item Numbers

Ask the Accountant… Question: When I create orders in SAGE and bring them over into QuickBooks, I like to create generic items, such as apparel, and change the description each time. It seems like I would have too many items otherwise. What do you think? Answer: In QuickBooks Premier, you can have up to 14,500…

How QuickBooks Premier Handles Sales Tax in Multiple States

Ask the Accountant… Question: I have to file sales tax in multiple states. How does QB Premier handle that? Answer: In QB Premier (and Enterprise), you create sales tax items to reflect each location and rate for which you make sales and collect sales tax. Many states, such as Louisiana, have sales tax codes that…

Does Your Software Really Integrate with QuickBooks?

Ask the Accountant… Question: I am considering a software that says it integrates with QB. Is that all I need to know? Answer: Every product that says it integrates with QuickBooks has its own definition of “integrate.” In each case, the integration depends on what data is mapped into QB, which is defined by the…

What Is Equity on Your Balance Sheet?

Ask the Accountant… Question: What is equity that shows on my Balance Sheet? Answer: In the basic accounting formula, equity equals assets minus liabilities. Assets are what you own, such as your bank account and accounts receivables. Liabilities are what you owe, such as accounts payables and credit card debt. Equity is the difference, or…

QuickBooks Built-In Browser Replaces Internet Explorer

Ask the Accountant… Question: I got an email from QuickBooks saying that there would be some kind of security risk because of a browser issue. What does that mean? Answer: Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 has been the default browser for QuickBooks Desktop. Microsoft stopped its support of Internet Explorer on June 15, 2022, and QB…

Can I Start a Second Business Without Buying QuickBooks Again?

Ask the Accountant… Question: I am using QB Premier and am starting a second business. Can I do that without buying the program again? Answer: QB Premier allows you to create multiple companies within your program at no additional cost. On the other hand, QuickBooks Online charges you an additional subscription charge for each company…

Why You Should Wait to Buy a QuickBooks Subscription Model

Ask the Accountant… Question: I have QuickBooks Premier 2020. I keep seeing pop-ups from QB asking if I want to upgrade to Premier 2022. Should I do that? Answer: If you purchased your QB Premier 2020 on a one-time basis (instead of a subscription), it will be updated without any additional cost through May 2023.…

Why Am I Being Forced Into QuickBooks Online Version?

Ask the Accountant… Question: I keep reading about the QB Premier subscription. Why are we being forced into the Online version? Answer: It’s true that QB Premier 2022 and beyond can only be purchased on a subscription basis. It is not true that this is the online version of QB (QuickBooks Online, aka QBO). A…

Will QuickBooks Premier 2019 Really Stop Working?

Ask the Accountant… Question: I have QB Premier 2019. I have been told by a QB rep that it will stop working at the end of May. Is that true? Answer: If you have purchased your QB Premier 2019 with a one-time purchase versus a subscription, it will be updated at no additional charge through…

When Should I Upgrade to QuickBooks Premier 2022?

Question: I have QuickBooks Premier 2019. I keep getting pop-ups telling me to upgrade to Premier 2022. I know I need to upgrade to 2022, and that it’s a subscription. Should I just go ahead and do it? Answer: Your QB Premier 2019 will be upgraded at no additional charge through May 2022. The subscription that you will be purchasing is an annual one...

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…