Harriet Gatter

Harriet Gatter
Need to Remember When You Invoiced a Client?

Ask the Accountant… Question: How can I find out if and when I emailed an invoice to a client out of QB Premier? Answer: QuickBooks has a nice feature on its invoices called “See History.” It is a button on the top left of the invoice template just to the right of the word “Invoice.”…

Should You Enter Transactions as Journal Entries in QuickBooks?

Ask the Accountant… Question: I had some accounting in college. Can I enter transactions in QuickBooks as Journal Entries instead of learning the software? Answer: QuickBooks is designed to follow their designated flow so that your entries are recorded correctly. By doing this, the debits and credits are recorded automatically in the background of the…

Why You Need Business-Only Bank and Credit Card Accounts

Ask the Accountant… Question: I have been using my personal checking account and credit card for my business transactions. Are there any problems with doing that? Answer: Yes! You are creating myriad problems by using personal accounts for both personal and business use. The term for this is “commingling of funds.” The first problem is…

How to Add Calculations in QuickBooks Reports

Ask the Accountant… Question: Can I add calculations to reports in QB Premier? Answer: Yes. QB Premier has a wide array of reports, and you can access the QuickBooks Community for contributed reports. All QB Premier reports can be expanded by way of a link to Excel. Click on Excel at the top of the…

Is QuickBooks Making You Log Into Intuit?

Ask the Accountant… Question: Why is QuickBooks Premier making me log into my Intuit account when I open my QB? Answer: This is a relatively new requirement, but I suspect it’s here to stay. When you open your QB Premier file, you will now be prompted to log into your Intuit account as the admin.…

Where Can I Find Record of Vendors and Their Yearly Costs?

Ask the Accountant… Question: I have to produce 1099’s for some of my vendors. How do I get a record of these vendors and their costs for the year? Answer: When you set up a vendor in QB Premier, go to: Vendor > Vendor Center > New Vendor > Enter contact information. Under “Tax Settings,”…

What’s the Easiest Way to Place a Reorder in QuickBooks?

Ask the Accountant… Question: A customer is placing a reorder. Is there an easy way to do that in QB Premier? Answer: Yes. Open the original sales order and click “Create a Copy” at the top of the screen. Make any adjustments to prices in the new sales order, then create the supplier purchase order…

Why Did QuickBooks Premier Become So Expensive?

Ask the Accountant… Question: The price for QB Premier has gone up a lot recently. I found a much lower price online. Is it the same thing? Should I wait and see if the prices come down? Answer: Intuit has significantly increased the prices for QB Premier 2021. The wholesale pricing has nearly doubled, and…

Why Purchase a New Version of QuickBooks?

Ask the Accountant… Question: I have an older desktop version of QuickBooks Premier (too embarrassed to mention the version/year). So far, it seems to work fine. What are the disadvantages of staying on an older desktop QB version? I have a sense there's something I don't know but should. Answer: By using an old version…

Reconcile Before the End of the Period

Ask the Accountant… Question: I produce my month-end statements and then do my reconciliations whenever the statements are ready. Is that the right order? Answer: Reconciliations are an important step in keeping your data up to date. Reconciliations are a safeguard that your numbers are correct, or at least entered in your system. A reconciliation…

What You Should Know About QuickBooks Payment Reminders

Ask the Accountant… Question: QuickBooks can send payment reminders to clients. What do you know about it? Answer: That is a new feature in QuickBooks that might be helpful, but . . . I have reservations about it for our industry, because the automated nature of the payment reminders takes away the personal nature of…

Do I Have to Use QuickBooks Payroll?

Ask the Accountant… Question: If I convert to QuickBooks, do I have to use QuickBooks Payroll? Answer: There is no requirement to use QuickBooks Payroll. Our businesses generally involve very few, if any, employees. And payroll is rarely a needed function. My clients who do have a payroll typically use outside payroll services, or have…

Is There a Perfect Management System for a Distributor?

Ask the Accountant… Question: What is the perfect system for a promotional products distributor? Answer: I wish I had the perfect answer for that. Unfortunately, there is not a perfect system for our complex and unique industry regardless of cost. Ad specialty distributors have had to figure out their own systems, mostly by trial and…

Which Edition of QuickBooks Premier Is Right for You?

Ask the Accountant… Question: I am downloading QuickBooks Premier. There is a question about which edition I want. Which one do I pick? Answer: When you purchase QuickBooks Premier, there will be options of editions when you download the program. The edition that is best suited for our industry is Manufacturing and Wholesale. By selecting…

Are You Making Any Money? Useful Calculations for Your Business

Ask the Accountant… Question: Recently, I had a question about what a balance sheet shows, so I thought I’d tackle income statements as well. Answer: The income statement is also known as a profit and loss statement, or a P&L. It shows what you have earned and what you have spent to produce a profit…