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Harriet Gatter, owner of Accounting Support LLC, was an ad specialty distributor for 23 years and an adjunct professor of accounting at Neumann University. She sold her ad specialty business in 2012, became certified as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and now works exclusively with ad specialty distributors nationwide on their QuickBooks, order management and accounting needs.

Ask the accountant... Question: There is a paperclip icon in QuickBooks for attachments. Can I attach all the paperwork for an order there? Answer: There is an attachment function in QB for several screens including, but not limited to, sales orders, purchase orders, invoices, bills and customers. You can attach documents here, such as a…

Question: I want to switch to QuickBooks, but I don’t know which one to pick. I spoke to Intuit, and they say I should purchase QuickBooks Online, and it will do everything I need. Is that true? Answer: Our business is complex and unique and requires a software that can handle our complicated orders. While…

Question: My accountant says that I should switch to QuickBooks for my accounting system. She said that QuickBooks Pro should work just fine for my business. Is that what I should use? Answer: I agree with the "QuickBooks" half of her answer, but suggest "Premier" be the other half. Using QuickBooks, because it is the…

Question: I reconcile my bank account by hand. Do I need to do it in QuickBooks too? Answer: QuickBooks does have a reconcile function on all its products. It lists all the items that you posted as bank items, and then asks you to compare these to your actual bank statements. The QB Reconcile function…

Question: Is there a way to create both a customer acknowledgement and vendor purchase order at once in QuickBooks? I used to be able to do it in ProfitMaker, but in QuickBooks, I am having to enter information twice. Answer: Yes, there is, but you need the correct QuickBooks software and know what procedure to…

Question: What is the difference between cash and accrual accounting? Answer: Cash or accrual accounting refers to the timing of when income and expense events are officially recorded. Cash basis means income is included in your income statement when you actually receive payment from your customer. Similarly, the expenses are recorded the date you actually…

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