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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: 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…

Ask the Accountant… Question: Is there any way to see what I make on an order? Answer: Unfortunately, QuickBooks does not have the function of showing the gross profit of an order for non-inventory items, which is what most of a distributor’s orders are. If you create orders in SAGE, however, you can see what…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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