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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.

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...

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...

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…

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...

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…

Question: I have QB Premier 2021. I keep seeing pop-ups to upgrade to Premier 2022. Should I do that? Answer: If you have QB Premier 2019, 2020 or 2021, acquired with a one-time payment, you will receive updates from QB at no additional charge for three years. For QB Premier 2019, you will receive updates through May 2022...

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