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Bookkeeping – 7 tips for business health by keeping healthy books/accounts!

Bookkeeping – 7 tips for business health by keeping healthy books/accounts!

Bookkeeping – 7 tips for business health by keeping healthy books/accounts!

Here are some timely reminders from J T Ripton at smallbizdaily.com

Accounting is often one of the toughest jobs for small business owners, especially those who don’t have a lot of experience or a strong background in bookkeeping. Following a few simple tips throughout the year can make it much easier to track expenses and file taxes when the time comes.

1. Plan Ahead

The first step is to look ahead at the potential needs for your company and plan for these expenses. For example, if you know that you will need to replace expensive equipment in the near future, make sure to set aside funds every month to cover the costs. Other major expenses that may arise include office supplies, inventory, maintenance, and repairs. You can also set aside money each month to cover the annual taxes, so you won’t stress about the amount you need to pay when April 15 arrives.

2. Use Reliable Software

Business bookkeeping software has come a long way over the past decade, and some programs make it much simpler to input expenses and cash flow. MYOB, Reckon and Xero allow you to keep everything you need in one place for easy recovery as needed. From tracking the status of unpaid invoices, to creating customized invoices, to tracking billable hours and budget spent, online accounting software is a great way to save time and money. Some programs like Dropbox and  Google Drive also offer cloud access to your files, which means that you can pull up information from anywhere instead of having to go to the office to find a document or receipt.

3. Separate Business and Personal

If you use your business credit card to pay for a personal expense, make sure to track that and separate it as soon as possible. It is much easier to separate expenses if you use separate accounts to pay for them, but you may accidentally use your business card for a non-company purchase. Business costs are tax deductible, so make it easier on yourself by separating them every time you make a purchase.

4. Schedule Yourself

When it comes to bookkeeping, it might seem easier to just put it off until the end of the year. However, this is going to result in a big headache when you are trying to track down receipts and invoices that may be months old. Schedule time each week or each month to work on your books and stay as current as possible. It may be tempting to skip this every so often, but when you can stick to the schedule, it will be much easier to stay on top of the finances without feeling so stressed.

5. Review Invoices

Be sure to keep close track of your invoices, since some (clients) are notorious for paying bills late. You can probably use your accounting software to run a monthly report and determine what invoices are still outstanding. This gives you the flexibility to send reminders and follow up on outstanding bills before too much time passes. It is also smart to keep a close eye on your cash flow statement, so you can avoid the dreaded insufficient funds message on a payment.

6. Call in a Pro

For some things, it is definitely worth the investment to bring in an expert. You may rely on a financial advisor who specializes in your industry, or you might just need an accountant who can pay your taxes and payroll. You can even use a student intern who is working on an accounting degree if the budget is tight.

7. Track Expenses

Most experts discourage business owners from using cash to pay for any business expense, since it can be very difficult to track. When you use a credit card or debit card, you can view the transactions right away and make sure that all items are true business expenses to avoid issues with write-offs and taxes.

Accurate bookkeeping is an important part of business ownership, so it is crucial to stay on top of the expenses and invoices to prevent problems. If you have questions about bookkeeping, you can always rely on an expert, but once you have your system down, it should be much easier to keep track of the money coming in and out of your company each day.

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MYOB / Reckon / Quickbooks / Xero – Clear / Remove / Delete the “to be printed” items from print queue

MYOB / Reckon / Quickbooks / Xero – Clear / Remove / Delete the “to be printed” items from print queue

MYOB / Reckon / Quickbooks / Xero – Clear / Remove / Delete the “to be printed” items from print queue

A client called and saidWe had ticked in our invoices to be printed and never did the printing. Now when I go to print a batch that I want to print, all these non-printed invoices are highlighted. There are about 400 so it does take some time to scroll to the few I want. Is there any way I can delete this instruction without bringing each invoice up and deleting the instruction?

A good solution 1 – Turn off your printer – go to print all unwanted items, then delete the print job in the queue on the printer (usually the printer status window that opens, or from icon lower RHS in task bar or hidden icon area.

A good solution 2 – Choose a PDF printer to create a file – it may need some time to be left to run.

And sometimes using the Reckon PDF creator may not take them off and they re-appear next time, so try using Cute PDF (download FREE here http://www.cutepdf.com/Products/CutePDF/writer.asp  and click the top “Free Download” on the right, it will also automatically tell you to download the Ghostscript converter, the second free download on the right, say yes as well) or another PDF software.

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Bookkeeping – Quick tip – Don’t use “Miscellaneous” or “Sundry” all the time for Miscellaneous expense in the accounts

Bookkeeping – Quick tip – Don’t use “Miscellaneous” or “Sundry” all the time for Miscellaneous expense in the accounts

Bookkeeping – Quick tip – Don’t use “Miscellaneous” or “Sundry” all the time for Miscellaneous expense in the accounts

If you use a “Miscellaneous Expense” or “Sundry” account, it can indicate lazy bookkeeping. It is also no help when you or the bank reads your Profit & Loss! What is in that account will be the question!

It is better to use the closest correct expense account or to add a new account to better capture the expense type. Also use the memo in the transaction, to fully describe the expense, and invoice number if not using purchases. The more detail you put in now, then you won’t have to sift through your papers later to find out what the expense was, or dig out a copy for your accountant (or the taxman)!

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Bookkeeping – Paid Parental Leave – What is it and how to do the bookkeeping

Bookkeeping – Paid Parental Leave – What is it and how to do the bookkeeping

Bookkeeping – Paid Parental Leave – What is it and how to do the bookkeeping

The Paid Parental Leave here we explain what it is and how to do the bookkeeping in your accounts. The scheme became compulsory on 1 July 2011 – it is an offer from the government of up to 18 weeks paid parental leave is offered to eligible working parents of children born or adopted on or after 1 January 2011. The government makes a payment to the employer to then pass on to the employee. This post explains generally what is involved to setup and record paid parental payments within your software.

What is the current rate of parental leave?

The rate is paid at the National minimum wage. For more information see Paid Parental Leave for employers.

How to do the bookkeeping

1.     Create an account to track parental leaveWe need to create a Liability account to track your Parental Leave. Depending on your Parental Leave reporting obligations, you may want to create an Expense account to track this leave instead of a Liability account. Speak to your accountant or the ATO for the appropriate solution based on your circumstances.

2.     Create a new wages category

3.     Exempt Paid Parental Leave from calculating superannuation

4.     Exempt Paid Parental Leave from accruing entitlements – depending on the way the employee is set up

a.     Hourly employeesthe entitlement will not accrue as there are no hours to calculate the percentage. This seems contradictory, but normally hourly employees will accrue leave as a percentage of hours worked. While they are on Paid Parental Leave, they are being paid via a Salary Wage category, rather than an Hourly Wage category. Therefore having no hours on the paycheque means that no leave will accrue.

b.     Salary Employeesneed to have the Entitlement(s) deselected in their card. This is because generally these employees will be set to accrue a flat amount of hours per Pay Period/Month/Year, and unless the entitlement is deselected in their card, the entitlement will continue accruing throughout the period of their Paid Parental Leave.

5.     Note: When the employee finishes the Paid Parental Leave you will need to select these entitlements again so that the leave entitlements will accrue.

6.     Action – when my employee is taking paid parental leave?
In MYOB for example, you go to the standard pay and zero all the salary or hourly $ amounts, and against the Paid Parental leave category, enter the amount that is to be paid.

7.     We are now ready to process Paid Parental leave payments for your employees. When you have finished paying the paid parental leave payments, you can use the Reset to Original Amounts button on the Payroll Details tab of the employees card (as shown above) to restore the values back to the standard hours.

8.     Receiving the payment from the government. When the employer receives parental leave payment from the government, this needs to be recorded as a Receive Money transaction into the Liability account created.

9.     Note – Paid parental leave and Payment SummariesIf you include the paid parental leave amount in the Gross Wages on your Payment Summary, you will need to account for this if you attempt to reconcile the total from the Payment Summaries with the total in your Wages & Salaries expense account. The paid parental leave amount is not shown as an expense, and therefore it is expected that the Payment Summary total will be higher than the total of the Wages & Salaries expense account. For more information on Payment Summaries, see the MYOB support note Preparing and printing Payment Summaries.

10.   Removing paid parental leaveWhen an employee returns to work after parental leave, their card needs to be updated so the Paid Parental Leave payment will be removed from the employee’s standard pay, and their normal Base Salary will be reinstated.

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MYOB – What Reports to use for paying Super

MYOB – What Reports to use for paying Super

MYOB – What Reports to use for paying Super

Our Client has been trialing a replacement bookkeeper, who called us asking what are the best reports to use for paying the super last month?

Answer is to look in the Super folder when we did the super last month to temporarily do the books while a new bookkeeper was being advertised, see the reports we used:

1.     Superannuation Employee Advice Detail (or Summary) – is good as it allows you to see all the pay weeks/periods and the total super;

2.     Payroll Activity Summary – dated for the last month 1st to 31st, as long as no deductions are being used, the Expenses column at the Right is all super, per staff member and should match the employee totals – and will also give the TOTAL super so you can reconcile to the total on the online data you enter in your SuperStream super fund portal;

3.     Paying – The superannuation should all match, print the contribution once reconciles, for proof, and finish as per method of your chosen portal. MYOB Super is a great method Free with a Subscription, that takes less than 10 min or so to pay the super for 30 staff for one client, we assist. And the ATO Small Business Super Clearing House is great for up to 19 employees – login, fill in the amounts, get a Bpay or EFT detail to confirm and print, and pay from your banking online.

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Business Finance 101 – What does accounting equation mean?

Business Finance 101 – What does accounting equation mean?

What does accounting equation mean?

The Accounting Equation is used by small and large business, and gives a financial position of the business – ie its value (also known as equity), after debts/liabilities. The Accounting Equation or financial position is calculated from three items – assets (what it OWNS), liabilities (what is OWES) and equity (the difference between assets and liabilities, or owner’s equity).

The accounting equation is a simple way to understand how these three amounts relate to each other, and written –

Assets – Liabilities = Equity

It is also reported another way (eg USA)

Assets = Liabilities + Owner’s Equity for a small business sole proprietor

The accounting equation for a company/corporation is:

Assets = Liabilities + Stockholders’ Equity

Assets are the company’s resources —what the company owns of value – cash, accounts receivable, inventory, prepaid insurance, investments, land, buildings, equipment, and goodwill. From the accounting equation, we see that the amount of assets must equal the combined amount of liabilities plus owner’s (or stockholders’) equity.

Liabilities are the company’s obligations—what the company owes – notes or loans payable, accounts payable, salaries and wages payable, interest payable, superannuation, and income and payroll taxes payable.

Owner’s equity or stockholders’ equity is the amount left over after liabilities are deducted from assets:

Assets Liabilities = Owner’s (or Stockholders’) Equity. It also reports the amounts invested into the company by the owners plus the cumulative net profit/income of the company that has not been withdrawn or distributed to the owners.

With accurate records, the accounting equation will always be “in balance,” meaning the left side should always equal the right side. The balance is maintained because every business transaction affects at least two of the company’s accounts. As an example, if a company borrows money from a bank, the company’s assets will increase and its liabilities will increase by the same amount. When a company purchases inventory for cash, one asset will increase (inventory) and one asset will decrease (bank paid for the stock). Because there are two or more accounts affected by every transaction, the accounting system is referred to as double entry accounting.

A company keeps track of all of its transactions by recording them in accounts in the company’s general ledger. Each account in the general ledger is designated as to its type: asset, liability, owner’s equity, sales/revenue, expense, profit, or loss account.

Balance Sheet and Profit & Loss

The balance sheet is also known as the statement of financial position and it reflects the accounting equation. The balance sheet reports a company’s assets, liabilities, and owner’s (or stockholders’) equity at a specific point in time. Like the accounting equation, it shows that a company’s total amount of assets equals the total amount of liabilities plus owner’s (or stockholders’) equity.

The profit and loss or income statement is the financial statement that reports a company’s sales/revenues and expenses and the resulting net profit/income. While the balance sheet reports one point in time (the FINAL Balance at a date), the profit & loss covers the total amount over a time interval or period of time (eg a month). The profit and loss will explain part of the change in the owner’s or stockholders’ equity during the time interval between two balance sheets, as the profit or loss is reported on the balance sheet.

Understand the Balance Sheet HERE

Understand the Profit & Loss HERE

Learn why Profit does not equal Cash HERE

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Reckon/Quickbooks – How to set up and how to report Taxable Payments Annual Report (TPAR) – and when due?

Reckon/Quickbooks – How to set up and how to report Taxable Payments Annual Report (TPAR) – and when due?

Reckon/Quickbooks – How to set up and how to report Taxable Payments Annual Report (TPAR) – and when due?

Businesses in the building and construction industries need to know how to report Taxable Payments Annual Report (TPAR) – so how do we set up the Reckon/Quickbooks file, how do we generate the report and when is the due date to report?

We start with the ATO requirements, then how to set up and create the report in Reckon/Quickbooks.

ATO Requirements

From the ATO website latest page 23 June 2016 –

Taxable payments reporting – building and construction industry

Businesses in the building and construction industry need to report the total payments they make to each contractor for building and construction services each year.

You need to report these payments to us on the Taxable payments annual report by 28 August each year.

To make it easier to complete the annual report, you may need to check the way you currently record your contractor payment information.

The information reported about payments made to building and construction contractors is used in our data matching program to detect contractors who have not either:

  • lodged tax returns
  • included all their income on tax returns that have been lodged.

Reckon/Quickbooks – The steps to set up and generate the report are –

1 . Enable the Taxable Payment Reporting option in the preference to be able to open the report

  1. Go to the Edit menu, choose Preferences.
  2. Choose the Tax item and go to the Company Preferences tab.
  3. In the Taxable Payment Report section, click to select the Enable the Taxable Payment Reporting option.
  4. Click OK.

2.  Enable a supplier (sub-contractor) to become reportable on the Taxable Payment report

  1. Go to the Suppliers menu and choose Supplier Centre.
  2. On the Suppliers tab, double click the supplier’s name to open the supplier’s profile.
  3. Click to select the “Include in Taxable Payments electronic report” option.
  4. Click OK.

3.  How do I create this report to have what I need to write on the ATO form?

  1. Go to the Suppliers menu, click Tax Activities, click Process Taxable Payments.
    The Process Taxable Payments annual report window opens.
  2. Click the Tax Year drop-down to select the tax year you are reporting on.
  3. If applicable, click the Withholding Liability Account drop-down to select the account you use to track withholding tax.
  4. Click the (tick) column to select the selected suppliers that you want to appear in the selected tax year’s report.
  5. Click the supplier to view the transactions for each supplier that are included in the report.
    The Supplier Taxable Payments Details – <supplier name> window opens.
  6. You can review each transaction and click to deselect if you don’t want it included.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click Save to save the changes (if you have made them) in the Process Taxable Payments annual report window.
  9. Click Export to save the report to your disk. The Select Location for Tax Payment Report File window opens. Enter a file name for the report, we recommend using the date in the file name.
    The default location for the file is \\ProgramData\Intuit\ReckonAccounts 2013\<level> 2013\<Company Name>\Export Files\Tax Payment Reports. For Reckon Accounts Hosted users, the default location is “Q:\ “
  10. Click Save. You will receive a message that the file has been successfully written. If you have electronic key, you can upload the file to your ATO portal

Note: If you make any changes to the data whilst the Taxable Payments Annual Report Window is open, the report needs to be closed and reopened for it to refresh.

4.  How do you Amend the TPAR report if incorrect?

If you require to submit an amended report to the ATO, select the Generate Taxable Payments as ‘Amended’ option in the Process Taxable Payments annual report window.

Select the supplier that has been amended from the list and click Create Report.

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