Harriet Gatter

Harriet Gatter

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.

Know When Your Customers Are Tax Exempt

A reader asks, “I am creating an item in QuickBooks Premier, and it makes me select it as ‘Tax’ or ‘Non for Sales Taxes.’ Sometimes it is taxable and sometimes not, depending on the customer. What do I do?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Clarity and Organization are Key in QuickBooks

A reader asks, “Can you clarify 'Customers,' 'Vendors,' 'Employees' and 'Other Names'? Too often I use 'Other Names.' Is that right?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Do I Need Business Insurance?

A reader asks, “My accountant wants me to buy some business insurance. Is that something I should have?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Delete Your Old Company Files in QuickBooks

Question: I have a few company files set up in Quickbooks Premier from businesses I started, but no longer run. How do I delete them from the list of companies to open? Answer: These companies can be hidden but technically not deleted. Select File > Open Previous Company, to see the list of all the…

Using QuickBooks for Multiple Businesses

A reader asks, “I use QuickBooks Premier for my distributorship. I also run another small business. Can I use my QuickBooks program for that, too, or do I have to buy Premier again?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

Choosing the Best Business Structure

A reader asks, “I am starting out as an ad specialty distributor and am a sole proprietor. Is this a good business structure for me?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

How to Handle Credit Card Fees in QuickBooks

Question: I have customers that pay me by credit card, but the credit card company takes out fees. I am receiving less than the total amount on the invoice. How do I handle that in QuickBooks Premier? Answer: I am seeing this situation more often, where the credit card company takes out the fees and…

Why Use QuickBooks Over Sending Statements to Accountants?

Question: I send my bank and credit card statements to my accountant at year end to do my taxes. What benefits are there to using something like QuickBooks instead? Answer: There are lots of reasons. First, in QuickBooks, you are able to write and submit orders to customers and suppliers. From there, you can track…

How to Delete Items in a List on QuickBooks

Question: I am working in QuickBooks Premier. I want to delete an item in a list, but QB will not let me. What can I do? Answer: QuickBooks will only allow you to delete an entry in a list if you have never used it before in your company file. If you have ever used…

Do I Really Have to Reconcile My Checking Account?

Question: I don’t like reconciling my checking account. Is there really a reason to do that? Answer: Monthly reconciliations are a critical part of your accounting. I could argue that it is one of the most important steps to making sure your records are complete and correct. Every month, you should reconcile each of your…