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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 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…

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…

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…

Question: My accountant is suggesting things that I know are not legal. What should I do? Answer: I would find a new accountant right away. You do not want to be tainted by the accountant’s lack of ethics and end up owing additional taxes, penalties or worse. There is a difference, however, between income tax avoidance and…

A reader asks, “I have recently purchased a new computer with Microsoft Office 365 which includes Windows 10. Why won’t my QuickBooks work now?” Read today’s edition of “Ask the Accountant” for the answer…

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