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January 15, 2009

Publisher's Note
Announcements of store closings in January are certainly nothing new.  Even in fruitful economic times, we still get a bit of this type of news right after the Christmas buying season.  Macy’s, Office Depot and Pep Boys are just a few of the companies shuttering stores this winter.

In our story As economy nosedives, retailers take huge hit, it’s mentioned that Walmart gained market share in 2008.  Are your clients, or is your company, gaining market share?  Some readers are telling us that while revenues and profits may be short for their companies/firms, they are taking advantage of the opportunity to harvest market share gains.  When competitors are down...what a great time to strike while the iron is hot! 

Rob Nance
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How to account for sales tax paid at time of purchase of resellable supplies

I am a photographer selling prints. I Purchase ink and paper, then sell the final product to customers. I pay sales tax on ink and paper at time of my purchase. I collect sales tax for the entire sale price of my artwork since I am not providing labor. Question: In what account do I accumulate "Pre Paid Sales Tax" prior to sale of resellable items? How do I transfer this ammount from a vendor purchase to a sales tax payment?
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How to account for income tax expense with a credit

We calculated our income tax expense for 2008. It is 1,500,000. We have a 3,000,000 deferred income tax asset which we can use to offset our income tax expense in 2008. I am uncertain whether our tax expense would be recorded as 1,500,000 because that is the amount we would need to pay if we didn't have the DTA, or whether it would be 0 because we are using the tax asset credit.
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