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Love it or hate it, most small business owners are using QuickBooks to track their company's finances. I've found that many people, while using QuickBooks to enter transactions, fail to follow through to ensure they are getting everything entered.

Intuit bringing online payroll to accountants, Mac users, and financial institutions

Intuit Inc. will soon introduce Intuit Online Payroll to accountants and Mac users as well as banks and credit unions.The move addresses customer need for an easy and affordable way to manage their payroll with confidence. New service offerings will be available as early as spring 2009."Whether you are a small business owner or an accountant, using a Mac or a PC, Intuit Online Payroll will be at your service—anytime, anywhere," said Cameron Schmidt, director of marketing for the Intuit Payroll Division.

High-tech solutions help meet sales tax reporting, compliance requirements

By Diana DiBelloLet's face facts. Many small businesses devote energy to providing a service or product, with little time left over to devote to back-office solutions.
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How will the Economic Stimulus Act affect payroll for me and my clients?

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), aka the Economic Stimulus Act, includes new tax credits and other assistance that, while beneficial, will require changes to how payroll is calculated. Intuit, producer of QuickBooks, Intuit Payroll, is providing its clients with several methods for keeping up to date on the latest changes. Here are the suggestions Intuit is making to its clients for how to ensure payroll is current and correct:

Five QuickBooks keyboard shortcuts for you and clients

It's often the little things that bring the most joy. When teaching Intuit QuickBooks accounting software, I am frequently surprised when I mention a way to do something that I assume everyone knows and find people say, "That's great, I didn't know that." So to help you become more of a QuickBooks expert here are some of my favorite shortcuts for you or for your clients. Intuit has prepared a PDF version of this article that is client-ready, if that would be of use.Shortcut One: Keyboard Tips Working with DatesWhen in a date field there are many ways to change the date.

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What is nexus and how does it affect QuickBooks users?

Did you know you are obligated to collect and remit sales tax where you conduct business? Have you heard of nexus and do you know what it means for your business? If the answer is no, you can be assured the taxman will explain it after your next audit.

Integration of payroll data: Not an issue with online payroll services

By Julie LubetkinSome of the most desirable integrated service solutions for accounting professionals can be described as those that give the accountant the freedom and flexibility to use the best-fit accounting solutions without any added work. Accounting professionals should not be constrained to using only one vendor's technology if there is another resource available that provides a more appropriate fit for clients and the practice.

7 tips for speeding up your QuickBooks performance

By Mike BlockHere are ways you can speed up QuickBooks for your small home business.Increase main memory to 128 MB minimum, preferably 256 MB for workstations and 512 MB or more for servers. The official QuickBooks minimum main memory is: 2001 - 64 MB; 2002 - 64 MB; 2003 - 96 MB; 2004 - 96 MB. It is NOT the optimal memory to speed up QuickBooks and does not consider how often you have other programs open while running it QuickBooks for your small home business. *** See Comment below.Turn off the QuickBooks automatic updates.

QuickBooks 2009: Is it worth the upgrade?

By Mike BlockSusan Gunn is the author of many good QuickBooks books. She asks, "QuickBooks 2009: Is it worth the upgrade?" and says it has few features for professional practices. Susan's big QuickBooks 2009: Is it worth the upgrade disappointment involves QuickBooks online banking problems. I agreed with her about these problems in my many articles and news releases.
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10 steps to the CPA's perfect backup plan

Today's CPA firm depends on reliable backup and recovery systems. Online backup eliminates the expense and maintenance costs of tape drives, the need to purchase backup servers, and tape storage solutions. The inherent risk of tapes being corrupted, misplaced, damaged, stolen, or not stored offsite is significant. Using online backup eliminates these risks by automating the offsite storage solution with state of the art backup, security, and datacenter technologies.
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It's time accountants got some stimulus money

Accounting professionals and their clients now have more ways to save money and save time through a new program introduced by Intuit Inc. Through its new Power to Get More Done initiative, Intuit is offering significant savings on several of its productivity products and services, $100,000 in stimulus grants for accounting and tax firms, and new training tools to help firms increase productivity and generate growth."The accounting and tax profession is not insulated from the economy.

Five QuickBooks Myths

It's no secret that small business owners, by and large, love to hate QuickBooks. While 80 percent of small businesses use QuickBooks over any other bookkeeping software, at any given moment many of those same business owners find themselves at their wit's end when trying to close out a year's worth of data. Frazzled, frustrated, and angry, they declare the problem to be QuickBooks itself.As someone that has been involved in small business bookkeeping for some time, I can see why people say the things they do.

Intuit Payroll and The Hartford simplify workers' comp premium payments

It just got easier and more efficient for small business employers to pay their workers' compensation insurance premiums and manage their cash flow. Intuit Inc. and The Hartford have entered into a strategic alliance to offer The Hartford's XactPAY Web workers' compensation premium payment service to Intuit Payroll's more than one million customers free of charge. And, they will market Intuit Payroll, designed to help small businesses quickly, easily and confidently set up and manage payroll, to the customers of The Hartford's small business commercial agents.
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Intuit announces free virtual conference for accounting professionals

The first Intuit Academy Virtual Conference is a two-day virtual tradeshow dedicated to educating tax and accounting professionals on more than 15 products and services from the comfort of their homes or offices. Similar to an in-person tradeshow, Intuit Academy Virtual Conference attendees will be able to log-on and interact with Intuit product experts at the booths, talk to their peers as well as a panel of industry experts, and participate in informational webinars.

Qvinci: A unique 3rd party QuickBooks solution for Pro Advisors

Qvinci Software offers strategic partnership to QuickBooks ProAdvisors through a new third party QuickBooks software solution. This solution is Qvinci, an intelligent dashboard with early warning and forward looking tools which provides recurring revenue and increased client value for ProAdvisors. Qvinci adds unique capabilities to the consulting practice of a ProAdvisor. Clients are able to visualize their company's financial health through the services of the ProAdvisor like never before.
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Staples stores offer QuickBooks 2009 for free for one day only

Intuit and Staples are running a very special deal for small business owners. For one day only, QuickBooks Pro 2009 will be free at all Staples stores. Intuit wants to help small businesses through tough economic times. The regular price at Staples is $199.99. The customer will receive $40 in instant savings. The customer at the store will receive a $159.99 mail-in rebate form. When the customer mails in the rebate form they will receive, some weeks later, a rebate for $159.99.

Dealing with QuickBooks problems: H101, H202, H303, H505

If you open a QuickBooks file in multi-user mode you get this message: You are trying to work with a company file that is located on another computer, and this copy of QuickBooks cannot reach the server on that computer. (H202); or You are trying to work with a company file that is located on another computer, and that computer needs additional installation and setup. (H101, H303 and H505) The causes of QuickBooks errors (QuickBooks problems) H101, H202, H303 and H505 are: Hosting configuration settings are wrong.

Client Data Review: Year end productivity boost

Get Ready for Year End. Accountants who have explored the QuickBooks Client Data Review Center tell us it will produce huge improvements in productivity. (The feature is available to you in the QuickBooks Premier Accountant Edition 2009, and to clients using QuickBooks Pro and Premier 2009. It is also available in QuickBooks Enterprise Solutions 9.0.)For example, take Bookkeeper Brenda Ellis. "This feature is such a HUGE timesaver and I plan to use it regularly," she says.

Manufacturing software white paper available

QuickBooks Advisors who have manufacturing customers, or who are contemplating doing business with manufacturing customers, would be well-served in getting the white paper, An Accountant's Guide to Choosing the Right Manufacturing Software.

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