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  • Checking It Twice: How to Manage Your Year-End Financial Tasks

    By MarksNelson on December 11, 2017
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    Almost two weeks down and two to go. December 2017 is nearly half over. If you’ve wrapped up all your accounting work for the year (except for last-minute invoices and expenses), that’s great.
  • Wrapping Up Your 2017 Payroll: 10 Things to Remember

    By MarksNelson on December 4, 2017
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    The final payroll run of 2017 is rapidly approaching. You’ve made it through another 12 months of sweating paycheck calculations, dealing with compliance issues, and submitting payroll taxes and filings. Can you breathe a sigh of relief now? Unfortunately, not yet. You may still have some unfinished business where payroll is concerned. If you want to be prepared to start fresh when you return to the office after the New Year, ask yourself these 10 questions:
  • Six Tips for a Smoother Tax Season

    By MarksNelson on December 1, 2017
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    While you started 2017 with the best of intentions to keep your financial records organized, you may find yourself scrambling to find receipts and other documentation to prepare your tax returns. All too often, it is accounts receivable that presents the greatest challenge. More than 70 percent of small businesses outsource their tax preparation, according to the 2015 Small Business Accounting Report. Outsourcing does not eliminate the need to plan in advance. Here are six tips to help small business owners prepare for tax season.
  • Six Reports You Must Run Before Year-End

    By MarksNelson on December 1, 2017
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    2018 is getting uncomfortably close, and you probably have some items left on your accounting to-do list. Is there anything about year-end reports on there? If not, try to find some time to compile—or generate, if you’re using QuickBooks—the numbers from 2017 that will provide insight on your financial activity.
  • Are Your Finances Ready for 2018?

    By MarksNelson on November 30, 2017
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    What were your company’s financial highlights for 2017? Did you obtain financing? Meet all of your payroll, sales, and income tax obligations? Make your sales quotas?
  • December 31 is More Than New Year’s Eve: 5 Financial Chores That Must be Done by Then

    By MarksNelson on November 28, 2017
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    How are you doing on your end-of-year accounting checklist? By now you should have tried to collect on all payments due from customers and paid up your December bills. If you haven’t, try to make those top priority right now. The last week of December may be too late.
  • Are Your Suppliers Happy This Holiday Season? Cleaning Up Your 2017 Payables

    By MarksNelson on November 28, 2017
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    Maintaining a positive cash flow is the name of the game as you get ready to close down the year. You’re undoubtedly trying to collect on unpaid invoices before December 31 and minimize expenses.
  • Wrapping Up Your Business for Year-End: Tax Forms

    By MarksNelson on November 28, 2017
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    As you enter into the last month of the year, you have many aspects of your business to wrap up before starting a new year.
  • Are Your Customer Payments Caught Up? Collecting During the Holidays

    By MarksNelson on November 21, 2017
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    Don’t let the spirit of the season soften your resolve to end the year with a positive cash flow. Now is the time when you should be following up with customers who have not arranged payment for overdue invoices. Once you get into the second week of December or so, it’s harder to get your customers’ attention.
  • Five Tips to Manage the Holiday Cash Flow Crunch

    By MarksNelson on November 21, 2017
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    December is always a tricky month for small businesses. You probably have extra expenses, things like bonuses, customer and vendor gifts, and year-end charitable donations. You may be catching up on taxes and employee reimbursements, paying up bills, and making last-minute contributions to retirement accounts.