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Hey You ... Welcome to The Bookkeeper's Blog! Join me as I blog on good bookkeeping practices for work from home bookkeepers and business owners who do their own books.

Here is where you have the opportunity to easily keep up-to-date on new or updated blog pages being posted to the Bookkeeping Essentials web site.

It is my sincere hope that you will learn good bookkeeping practices that help you manage your business finances easily and more efficiently.

To your success! … and, of course, thank you to the readers and viewers of my blog.

from Rainbow's End
"where heaven and earth sometimes touch"

Your tutor, Lake

This picture is from my day trip to Stuart Lake in 2009. Doesn't looking at this picture just make you want to exhale ... it's okay you're allowed.

Image of seaplane moored on Stuart Lake. Life is good here.
Photo courtesy of B. Gale

Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing
that we see too late the one that is open.

-- Alexander Graham Bell, Inventor --

Life was very good at Rainbow's End (my lake property) ... all sixteen years. I've moved and downsized now ... and am on to new adventures ... although I still miss living at the lake some days. Being creative about solving the problems life throws at you is a necessity. The way to reach your goal is not always a straight line.

Oct 23, 2016

IRS News For U.S. Work From Home Business Owners

IRS news and other information that would be of interest to U.S. business owners who do their own bookkeeping or work from home bookkeepers. News on 2016 COLA & FICA.

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Oct 07, 2016

Company Cheque Personal Expense

We purchased an ATV and my husband wrote it on the company account but it should have been a personal cheque. How can I fix this? If this is an

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Oct 02, 2016

Tax Compliance in Canada | Small Business Due Dates

Canadian tax compliance due dates updated to April 2016. Also notes and references for 2015/2016 tax season deadlines, GST/HST, payroll source deductions, T4 and T4A information returns, WCB.

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Sep 23, 2016

Place of Supply Rules For GST & HST

Effective May 1, 2010, the place of supply rules for IPP and services changes. They are now based on customer location. Deals with online sales, out-of-province sales, non-resident sales.

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Sep 22, 2016

CRA News for Home Based Business Owners

CRA news to help Canadian business owners doing their own bookkeeping keep abreast of relevant changes and announcements. You can stop worrying now whether you are up-to-date with government updates!

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Sep 17, 2016

Basic Accounting Concepts and Principles - GAAP and ASPE

Explaining the basic accounting concepts and framework around which Canadian GAAP and ASPE was developed. ASPE became effective January 1, 2011 in Canada. An overview of what changed.

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Sep 17, 2016

U.S. Self Employment Income - Self Employment Tax

Self employment income is subject to U.S. self employment tax. You'll find information on estimated taxes, standard mileage rates and U.S. rules for business use of your car ... updated to 2016.

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Sep 17, 2016

Clearing Account Question

I have a client that his financial records for his business and his personal are kept in 2 different QuickBooks (QBs) files. He just changed to a bad practice:

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Sep 14, 2016

Minimum Wage Rates in Canada by Province

Canadian minimum wage rates and links to provincial and territorial employment standards; hours of work compliance; unclaimed/uncashed pay chequess

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Sep 14, 2016

Current Payroll Tax Rates | Canadian Bookkeeping

2017 EI rates released Sep. 14, 2016. 2017 CPP rates will be released in November 2016. Find current Canadian payroll tax rates and tips ... so you can meet your payroll compliance obligations.

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Sep 14, 2016

Do You Need To Download Your Paperless Statements?

There is nothing worse than being in the middle of an audit with the CRA or IRS and not having your paperless statements or bills you need because you didn't download the information!

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Sep 14, 2016

Can You Shred Scanned Receipts?

Learn CRA's and IRS's policies about accepting scanned receipts in place of original source documents ... they are different!

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Sep 14, 2016

How To Send Sensitive Information Online

Sending sensitive information in an email is NOT a good idea. Explore your options on how to best transmit financial documents online and prevent identity theft.

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Sep 14, 2016

IRS Interest Rates | Small Business

IRS interest rates for corporate loans to shareholders, installment sales, under and over payment of taxes

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Sep 14, 2016

Office Document Imaging eBook - How To Go Paperless

Office document imaging lets you organize your paperless documents. The Paperless Document Organization eGuide leads you easily and systematically through the process of how to go paperless.

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Sep 01, 2016

EI Reduction Program - Did you know this existed????

As an accountant that now specializes in payroll, I had not known about this program until I started learning more about payroll. I now tell clients and

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Aug 28, 2016

Learning QuickBooks® - How to Use QuickBooks®

For the work from home business owner who does their own bookkeeping, learning QuickBooks® tips to avoid beginner mistakes makes your life a whole lot easier! Ask your beginner QuickBooks® question.

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Aug 02, 2016

Year-End Question

If my year end is Sept 30th, then my question is this -- Does Sept 30th 2016 represent my YEAR-END for 2015??? I am always so confused by this - as the

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Jul 31, 2016

Difficult Client

I've been working, or attempting to work, with a new client for approximately 2 months now. It is a small service based business with 6 employees. I have

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Jul 31, 2016

Basic Cash Management | Quick Accounting Training

Cash management is a barometer of your business’ health. As long as you have cash flowing in and out of your business, you can keep the doors open for business, even if you are not profitable.

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Jul 12, 2016

Sales Receipt Requirements

Hi, My son is just starting his very own small-business. (He is 13). I am setting him up to use QuickBooks in its most simple form (sole proprietorship)

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Jul 05, 2016

Learn How To Use QuickBooks - Learning QuickBooks

Learning how to use QuickBooks to create and customize reports such as cheques issued, customer deposits, and holdbacks will help you make sound business decisions.

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Jul 05, 2016

Canadian Bookkeeping and Tax Rates

Compliance tax rates that would be of interest to Canadian small business owners and bookkeepers who work from home.

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Jul 05, 2016

PST / GST / HST Rates | Current and Historical

Newfoundland to increase HST rate effective January 2016. GST HST rates by province from January 1, 1991 to present. Excellent resource for bookkeepers doing backwork.

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Jun 24, 2016

Online Freelance Bookkeeping | Reorganize Your Virtual Practice

Run an online freelance bookkeeping business. Have you been wondering how to reorganize so you can move away from a paper-based, commercial office business model?

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