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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.

Nov 04, 2019

Current Payroll Tax Rates | Canadian Bookkeeping

2020 CPP rates released November 1, 2019. 2020 EI rates were released Sep. 13, 2019. Find current Canadian payroll tax rates and tips ... so you can meet your payroll compliance obligations.

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Nov 04, 2019

CRA and IRS Interest Rates | Small Business

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

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Oct 15, 2019

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 2020 COLA & FICA.

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Sep 26, 2019

US & Canadian Bookkeeper News and Handy Reference Page

The Bookkeeper News and Reference Page is for the hard working, self-employed business owner. Find U.S. and Canadian small business news ...

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Sep 04, 2019

Ablii Workflow | QBO Intgegration

Automate sending business payments online with an Ablii workflow. Seamlessly integrates with QBO. Multiple approvals available. $0.75 for each domestic transaction.

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Aug 26, 2019

Meals with Wife | CRA

Can I claim meals with my wife as a business deduction? We talk about the business at some point during the meal.

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Aug 24, 2019

Plooto Workflow | QBO Integration

Automate sending and receiving payments online with a Plooto workflow. Seamlessly integrates with QBO. Dual stage authorization. $25 per month monthly fees introduced effective August 31, 2019.

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Aug 09, 2019

Cell Phones and CRA

Editor: links updated 2019-08 Are cell phones fully deductible? My client is using 2 cell phone and I am not sure if they are both fully deductible.

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Apr 30, 2019

Tax Compliance in Canada | Small Business Due Dates

Canadian tax compliance due dates updated monthly. Also notes and references for 2018/2019 tax season deadlines, GST/HST, payroll source deductions, T4 and T4A information returns, WCB.

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Apr 26, 2019

Chrome Browser Features | QBO Workflow

Tips on how to optimize Chrome browser features for cloud accounting software like QBO (QuickBooks Online) and other cloud accounting related software. You need to know this stuff if you are using QBO!

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Mar 17, 2019

Minimum Wage Rates in Canada by Province

Canadian minimum wage rates and links to provincial and territorial employment standards - good for backwork; hours of work compliance; unclaimed/uncashed pay cheques

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Mar 07, 2019

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. New QST rules for non-residents went into effect in 2019. Learn about online sales, out-of-province sales, non-resident sales.

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Feb 18, 2019

Common Bookkeeping Entries - Journal Entry Examples

How to record some common bookkeeping entries that require special treatment with accounting journal entry examples ... for the work from home business owner who does their own bookkeeping.

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Feb 18, 2019

Basic Bookkeeping Entries - Accounting Journal Entry Examples

Examples of and links to basic bookkeeping entries and accounting journal entries ... for the work from home business owner who does their own books.

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Feb 17, 2019

Where Did All My Cash Go? | Focus On Bookkeeping

This article on how to read your cash flow statement was first published in August 2011 in The Bookkeeper's Notes. I present it here as a handy reference.

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Feb 13, 2019

Inventory Returns | Learning QuickBooks

How to book the inventory return of damaged goods and make them available for resale AS IS using the QuickBooks Online platform.

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Feb 13, 2019

Canadian Bookkeeping and Tax Rates

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

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Feb 10, 2019

CBSA Duties and GST Payable | Learning QuickBooks

Learn how to record Canada Border Services Agency amounts due -- CBSA duties and CBSA GST -- in QuickBooks Online.

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Jan 30, 2019

Processing Supplier Refunds | Learning QuickBooks

How to handle a supplier refund in QuickBooks Online as well as a supplier credit. There is a link to a shortcut method that even handles sales tax simply and effectively!

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Jan 09, 2019

Why You Need An Employment Contract

Act carefully when dismissing an employee if you do not have a written employment contract. Learn how a written employment contract for every employee hired reduces your liability for damages.

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Dec 27, 2018

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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Dec 27, 2018

Canadian Bookkeeping Resources | Basic Tax Articles For Bookkeepers

Practical, basic Canadian bookkeeping resources for work from home business owners. Three series - home business taxes, CCPC notes, tax audit information and tips.

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Dec 26, 2018

Canadian Payroll Deductions - Payroll Tax Q&A

The Bookkeeper's Series on Canadian payroll deductions; includes employee taxable benefits, gifts and awards, automobile benefits calculator; 2019 payroll rates & subcontracting payments

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Dec 26, 2018

Online Freelance Bookkeeping | Reorganize Your Virtual Practice

REVISED AND EXPANDED online freelance bookkeeping training. Learn to automate your accounting workflow. Now has quarterly live Q&A and tech update sessions. I am still getting invited to free cutting edge webinars 8 years later.

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Dec 26, 2018

Employment Tax Forms - IRS W2, W3, W4

Information on employment tax forms for small business owners including new hire paperwork and yearend reconciliation tips.

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