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Blogs on Good Bookkeeping Practices

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 16, 2018

Hubdoc | LedgerDocs Features

A quick comparison of Hubdoc vs LedgerDocs features. You decide which document management app best suits your specific needs.

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Nov 11, 2018

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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Nov 11, 2018

Entering Foreign Deposits | Learning QuickBooks

How do you record a QBO foreign deposit? The customer paid the invoice in a foreign currency by wire transfer with bank service charges deducted. Here's what to do.

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Nov 10, 2018

Processing Debit Card Refunds | Learning QuickBooks

Marnie Stretch, CPB shows you a simple and effective way to handle a debit card refund in QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online.

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Nov 01, 2018

Current Payroll Tax Rates | Canadian Bookkeeping

2019 CPP rates were release November 1, 2018. 2019 EI rates released Sep. 14, 2018. Find current Canadian payroll tax rates and tips ... so you can meet your payroll compliance obligations.

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Nov 01, 2018

2019 Self Employment Taxes | FICA & CPP

Learn about self employment taxes for business owners working from their homes. You'll find information on US self employment tax (SICA) and required CPP contributions for the self employed in Canada.

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Nov 01, 2018

2019 Payroll Tax Deductions | U.S. & Canada

Payroll tax deductions are mandatory for small business owners in the U.S. and Canada. What is the employer's and employee's Social Security tax rate for 2019? What are the CPP and EI rates for 2019?

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Oct 25, 2018

QBO - LedgerDocs Workflow | Document Management

Gathering your bookkeeping documents in one place is easy with QBO - LedgerDocs workflow integration … making collaboration with your bookkeeper a breeze. Find out why this is one of my favorite apps.

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Oct 15, 2018

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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Aug 30, 2018

LedgerSync Workflow | How It Works

Ledgersync workflow integrates with QuickBooks Online and Desktop. It automatically imports your bank statements, financial documents, check images, and deposits then pushes them to QuickBooks after coding and approval.

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Aug 29, 2018

Perfect Your Online Accounting Workflow

Why it is important to continually perfect your online accounting workflow process and how to go about it ... also eCommerce workflow tips and choosing the apps that are right for you.

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Aug 13, 2018

Small Business Deduction | Tax Reform 2018

Discover which business entities qualify for the 20% small business deduction along with threshold amounts that limit or disqualify a business from the deduction.

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Aug 10, 2018

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.

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Jul 01, 2018

Bookkeeping Checklist | Accounting Checklist

Small business accounting and bookkeeping checklist ... how to package your recordkeeping information for your bookkeeper and/or accountant ... ensuring your year end will go as smoothly as possible.

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Jul 01, 2018

Monthend Bookkeeping | Procedures Manual

How to perform monthend bookkeeping tasks manual. 21 simple steps for work from home business owners who manage their own set of books. You can have accurate and timely internal financial statements.

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May 29, 2018

Privacy Policy | Terms of Use

GDPR went into effect May 25, 2018. Terms of Use - Legal Disclaimer - Privacy Statement - Advertising Links - Compensation Disclosure for ... Please read the terms carefully.

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May 16, 2018

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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May 11, 2018

Tax Compliance in Canada | Small Business Due Dates

Canadian tax compliance due dates updated monthly. Also notes and references for 2016/2017 tax season deadlines, GST/HST, payroll source deductions, T4 and T4A information returns, WCB.

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Mar 23, 2018

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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Jan 20, 2018

Correct for mistakes from a decade ago

I'm helping to clean up the balance sheet of a small non-profit. The Paypal bank account has never been reconciled (!) and is about $10,000 off (!!!) showing

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Jan 04, 2018

5 Tips for Business Owners Looking to Organize Their Books

What will your New Year's resolution be? If you're like most small business owners, your New Year's resolution will likely have something to do with

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Jan 03, 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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Jan 03, 2018

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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Jan 03, 2018

Online Freelance Bookkeeping | Reorganize Your Virtual Practice

REVISED AND EXPANDED online freelance bookkeeping training. Learn to automate your accounting workflow. LAST CHANCE to purchase this program before the price increases mid-year.

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Oct 31, 2017

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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