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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.

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 19, 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 2019 COLA & FICA.

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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 29, 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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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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Dec 26, 2018

Tax Filing Deadlines in Canada

Updated monthly. Canadian tax filing deadlines and due dates for GST/HST, PST, payroll source deductions, T4 and T4A information returns, WCB, business income tax returns.

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Dec 24, 2018

U.S. Self Employment Income - Self Employment Tax

Self employment income is subject to U.S. self employment tax ... updated to 2019. You'll find information on estimated taxes, standard mileage rates and U.S. rules for business use of your car.

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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

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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