Bookkeeping has been around forever, even before the days of QuickBooks software and spreadsheets. Toby Mathis and Jeff Webb of Anderson Advisors welcome a special guest, Troy Butler, to discuss how bookkeeping began and evolved to track, document, and record transactions. Do you have a tax question? Submit it to taxtuesday@andersonadvisors.
- Should I hire a bookkeeper for my business, or do it myself? Depends on level of detail and number of transactions
- We have several companies. What’s the best way to pay and track expenses for each? Whether each company needs a separate set of books depends on if the companies are related or not, and go on the same tax return
- What’s the best way to set reminders of accounting tasks that I should do? Set up monthly or quarterly tasks; don’t let everything build up and do it all at once
- What’s the difference between a profit-and-loss (P&L) and balance sheet? Balance sheet lists your assets, liabilities, and equity for the company; P&L shows profitability for specific timeframes
- How do you keep track of reimbursable expenses before your corporation makes a profit? Even if not profitable yet, you need to track your expenses and income
- What are some tips to get good bookkeeping results with the least amount of effort? QuickBooks, Peachtree, spreadsheets, and calendars; automate as much as possible and consistency is critical
- When we take money out of the holding company to use for personal expenses, how do we handle that in the bookkeeping? Distribution recorded as an equity item
- Is it legal to put personal funds directly into our holding company, and how do we document that in our bookkeeping? Yes, that’s allowed; you can put your money into your company, but it’s your money and you can take it back later, if needed
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