There is a lot to learn about using QuickBooks and there is a LOT to learn about bookkeeping! Sure there are a lot of websites (including this one) where you learn how to do very specific tasks in QuickBooks and tons of YouTube videos - but tracking down the various pieces of the learning QuickBooks puzzle is horribly time-consuming and overwhelming; and the information that is found may not entirely meet the requirements of your company.
When you hire an inexperienced person and thrust them into full-fledged bookkeeping position; it’s very likely that you will end up with nothing but a huge mess on your hands and will need to have your books cleaned up by a professional.
Failing to remit payroll taxes is a big mistake! Sometimes a business owner will let the payment of payroll taxes slide in favor of paying other vendors OR perhaps will make a partial payment, thinking it will be ok -- not a good idea ----- always remit the full amount of your payroll taxes before paying other bills. Here are a couple of examples why. Continue reading →
Entering payroll for normal employee work hours and drive time and passing only the work hours through to client invoices is not only important but confusing. The following question was submitted by a reader who pays from the start of the first job till the end of the last job of the day (not including lunch break). I have my employees fill out a time tracker sheet each day that shows the time started at the first job till the end, drive time in between jobs, so on and so forth. I enter this into QuickBooks but I can't figure out where to enter in drive time to pay the girls their hourly wage on payroll but to not invoice anyone for drive time.
Can you deduct the cost of lost equipment from your employee’s pay? As a business owner I'm betting that on more than one occasion you have had an employee who has lost his company provided cell phone more than once and you've have to replace it.
Perhaps you want to recover the cost of the phone via a payroll deduction - before you do, read the rest of this article, because the answer depends first on state and federal restrictions and second on how much you want to deduct.
The Wage Decision provides you with the minimum amounts (base rate and fringe rate) that you must pay your employees when they work on a Prevailing Wage job - but confusion often happens when you actually pay your employees more than what the Wage Decision requires Continue reading →
Recent legislation added a new requirement for employers to report, in addition to other information, the date that an employee first performs services for pay. The "first day of work" law went into effect June 8, 2011. Continue reading →
Verifying and troubleshooting the accuracy of your final certified payroll reports before you submit them is an important step in your overall success in using Certified Payroll Solution and getting paid on time. Continue reading →
Setting up and tracking Union Fringe Benefits in QuickBooks can be a fairly straightforward task, Union Fringes are just a specified hourly dollar amount that the company pays to the Union on behalf of the employee. Continue reading →
This week's eBook provides information on paying and tracking prevailing wage fringe benefits, when you work on a government funded construction project that requires the submission of certified payroll reports. Continue reading →
First introduced in QuickBooks 2011, however, also available in QuickBooks 2012, 2013, and 2014 The Average Days to Pay report lists paid invoices and statement charges; grouped by customer and job, and the number of days that it took the customer to pay. I can see that the Average Days to Pay Report would be a useful tool in helping all businesses, not just contractors, determine their projected cash flow. Continue reading →
Nancy Smyth, Sunburst Software Solutions, Inc.QuickBooks Construction & Payroll Expert
I've been using and supporting QuickBooks products since the early 1990's. I've worked with thousands of contractors, assisting them with QuickBooks setup, Certified Payroll Reporting requirements, AIA Billing and Weighted-Average Overtime.
QuickBooks is a powerful product, but learning how to use it in your construction business can be difficult. I hope you find resources available here to be helpful.
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