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How much was that stuff worth?

How much was that stuff worth? I have to prepare a fairly precise net worth statement for Sept 93 on short notice. Most is easily pulled off old statements, but how do I come up with a solid fair market valuation for household/personal goods? It's peak tax season, so impossible to get an fast answer from an accountant. The only obvious calculator just throws validation errors. [more inside]
posted by nakedcodemonkey on Mar 28, 2008 - 3 answers

How does my company pay this Israeli?

What is the proper way, in terms of accounting and tax laws, for my small business to pay an independent contractor who is an Israeli citizen in the US on a student visa? [more inside]
posted by BillBishop on Mar 10, 2008 - 10 answers

Are there special accounting requirements for dealing with the Defense Department Acquisitions program?

Looking for tips on dealing with the defense department acquisitions system. Basically, I am preparing taxes for a new LLC that expects to land some government contracts, and they are asking me about how best to deal with DFARS. None of my accounting connections knows anything about this. Should I just refer them to a D.C. based CPA who has experience, or is it not a big deal?
posted by mrhappy on Mar 9, 2008 - 2 answers

Good Accounting Software Recommendation

I work for a billing company and we would like to use an accounting software that can process credit cards and deposit the funds into our clients respective bank accounts. Does anyone have any experience doing this or have any recommendations?
posted by deadparrot on Feb 29, 2008 - 1 answer

Australian tax question EXCITING. Not.

Any Australian mefites out there with tax accounting knowledge for film/tv workers? I am so confused about this "income averaging" thing everyone's talking about. I get the theory of why and how income averaging works, but I'm a bit confused about who is eligible, as I've been hearing conflicting stories... [more inside]
posted by mooza on Feb 26, 2008 - 4 answers

What's the perfect app to track expenses?

Is there an expense reporting app that's flexible, handy, and will help me finish next year's taxes quickly and easily? I know about excel, quicken, and various financial transaction apps, but what if I drive 100 miles to a tech conference and want to note my mileage? And what if I'm out entertaining clients and I want to pop onto my iPhone to note the total bill for the evening (before I forget the next day to open excel). Are there any web-based flexible apps for doing all the expense reporting you might need for a small business' bookkeeping needs?
posted by mathowie on Jan 31, 2008 - 7 answers

Should I get my Master's in Accounting instead of MBA?

I am contemplating on pursuing a Master's degree in Accounting. I am hoping to eventually be a CFO of a public company one day, and it seems having a CPA is better than spending additional year or two getting an MBA in Finance or something. I'd very much appreciate any feedback on this! [more inside]
posted by icollectpurses on Jan 8, 2008 - 4 answers

I paid my kid sister's tuition last year. How do I approach that for tax purposes?

I paid my kid sister's tuition last year. How do I approach that for tax purposes? [more inside]
posted by joshjs on Jan 3, 2008 - 7 answers

In need of *easy* method for tracking multiple sources of income.

I want to simply my recording-keeping. Seeking an *easy* method for tracking multiple sources of income. [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Jan 2, 2008 - 8 answers

I'm walking out to be a bookkeeper. Or am I?

You know all the boring, tedious stuff that you have to do to keep your business running? The stuff that you think is a waste of your creative genius time that you'd like to just pay somebody else to do? The bookkeeping, invoicing, budgeting ... everything having to do with spreadsheets, numbers, QuickBooks and filing cabinets? Well, what careers might that describe? [more inside]
posted by iguanapolitico on Dec 27, 2007 - 13 answers

My head's about to explode...

Can someone please point me in the right direction to find practice test papers for Financial Accounting? (Balance Sheets, Income Statements, Statements of Returns on Equity, Cash Flow Statements, Depreciation, Ratios, etc. etc.) Assorted business schools worries inside. [more inside]
posted by Zé Pequeno on Oct 28, 2007 - 5 answers

IR35 (UK) News as RSS feeds?

Any advice on which websites offer the best information on IR35 in the UK in a format that would allow me to easily keep up to date with the latest developments or issues? [more inside]
posted by monkeyforest on Oct 22, 2007 - 2 answers

Is it possible to open a QuickBooks 2006 company file in QuickBooks 2004?

Is it possible to open a QuickBooks 2006 company database file in an older version of QuickBooks, namely QuickBooks 2004? Or is there a way to downgrade a 2006 database to a version that would open in 2004? Basically need to open a new database in an old version. Is it possible?
posted by doomtop on Oct 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Need accounting software design with IT consulting in mind

I've been struggling to find accounting software, online or PC/Mac based (either will do) that is suitable for a computer consulting practice. I need to be able to handle the typical basic things done by QuickBooks, like invoicing and estimates, simple A/R and A/P reports, etc. But that isn't enough. I need to manage multiple bill rates on a per consultant/per customer/per job or work order basis. QuickBooks doesn't do that, and I've tried hard to find out how to make that work. Any advice, hive mind?
posted by Merdryn on Oct 3, 2007 - 3 answers

Accounting Question

What is the difference between an accounting association vs. an accounting network? Also, how does this distinction relate, if at all, to the Parmalat scandal?
posted by josher71 on Aug 21, 2007 - 1 answer

Will I have to retake the CPA exam if I move?

If I take (and pass) the CPA Exam in one state, will I have to retake the exam if I move to another state?
posted by bkpr on Aug 15, 2007 - 2 answers

What's better: Get paid less now, or more later?

AccountingFilter: Client convenience aside, does receiving "instant payment" for my services via PayPal make financial sense rather than waiting for a check to come in the mail 30 days later? Help me unlock the secrets of the Time Value of Money. [more inside]
posted by Wild_Eep on Aug 1, 2007 - 18 answers

FASB Pronouncements in HTML?

Accountingfilter: Does FASB provide HTML versions of their pronouncements? If no, why not? [more inside]
posted by aliasless on Jul 5, 2007 - 3 answers

Help me get my friends' businesses off the Microsoft and Intuit upgrade treadmills

Has anybody already done the work of configuring GnuCash for an Australian small business? If so, what's involved in electronic submission of a BAS, and is there an easy way to transfer records to an accountant who thinks QuickBooks is the Only Thing? No more inside.
posted by flabdablet on Jun 13, 2007 - 4 answers

The check is in the mail!

Looking for a little advise as to how to handle information or some ideas of a decent, and cheap (maybe free) software allowing me to track information gathered when doing accounts receivable or collection calls (NO I am not that person calling people around dinner time to ask why they have not paid the cable bill). Our customers are all corporations and are good about paying just some are a bit slower than we would like so we call to check on the status of payments. We currently use QuickBooks to do our invoicing and the method that I am currently using is to pull an aging report, pull the older invoices up and then type notes in the notes field of that invoice which I feel is not all that efficient of a method. Any advise or help that you can provide is appreciated. Have an enjoyable weekend!
posted by scooters.toad on Feb 23, 2007 - 3 answers

Why do companies wait so long before giving out W-2s?

Why do companies wait so long before giving out W-2s? [more inside]
posted by stuckie on Jan 30, 2007 - 11 answers

Accounting software for dunces

I need accounting software that will help me manage 20-30 people's income and expenses. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Jan 29, 2007 - 5 answers

Clear my accounting course confusion

I could use your help hive mind. I'm currently taking an accounting course in college, and I'm having difficulties with financial statements and what gets reported where. I'm looking a mnemonic system that can embed this into my brain, as well as tricks and formulas which can help simplify this for me. [more inside]
posted by dropkick on Jan 18, 2007 - 6 answers

How can I get this interview?

Specific questions about work at a library... [more inside]
posted by iurodivii on Dec 21, 2006 - 7 answers

It's all about the Benjamins

What can I do over winter break to make some extra money? [more inside]
posted by thetenthstory on Nov 20, 2006 - 7 answers

How worthwhile is an MBA degree from a non-top tier school?

How much is an MBA from a lower-tier school worth? Especially when compared to a Masters in Accounting from a higher-end school? [more inside]
posted by Darke on Nov 8, 2006 - 11 answers

Home-based bean counting for maximum profit.

Jaded cubicle monkey seeks internet advice on self-employment in bookkeeping. Can I make a living as a low-end bean counter at home? [more inside]
posted by Potloaf on Nov 3, 2006 - 4 answers

Standard Chart of Accounts for Machine Shops?

Is there a “standardized” chart of accounts setup that is widely used among machine shops/small manufacturers (USA)? Working with other industries in the past (veterinary and restaurants), I have found that many choose to use a standard industry-specific chart of accounts – often established by a national industry association, etc. I have googled, etc. but have not found anything worthwhile for machine shops/small manufacturers... Any accountants or shop owners out there?
posted by randex8 on Nov 2, 2006 - 2 answers

How can I get Redovisningsrådets Akutgrupp information in English?

Swedish Business-Filter: Where can I find the actual text of the Swedish Financial Accounting Standards Council’s recommendations RR 30 – RR 32? Preferably translated into English? [more inside]
posted by Darke on Sep 25, 2006 - 3 answers

Vancouver accountants?

Possibly a longshot : can anyone recommend an accountant in Vancouver? [more inside]
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken on Sep 14, 2006 - 5 answers

Studiometry help

Studiometry questions: I've been trying this program out for a few days and it seems ok, but the support for it just doesn't seem to exist, so I have some questions about how to do some things. [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Sep 9, 2006 - 1 answer

Best small-business accounting software?

Number-crunchingFilter: What's the best small-business accounting software for a non-accountant? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Sep 3, 2006 - 9 answers

Small business logistics? software? hacks?

Help me get my small business more organized! Need small business management software recommendations, hacks. [more inside]
posted by eileen on Aug 9, 2006 - 1 answer

Accumulated amortization what?

Suggestions for good, simple to understand, accounting books? [more inside]
posted by valleys on Jul 31, 2006 - 6 answers

You have to be crazy to work in accounting, but since you want a job, you must not be crazy

Ok, this is getting ridiculous. I'm incredibly qualified for data entry work, but all the data entry in my area falls under the heading of "accounting". I'd love to get some accounting experience, but every job that would give me accounting experience requires at least a year of -- wait for it -- accounting experience. What can I do?
posted by squidlarkin on Jul 17, 2006 - 12 answers

Do you have any tricks to ensure that you track your money?

Do you have any tricks to ensure that you track your money? [more inside]
posted by bigmusic on Jul 17, 2006 - 19 answers

Online Invoice Payments?

Online payments: I need a way to invoice and have clients pay invoices online. Not with Paypal because that requires too many hoops for the client. Preferably with something that will allow payments via a credit card using Authorize.net or Paypal Web Payments Pro. [more inside]
posted by letterneversent on Jun 16, 2006 - 4 answers

How do I sort out my freelance tax disaster?

I did a lot of freelance work last year but didn't keep good records. What's the best way to find out what I owe for 2005 & avoid the problem this year? [more inside]
posted by octavia on Feb 6, 2006 - 10 answers

Will the Crooks Get Away With It?

Will the crooks get away with it? [more inside]
posted by astorias on Feb 4, 2006 - 8 answers

Simple Accounting Inventory program not named Quickbooks?

I run a tiny record label. So far we have one release under our belt and book keeping has been relatively easy as far as keeping track of what outlets we sell the cd too, and keeping track of collections and what not...We have three releases planned for the upcoming months, and this is gonna throw a wrench into our book keeping.. I could very well, just adopt the same policy for every release as I do for our first one, but it seems like a lot more work then needs to be done.. I keep a simple ledger for each account with how may cd's they took in, what they ow, and when a check comes in subtract the payment from the existing balance. NOw with some vendors having two or three of our releases, and checks coming in for more then one of our releases, Im gonna need a better way to keep track of ... (more inside) [more inside]
posted by TwilightKid on Jan 17, 2006 - 6 answers

How to be a treasurer for an academic conference

Since I figured "hey, I can do algebra!", I volunteered to be the treasurer for an academic conference coming up in a couple of months. Thing is, I've never been a treasurer before; what do I need to do? [more inside]
posted by rkent on Jan 17, 2006 - 2 answers

mac accounting software filter: Should I buy a PC laptop solely to run Quickbooks?

Should I buy a PC laptop solely to run Quickbooks? [more inside]
posted by Xurando on Jan 9, 2006 - 16 answers

Looking for an LA based lawyer and accountant

Can anybody provide a referral to a lawyer and/or an accountant with experience advising small businesses (internet based) in the start-up phase? I'm located in Los Angeles in the South Bay area. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Dec 13, 2005 - 2 answers

Looking for an LA based lawyer and accountant

Can you provide a referral to a lawyer and/or an accountant with experience advising small businesses (internet based) in the start-up phase? I'm located in Los Angeles in the South Bay area. [more inside]
posted by willnot on Dec 1, 2005 - 1 answer

Building a web-based accounting software

I am tasked with writing a web-based accounting software in PHP-MySQL. My background in accounting is minimal. I understand enough of debits & credits & transactions and such, but I'd like to find some resources which could help me in working out the programming workflow, database relationships, etc, ie the technical parts of developing such a system.
posted by arrowhead on Aug 6, 2005 - 14 answers

Am I beating the Dow?

How would I get a good approximation of a portfolio return on an investment account which has regular incoming and outgoing cash-flows, so that I can compare it to mutual fund and stock index performance? [more inside]
posted by Big Fat Tycoon on Jul 8, 2005 - 8 answers

Accountant recommendation in Chicago

Can anyone recommend a good accountant in Chicago? My boyfriend is starting a small home-based business and needs someone to help him get (and keep) everything in order. Bonus if the accountant is in Ukrainian Village/Wicker Park.
posted by smich on Jul 6, 2005 - 1 answer

How best to learn basic book keeping?

I'm the treasurer of a small non-profit organization who has been keeping track of our group's finances in a crude, checkbook-style format. I'd like to keep the financial records in a more professional way, as if we were a small business. What's the best way for me to learn how to do this? Can anyone suggest good books or software that will help me learn this?
posted by capcuervo on Mar 9, 2005 - 6 answers

Invoicing smack down!

I'm new to the consulting world AND my mind has erased anything practical it might have learned in college accounting courses. My client is really slow to pay me, and I want to start charging them interest for overdue balances. My google-foo is failing, I can't seem to find any bookkeeping tutorials that tell me how to calculate this (daily? weekly? how much?), or even how to format/word it on my invoices. Can anyone either tell me how to do this, or direct me to an appropriate web resource?
posted by Kololo on Feb 28, 2005 - 6 answers

Collecting/numbering tax documents of different filetypes and exporting to PDF or Word.

Does anyone know of a program for Windows 2000/XP that will bring several different types of document files and image files together into one interface? This application should be able to reorder and renumber the pages accordingly. Also the tool must be able to export the end product into a universal format such as PDF or Word. [more inside]
posted by airguitar on Feb 22, 2005 - 4 answers

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