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As the President of the CPA firm Highpoint Accounting Inc., Susan Bannwart-Mairo offers over 20 years of accounting, business coaching, software consulting and tax experience. She supports home-based, small and mid-size businesses.

In addition to operating her own business, Susan believes in giving back to the community. She is a member of the Chicago QuickBooks ProAdvisor Group, Illinois CPA Society, PTA and former member of the Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates. Susan is Past President of her Illinois CPA Society O’Hare Chapter and also Past Treasurer of the Rotary Club.

Susan is an Illinois Licensed and Registered Certified Public Accountant. She’s also an Advanced QuickBooks® ProAdvisor and certified in QuickBooks Pro, Premier, Enterprise and QuickBooks Online.

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What is New for Desktop QuickBooks 2016

The following features are included with QuickBooks Pro and Premier 2016 and QuickBooks Enterprise Desktop 16.0 Bill Tracker  You can access it from either the menu bar, select Vendors, then Bill Tracker or from the Vendor Center or from the top or left navigation bars.   With the new Bill Tracker dashboard you can: View real-time data and status of the money-out transactions for the business Filter the displayed details by clicking on any of the color blocks at the top Filter the displayed details specifically for: Vendor, which includes a subtotal and the option to expeand or collapse selected vendor details Type of transaction Status of transactions including all, open or overdue Date range Group the displayed information by Vendor Clear/Show all will reset any filters you have selected   Bulk Clear Send Forms You can access it from the menu bar, select File, then Send Forms   With the Bulk Clear Send Forms, you can remove the Email Later selection on the Create Invoice window in batch from the Send Forms menus. Fiscal Year-to-Last Month Report Filter You can access from any report that permits you to filter for a specific date range.  From a displayed report, select the Dates drop-down then choose This Fiscal Year-to-Last Month.     These are just a few items new to QuickBooks,.  If you would like to learn more about these and other new QuickBooks tips and the QuickBook improvements, please call Susan at...

2016 Mileage Rates

Beginning Jan. 1, 2016, the standard mileage rates for the use of a car (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) is: 54 cents per mile for business miles driven 19 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations You always have the option of calculating the actual costs of using their vehicle rather than using the standard mileage rates. You may not use the business standard mileage rate for a vehicle after using any depreciation method under the Modified Accelerated Cost Recovery System (MACRS) or after claiming a Section 179 deduction for that vehicle.  In addition, the business standard mileage rate cannot be used for more than four vehicles used simultaneously. If you would like to learn more about this tax strategy, please call Susan at...
Create Recurring Invoices

Create Recurring Invoices

When you have customers that you charge each month for the same services, QuickBooks Online has a “make recurring” feature.   Click on the Gear Icon at the upper right side then click Recurring Transactions under Lists.   The above screen will appear.  Select Scheduled in the box to the right of Template Type and select Invoice in the box to the right of Transaction Type. Next fill in all the pertinent information above.  You can check the box for “Automatically send emails” so the invoices are e-mailed at your desired interval.  Click the Save Template button on the bottom right side after filling in all the information. Another option to setting up Recurring Invoices is clicking the Plus Sign in the middle of the screen then selecting Invoice under Customers.   You can then fill in the pertinent information then click “make recurring” at the middle bottom of the screen.   This will take you to the recurring transaction screen as shown in Figure 3 above. If you do not check the the box for “Automatically send emails” then you can print the Invoices from the Transactions>Sales click on the box on the left side next to Invoice then select batch action select Print Transactions.  You can then preview the invoice as below.   If you would like to learn more about this QuickBooks Online Strategy, please call Susan at...
Charging for Reimbursable Expenses in QuickBooks Online

Charging for Reimbursable Expenses in QuickBooks Online

Perhaps you would like to be reimbursed by your customers for expenses incurred on their behalf.   With QuickBooks Online, these expenses, called Billable Expenses, can be tracked and invoiced to your customer for reimbursement. To activate the feature that allows you to mark an expense as billable to a customer, you must set the proper preferences in the Company Settings prior to entering transactions. You can find the Company Settings under the gear icon then under Settings.  In the Expenses section, click on the pencil to the right in order to open the box to check the box Make expenses and items billable.     This will add a billable column on bills and checks. When you record an expense, specify an account or product/service item. QuickBooks Online will not allow you to post billable expenses to an income account. Then check the box in the billable column and specify the associated customer or sub-customer. In addition to the financial transaction recording the expenditure, when the transaction is marked as billable to a customer, QuickBooks Online creates a billable expense charge. Billable expense charges are non-posting transactions that are linked to the originating transaction. Changes to the originating expense transaction update the billable expense charge. If the originating expense transaction is un-checked as billable to a customer, the billable expense charge is deleted.   When an invoice is created for a customer that has billable expense charges associated that are not otherwise associated to another invoice, the “drawer”(box(es) to the right titled “Billable expense) will automatically show suggesting you add the charge(s) to the invoice. The drawer will only show charges...