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Keeping Track of Revenue

As an accounting major in college, I quickly learned all of the complicated parts of the accounting cycle. I discovered how to input the details of business transactions into a computerized accounting system. At the end of an accounting cycle, such as a month, I became experienced with calculating the revenue for the period. If you’re starting a new business, determining an accurate amount of revenue for each accounting cycle is crucial. You must know how much profit you’re making each accounting period in order to be successful in the long-term. On this blog, you will discover how an experienced accountant can help you keep track of your revenue.

Keeping Track of Revenue

Tips to Make Business Tax Return Preparation Easy

by Avery Jenkins

Preparing a business tax return requires collecting, reviewing and compiling multiple documents. Keep these tips in mind, and the entire process of gathering documents will go smoothly. 

Use Comprehensive Financial Software

Many software developers offer platforms and applications for managing business finances. Some of these programs are comprehensive in their scope, while others narrowly focus on a single aspect.

Software, in general, will make your business's processes more efficient, and multiple financial programs can help the business's financial processes. When choosing a financial software program to use, select one that's comprehensive. Managing data within a single program that handles everything is much easier than sending data between different programs.

Work With a Bookkeeper

A bookkeeper helps manage the day-to-day aspects of a business's finances. Depending on your business's particular needs, they can send and track invoices, assemble and pay bills, pay employee wages, pay employees, and give disbursements.

Not only does a bookkeeper manage all of this on a daily basis, but they also keep documents properly organized for quarterly and annual taxes. They can send the documents straight to an accountant when the time to prepare your small business tax return comes.

Sign Up for Digital Documents

While you can still fill out, sign and submit physical documents, digital documents have important advantages over physical ones. Digital documents can be sent, signed and received almost instantaneously, and certain parts of filling out the documents can be automated. Automating filling out and transferring information reduces the risk of errant entries.

Whenever you send and receive digital documents, make sure you're using a secure connection -- such as a secure home or cell connection. Don't transmit documents that have sensitive information over public Wi-Fi, which could allow criminals to intercept and steal the documents' information.

Hire an Accountant

Questions will almost certainly arise as you prepare your small business's tax return, for business taxes raise many issues that require applying laws to a business's situation. Don't try to sort through each issue on your own -- doing so is too time-consuming and you're liable to make an incorrect interpretation. Instead, hire an accountant.

An accountant who knows small business taxes will be able to prepare your business's tax return properly, and they can explain any complex issues that arise. Should you be randomly audited, an accountant can also help you supply the additional documentation that the audit of your tax return calls for.