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Traditionally,. bookkeeping is not accounting. Although they go hand-in-hand, bookkeeping is the process of preparing the information that the accountant will use to put together financial statements and interpret them. Understanding the difference between bookkeeping and accounting can help you understand why both are necessary for an effective financial strategy. Bookkeeping The administrative aspects of recording your business financials generally fall under the bookkeeping umbrella. One of the main components of bookkeeping

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Time is Running Out for Your Federal Tax Preparation

Thanks once again to the relatively unknown Emancipation Day federal holiday on April 16, we again get extra time for federal tax preparation, but April 17 is still fast approaching. Here are a few thoughts to get you through what could be an anxiety-ridden couple of weeks. 1. Avoid foolish mistakes. Sometimes waiting until the last minute can result in making some mistakes you never would have made otherwise. For example,

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Little Known Tax Deductions to Consider Before Tax Filing

As March comes in like a lamb and may go out as a lion, that leaves plenty of days in between for getting your paperwork to do your tax filing this month. There isn’t much you can do about what the income is. That is a given. But a bit of extra effort to learn about allowable tax deductions and credits can make a big difference on your tax return.

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The Benefits of Using a Professional Tax Preparer

February is one of the busiest months for filing income taxes. Most people have already received all their tax documents, and those anticipating a refund are especially hard at work to get their taxes filed. It can be tempting to rush through doing your own taxes quickly so you can get that refund. However, there are some very good reasons why you should use a professional tax preparer instead. It

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Payroll Service

Crunching the numbers during payroll time can be a big headache and take up a lot of time. Wouldn’t it be easier if there was some way to manage your payroll more easily, so you could focus on running your business instead? One option that many businesses find beneficial is hiring a payroll service that helps them manage employee funds and ensure that everyone is paid accurately and on time.

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Bookkeeping & Tax Service

When you think of bookkeeping and you think of your taxes, it’s easy to see why they seem like separate issues. However, you may find it beneficial to think of bookkeeping & tax services as a unit that help you manage your budget and make sure your taxes are paid on time each year. Here are a few of the ways having a comprehensive bookkeeping & tax service work together

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Accounting Services

Whether you own a business or you are looking for ways to better manage your personal income, knowing where to go for accounting services can make a big difference in your confidence and your management of your funds. At Cathy E. Parker, E.A. Bookkeeping & Tax Service, our accounting services are ideal for a variety of individuals and businesses that are looking for solutions to better money management. Here

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Virtual Assistant

If the thought of opening your mail, paying bills, and sending out invoices doesn’t exactly make you happy to get started each day, then you may be looking for opportunities to take these tasks off your plate. However, you can’t just leave these items by the wayside because your employees and your clients probably expect timely delivery of their documents and payments. One option that may be useful is hiring

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Business Start-Up Assistance

If you are starting a new business, there are a few things you can do to set yourself up for success other than knowing your numbers are right, from managing your expenses and income to knowing where each dollar goes each month. So, what can you do to ensure that you get a great start? Hire a professional accountant to take care of your bookkeeping! Having business start-up assistance from a

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How to Encourage Better Communication with Your Bookkeeper

Your bookkeeper is responsible for managing your business’ expenses, so it’s important to establish a good working relationship with them. If you want to make sure you and your bookkeeper are always on the same page, here are some tips to keep in mind as you go about your daily operations: Stay organized--When you walk into a meeting with your bookkeeper with unorganized receipts, scraps of paper, and unopened envelopes in

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