2013 New Guidelines for Mailing Tax Documents to the IRS or FTB

The IRS updated the guidelines for mailing tax returns and other tax-related documents.  If a tax return or other tax-related document is not mailed through the U.S. mail or qualifying PDS (Private Delivery Service), it must be received by the IRS or other tax-related agency by the deadline in order to be timely.  PDSs cannot deliver to post office box addresses at IRS centers. 

Use QuickBooks "QuickReport" feature to see what you owe a specific vendor

Using a QuickBooks quick report feature to find out what is owed to a specific vendor

Suppose you're viewing the Vendor list in the Vendor Center and you want to see a history of all transactions for a certain vendor. Select the vendor's name, then click the QuickReport link at the top right section of the window. You'll see a report listing information about each bill for that vendor.

To see what you owe a vendor:

  1. Click Vendor Center on the icon bar.

QuickBooks displays the Vendor Center.

Money Saving Tip for Your Organization 101

Where do companies waste money in their operational expenses?

Most organizations have as many as 35 different non-strategic, indirect expenses that collectively amount to anywhere between 1 and 12 percent of a company’s revenue. Indirect expenses where cost-savings can be found include:

*Cleaning supplies
*Copy/fax machines
*Credit card processing
*Express delivery
*Energy (gas/electric)
*Freight, industrial supplies
*Office products
*Payroll processing
*Waste removal

Employers avoid these employment pitfalls with your employees

Pamphlet Pitfalls

Employers in California must provide employees with information about an array of employment related topics, from benefits to legal protection from harassment in the workplace. California law requires employers to distribute five pamphlets to employees:

  1. Sexual Harassment Hurts Everyone
  2. Your Rights to Workers’ Compensation Benefits and How to Obtain Them
  3. Disability Insurance Provisions (DE 2515)
  4. Paid Family Leave Benefits (DE 2511)
  5. For Your Benefit: California’s Programs for the Unemployed (DE 2320)

New Sales and Use Tax Rates effective April 1, 2013

Voters approved a number of sales and use tax rate increases effective April 1, 2013. The table below shows the new rate for each of the cities and counties.

City        New Code           New Acronym   Prior Rate            New Rate           

Employers can be reimbursed by providing qualified training to it's employees

The Employment Training Panel (ETP) provides funding to employers to assist in upgrading the skills of their workers through training that leads to good paying, long-term jobs. The ETP was created in 1982 by the California State Legislature and is funded entirely by California employers through a special payroll tax. The ETP is a funding agency, not a training agency. Businesses determine their own training needs and how to provide training. ETP staff is available to assist in applying for funds and other aspects of participation.

Does Your Small Business Qualify for Government Contracts?

Does Your Small Business Qualify for Government Contracts?

There is a tool on the SBA website that can help you determine if you qualify as a "small business" under SBA size standards. Qualifying as "small" may allow your business to take advantage of valuable government contracting opportunities reserved for small businesses.

Changes to the Mechanic's Lien Laws on Contractor's State License Board

SACRAMENTO — The Contractors State License Board (CSLB) is reminding licensees of revisions that were made to the state’s mechanics lien laws on July 1, 2012. Legal revisions mainly change the wording and format of the mechanics lien notice. Because of the changes, CSLB has updated release forms to reflect the new language. Contractors can use these documents to protect their lien rights on construction projects.

QuickBooks 2013 R4 Patch Update for alternative icon bar available Now!

You will find the following updates:

Alternate Icon Bar

In the R4 patch (available via web patch on 12/5/12 and manual patch on 12/12/12), we have introduced an alternative top icon bar with colored icons and a light colored background. This alternate is in response to customer feedback that the black background with white icons is difficult to read.

Customers can choose this option via Edit > Preferences > Desktop View > My Preferences > Switch to colored icons/light background


State Labor Law Poster Compliance for 2013

Are you compliant?
If you have not updated your State Labor Law Poster in the last 12 months you are out of compliance.  See below for a brief summary of some of those changes: