Harriet Gatter

Harriet Gatter

Harriet Gatter is an independent accounting and order management consultant serving only ad specialty distributors. Her specialty is QuickBooks Desktop and QuickBooks Online: getting started; migrating from QB Desktop to Online; converting from other order management; and accounting systems, including manual spreadsheets, restarting QuickBooks files that have gone rogue, and training distributors to use their new system. (She was also a distributor for 23 years.)

Was Your Migration to QuickBooks Online Blocked? Here's Why

Ask the Accountant… Question: I have had a QuickBooks Online account for a few months to play with and see how I liked it, but I was told I could not send data from my QB Premier file into that QBO after 60 days. Is that true? Answer: Yes, it is true. Once you have…

How Does QuickBooks Online Automatically Calculate Sales Tax?

Ask the Accountant… Question: I’ve heard that QuickBooks Online automatically calculates sales tax. How does that work? Answer: Sales tax is calculated automatically in QBO, which is a big advantage and saves a great deal of time and effort to keep your sales tax rates current as you must do in QuickBooks Desktop. The sales…

Can I See Open Sales Order Lists in QuickBooks?

Ask the Accountant: Question: Is there a way to see what a sales order is for in an open sales order list in QuickBooks? Answer: It can be frustrating to look at a list of open sales orders by Customer and not know which order is for which product. There is a workaround for that.…

How to Avoid Security Risks With 1099 Tax Numbers

Ask the Accountant… Question: How can you suggest not keeping 1099 tax id numbers in QuickBooks? If I have security risks with this information, don’t I have security risks with all of my company information in QuickBooks?? Answer: The security risks to your QuickBooks can come from external and internal sources. Of course, you must…

Automatic Downloads of Data: Is It Possible?

Ask the Accountant… Question: Is there anything I need to do if I have my bank and credit card data automatically downloaded into QuickBooks? Does all the information just get recorded? Answer: That sounds lovely, but it does not work that way, unfortunately. It is just a big dump of information into your QuickBooks, and…

How to 'Park' An Entry in QuickBooks for Later

Ask the Accountant… Question: When I enter my credit card charges or bank entries, I don’t always know where to put them in QuickBooks. Do I have to wait until I know before entering them? Answer: QuickBooks has an expense account that allows you to “park” an entry until you can figure out where it…

What Is FinCEN, And How Does It Affect Your Business?

Ask the Accountant… Question: I’ve heard about something called FinCEN. What is it? Answer: In 2021, Congress enacted the Corporate Transparency Act. As a result of this, beginning on Jan. 1, 2024, many companies in the U.S. are required to file a report with information about their beneficial owners (Beneficial Ownership Information). It is known…

Knowing QuickBooks' Two 'View' Options and Which Is Best For You

Ask the Accountant… Question: In QuickBooks Online, I have gotten used to the options on the left side of the screen that included things like Dashboard, Banking, Sales, and Expenses. Now an entirely different list of options is showing with things like "Get things done," "Business Overview," "Bookkeeping," and "Commerce." What happened? Answer: QBO offers…

How Can I Solve These QuickBooks Problems?

Ask the Accountant… Question: My QB Premier is having problems. Can you suggest anything to try to fix this? Answer: The problem might be that you are missing an update. Go to Help > UPDATE QuickBooks Desktop > Update Now. This will download and install any updates you don’t yet have, provided your QB Premier…

Meet Amy Williams: Attorney and Promotional Distributor

Ask the Accountant… Question: I get frequent requests for names of accounting or legal professionals “who know our industry.” They are few and far between. I was recently introduced to an attorney who indeed “knows our industry,” and you might want to meet her. Answer: Amy Williams is an attorney who is also an ad…

Can You Still Purchase QuickBooks Premier?

Ask the Accountant… Question: Can I still purchase QB Premier? Answer: I recently received a copy of The Woodard Report, which addresses this very question. Intuit has announced that, as of July 31, 2024, no new subscriptions for QB Pro Plus or Premier Plus will be sold. This will not impact current subscribers of QB Pro Plus…

What To Do About 'Odd, Glitchy,' QuickBooks?

Ask the Accountant… Question: My QBO is doing odd, glitchy kind of things. Is there anything I can do for it? Answer: QuickBooks Online (QBO) can have issues. You can try the universal fix of shutting the program and your computer down and restarting it. When you reopen QBO, do so with the Chrome or…

Which QuickBooks Online Version Is Right for Me?

Ask the Accountant… Question: I am looking at QuickBooks Online, but I don’t know which version to get. Can you help? Answer: QB Online (QBO) has four products: Simple Start, Essentials, QBO Plus, and Advanced. The products are listed in order of the number of features, with Simple Start having the least features and Advanced…

Be Careful If Using QuickBooks Live Bookkeeping

Ask the Accountant… Question: Do you have any experience with QuickBooks Live Bookkeeping? Answer: I have not personally worked with QuickBooks Live Bookkeeping, but I have had a couple of distributors come to me after trying to use this service. In one instance, a distributor had a QuickBooks file that he had not kept up…

QuickBooks Online For Free? Maybe Too Good to Be True for Distributors

Ask the Accountant… Question: I’ve seen an offer from QuickBooks to set up QuickBooks Online for free. Should I use that? Answer: QuickBooks wants as many businesses as possible to be in QB Online (QBO), and they are using many means to convince businesses to switch from QB Desktop or to start their business in…