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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.)

Harriet Gatter, owner of Accounting Support LLC, was an ad specialty distributor for 23 years and an adjunct professor of accounting at Neumann University. She sold her ad specialty business in 2012, became certified as a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, and now works exclusively with ad specialty distributors nationwide on their QuickBooks, order management and accounting needs.

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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