Small Business

Booking company entertainment expenses

Most firms organize regular company events - business meals aren’t a rarity either. While selecting the menu plays an important role in the organization of such events, it’s just as important, if not more, to properly record all of your meal and entertainment expenses so that you can file for tax deductions. [...]  

Order confirmations: Write them perfectly with a template

If a customer accepts an offer that you’ve submitted, you should formally confirm the order. In theory, an oral communication is sufficient, but a written confirmation of the agreed services and conditions is much more serious and secure. With templates for Word, Excel, and others, you can create such order confirmations in just a few minutes. [...]  

Creating goods receipts with delivery note templates

A goods receipt is a useful document for both the supplying company as well as the recipient and should therefore be sent out with all deliveries, especially large ones. Even though it isn’t required by law, it’s standard practice in sales. Once you’ve found the right template, you can create a delivery note in minutes. [...]  

Quotation templates: how practical samples work

With a professional template, you can increase your chances of turning the interested party into a customer. In order to achieve this, the quote should correspond to the recipient’s needs as well as have a professional structure, layout, and content. Quotation templates for Word and Excel offer the perfect support. [...]  

Invoice templates: How Excel, Word, and Co. help with the transmission of payment information

Using a template to write invoices saves you a fair bit of time. While you still have to enter all of the payment information for each order on your own, sample invoices provide a ready-made design that you just have to fill in using the relevant company and customer data. But how does the perfect invoice template really look? And what should an invoice template consist of? [...]  

Invoice numbers: What to pay attention to

Numbering your invoices isn’t required under U.S. law, but it’s a helpful tool for managing your business and tracking your transaction history. Utilizing a good invoice numbering system makes it easier to locate invoices for future referencing, and can come in handy when accessing sale records for customer service purposes. Following a structured invoice numbering system can also be helpful when conducting business with customers in other countries with stricter invoice regulations in place. [...]  

Entertainment expenses for accounting and taxes

Business meals are a significant part of many businesses day-to-day activities. There are many companies out there that spend a lot of money in order to be able to have a nice setting and atmosphere to conduct meetings with clients. This can be to discuss both current and future projects. However, once the bill comes, there is also the important matter of the entertainment expense receipt. Anyone involved in business should make sure that they are well informed about documentation for meal and entertainment expenses, as this is something which the tax authorities are very picky about. Here we outline all that you need to know about entertainment expense receipts. [...]  

Entertainment expenses – make the most of the tax incentives

When it comes to the entertaining of both clients and employees, it is possible to save a lot of money by following the tax authorities’ guidelines closely. By doing this you can spend a fraction of what you would on entertainment expenses and even get 100 percent of some expenses back. Find out here which events can be counted under this scheme as well as what the requirements are for doing it legally and successfully. [...]  

Cash inflow and outflow, simply explained

As April 15 approaches, businesses are faced with a major challenge: They not only need to communicate their tax returns to the IRS, but also their previous year’s profits. Small businesses, self-employed individuals, and freelancers need to take the cash inflow and outflow principle into account when calculating their profit. But what exactly does this mean? This guide will help you through this element of cash-basis accounting. [...]  

Required components and information for a proper invoice

Only proper invoices are approved by the IRS. If the invoice is incorrect or incomplete, you forfeit your right to tax deductions, among other consequences. To avoid this, make sure that you always meet the minimum invoice requirements. This quick guide explains what information and components are mandatory on your invoices, what can and can’t be omitted, and which special rules you should pay attention to when invoicing. [...]