Equine Accounting: Assistance from the IRS to pay for Child Care

Whether you work for yourself or someone else, worrying about care of your children while you are at work can cause both financial and emotional stress. Well relax; the IRS is here to help. The Child and Dependent Care Credit is available to many taxpayers for care incurred during vacations and throughout the year. For parents who are working (or looking for work) and arrange for day care for their children under thirteen years of age, this credit may provide some reimbursement toward the cost of this care.
What you need to know:

•You may use up to $3,000 of the unreimbursed expenses paid in a year for one qualifying individual or $6,000 for two or more qualifying individuals to calculate the credit.
•The range of the actual credit is between 20 and 35 percent of your qualifying expenses, depending upon your income. Unlike many other deductions and credits, there is no upper limit on the amount of your adjusted gross income.
•You (and your spouse if filing jointly) must have earned income during the year.
•Both in-home sitters and daycare facilities outside the home qualify you for some tax benefit if you are eligible for the credit.
•The cost of day camp may count as an expense towards the credit. However, expenses for overnight camps do not qualify.
•When you submit your tax return, you must complete IRS Form 2441 and provide the name and tax identification number for the individual providing the care.
•This is a tax CREDIT, which directly reduces the amount of tax due on your return. However, it is a nonrefundable tax credit - which means that it cannot reduce the amount of tax due to less than zero.
Please see IRS Publication 503 (http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/p503.pdf) for more information.

Reflections on Equine Affaire MA

In my opinion, this year Equine Affaire attracted an even bigger crowd than in recent past years - this in a time when the sentences in many news broadcasts start with phrases such as "Due to the recession", "As a result of the poor economy", etc. And people weren't just there - they were buying! How did they do it? What is it about Equine Affaire that attracted you to attend?
This month, rather than discussing an accounting or tax topic related to horse businesses, I want to get down to basics. Equine Affaire has found a way to attract vendors, presenters and consumers in droves. Rather than accept the premise that a poor economy is an insurmountable obstacle to a successful event, they just "made it work".
Do you view the current economy as an opportunity? Demand still exists in the horse industry but it might no longer be for the goods or services upon which your business is currently focused. Has your business kept pace with the changing economy? Is there something you can do to meet these new demands?
There will be a wide variety of options available to you, based on your individual situation. But you need to evaluate which ones are best for you. Do some research. Talk to your customers to find out what they need, not what you think they need. Do they have an unmet need that you can satisfy? Look at businesses that are successful now. What are they doing right?
Identify your target market? Who is your ideal customer and how can you market to reach them?
When you have a defined concept of what needs to be done in your business in order to change to adapt to current conditions, create a business plan. Be as detailed as possible with benchmarks that you hope to reach within a specific timeframe so you have a method to evaluate your progress. Keep detailed financial records so you have solid numbers, rather than using impressions and feelings as guideposts.
I know that when times are tough, it feels pretty overwhelming to consider making big changes that involve a lot more commitment and energy on your part. But the payoff will make it all worthwhile. You know owners of horse-related businesses who were "making it work" for them so it is possible. We can't all be Equine Affaires. But maybe you can be.
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Equine Accounting: On the road again...deductible expenses from horse show travel

With show season behind us for most parts of the country, it's a good time to discuss which expenses which are incurred while you are showing "away from home" are deductible. This will help you when getting information together for your current year tax return as well as preparing for next season's expenses.
In general travel expenses are deductible if they are directly related to conducting your business. "Ordinary and necessary" (as defined by the IRS: an ordinary expense is an expense that is common or accepted in the taxpayer's trade or business; a necessary expense is one that is appropriate for the business) travel expenses such as transportation, lodging and incidental travel costs, such as laundry, tips etc. would be deductible if supported by documentation such as receipts. Be sure to document the business purpose of each expense.
The cost of meals consumed on a business trip are deductible, subject to a 50% limit. Again,only the ordinary and necessary costs of meals are deductible. Facts and circumstances dictate what is considered ordinary and necessary but keep in mind the ultimate determination is made by the IRS (if your are audited).
If you engage in both personal and business activities while on your trip, be sure to document in detail which costs are associated with your business. If you travel to a location for primarily personal purposes and while there, transact business, the costs of travelling to and from the location would NOT be deductible. But if you travel for primarily business purposes, then your costs of travelling to and from the location would be deductible. You would allocate the costs incurred while there between personal and business and only the business portion would be deductible. If your transportation costs for showing are significant, the tax savings of determining those costs to be deductible could b substantial.
If anyone else (including your spouse) accompanies you on your business trip, in order for those expenses to be deductible, the person accompanying you must work for your business, their presence must serve a bona fide business purpose and the costs would have been deductible had they been incurred by someone who was not accompanying you.
There MUST be a business purpose for showing, in order for the related expenses to be tax deductible. Don't rely on theory and generalities to prove your point to the IRS if you are audited. At every show, keep a record of who you coached, what potential clients you met, the sales horses you rode, etc. If you need to accumulate certain scores or ribbons in order to be certified as a judge/instructor/etc., document which shows and which classes you entered in order to fulfill your requirement. You can use this information not just in case of an audit but in planning for the same show next year, to send out marketing materials and to track fulfillment of any continuing education requirements.
Showing can be a great marketing tool and a legitimate tax deduction. Keep detailed records and follow IRS regulations. Best wishes at the show!

Equine Accounting: Entity ABCs

SP, LLC and Subchapter S - what does it all mean and why do you need to know? These are several of the different types of legal entities that businesses adopt, which allow the business to take on an existence apart from it's owners - though the owners still control the business.
The type of entity that you choose will affect your personal responsibility for the liabilities of the business. A lawyer can best advise you as to which entity would be the optimum solution for your personal situation.
But the choice of legal entity also affects your personal income tax liability. In order to best utilize the tax advantages of each type of entity, you need to understand how the incomes goes from your business cash register through your tax return and into your pocket.
Flow through entity types: An entity is considered a "Flow through" type because the income of the entity is treated as the income of the owners. For Federal tax purposes, a flow through entity avoids double taxation because only owners themselves are taxed on the revenue. Net Income is divided among the owners and each owner pays taxes on that income as part of their personal income tax return. Generally, losses from the business can be applied against income from other sources (investment income, salary of spouse, etc), which will decrease the individual tax liability. Whether these losses can be applied against other income is subject to regulations on hobby loss, tax shelters and material participation, among others.
Types of flow through entities include:

1. Sole Proprietorship: This is the simplest form of doing business for tax purposes. a business operated by one individual owner (or married couple who jointly own and operate a business may elect for each spouse to be treated as a sole proprietor) is a sole proprietorship. You file a Schedule C or F (Farm income) as a schedule of your personal Form 1040 and the business is not required to file a separate tax return.
2. Partnership: When a business is operated by two or more owners (in this type of entity, owners are known as "partners"), with each owner contributing to the business and each sharing in the profits and losses of the business, the owners may elect the partnership as the legal form of entity for that business. The partnership is required to file a tax return (Form 1065) but the form is informational only. There is no tax liability for the business itself.
3. Subchapter S Corporation: A business with 100 or fewer ownrs (in this type of entity, owners are known as "Shareholders") may elect to be a Subchapter S Corporation. As a type of flow through entity, income or loss of the business is included as part of the personal income of each shareholder and except for under very limited circumstances, the business has no income tax liability. The corporation is required to file a tax return (Form 1120S) but the form is for informational purposes only.
4. LLC: The LLC (Limited Liability Company) is a legal entity but is not recognized by the IRS for tax purposes. So a business organized as an LLC would be required to elet to be taxed otherwise - as a Sole Proprietorship, Partnership or C Corporation. Owners in an LLC are known as "Members".

Non flow through entity type:

C Corporation: This probably the most complex form of doing business. A C Corporation is a separate taxable entity from its owners. It not only files a separate tax return but has its own tax liability. Profits by the business are taxed on a corporate level and if distributed to the owners, taxed again on an individual level.
Some important considerations when determining the best type of entity for your business would be the extent to which you need to limit legal liability and the future plans for your business in years and generations to come. In some cases, relief from personal legal liability has more value to the owner than simplicity of operation or tax benefits. Seek the advice of an attorney when making this important decision. Be sure you understand not only the benefits but the future responsibilities involved in your choice.
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For this newsletter, the information will be delivered in audio, rather than written format. Recently, I had the opportunity to be a guest on the Horse Tip Daily Show on Horse Radio Network. I've provided the links to those broadcasts below.

Thanks so much to Glenn the Geek at HRN for the invitation. For those of you who aren't familiar with HRN, please check it out. The Horse Tip Daily Show is 5-10 minutes on just about any horse topic you can imagine, by an expert in the field. HRN also has shows dedicated to the disciplines of Jumping, Eventing, Dressage and much more. Something for everyone, in interesting, bite-sized pieces. Thanks for listening.


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Equine Accounting: Audit Red Flags

No one wants to see the IRS knocking at their door, requesting an audit of a prior year tax return. Sometimes, it's just the luck of the draw. But there are things that you can do (and NOT DO!!!) to decrease your chances of being audited.

Who is audited? Estimates vary but approximately 1 to 1.5 percent of all taxpayers are audited. Most tax returns singled out by the IRS for audit contain either tax deductions that appear to be too high in relationship to the person's income, or tax items that are erroneous, tax items that require proof or an explanation, or are on the IRS' list of hot tax issues. About 16 million tax returns each year are tagged as having a potential discrepancy -- out of 140 million returns filed in 2008. Of those approximately one third are actually reviewed by an auditor.
What happens with pulled returns varies from taxpayer to taxpayer based on your individual circumstances. You may simply receive a notice that your taxes have been recalculated with a request for more money. If there is a question about a specific deduction or expense, you may receive a request for more information. In some cases, you will be asked to sit down with an IRS examiner and answer questions and provide more information in person.
Why Me? Contrary to popular belief, the method used to submit your return is not a factor in the audit selection process. The selection is done after the data is entered, whether via e-filed return or the return being input by an employee. The IRS selects returns for examination based on a weighted analysis of the data provided on your return. For example, if your Adjusted Gross Income is $200,000 and your charitable contributions are $10,000, you would receive a low "weight" to your data. However, if your Adjusted Gross Income is $50,000 with the same $10,000 amount of charitable contributions, a "heavy" weight is assigned. The IRS selection process will give a higher score to the person with the lower income, even though the amount of the deduction is the same. Every line on the return is "scored" on a weighted scale and the weight varies based on the other factors on your return, like AGI or filing status. The weighted values are added together and a number is generated. Larger numbers have a great chance of an audit.
The High-Risk Audit Areas:
1. High Wages
IRS Audit Statistics
Income for Tax Returns
Tax Returns Filed
Tax Returns Examined
Percent Examined
Less Than $25,000
$25,000 to $50,000
$50,000 to $100,000
Greater Than 100,000

As for the higher earners, returns showing income of $200,000 and above have a nearly 3 percent audit chance. The percentage jumps to more than 6 percent for returns with earnings of $1 million or more.
2. High Itemized Personal Deductions
You have large amounts of itemized deductions on your tax return that exceed IRS targets.

If your itemized tax deductions on your tax return exceed a target range as set by the IRS, the chances of being audited by the IRS increase. This is especially true if you claim large cash contributions to charities in relation to your income on your tax return. This does not mean that you should not take tax deductions on your tax return that you are entitled to, but you should realize that your chances for an audit increase if your tax deductions exceed the averages for your income level.

3. Tax Shelter Losses
You claim tax shelter investment losses on your tax return particularly if one or both taxpayers have high income from other sources. The IRS will question whether there is an attempt to use the horse business as a tax shelter.

4. Complex Expenses/Transactions
You have complex investment or business expenses or other transactions on your tax return.

5. Cash used routinely in your business

You own or work in a business which receives cash and/or tips in the ordinary course of business. Lesson income is definitely an example of a cash business so be sure that your day sheets include a list of checks received and those checks tie into your bank deposits.

6. High Business Expenses
Your business expenses are large in relation to your income on your tax return or show losses continually, year after year.

7. Rental Property
You have rental expenses on your tax return.

8. Prior/Related audit
A prior IRS audit resulted in a tax deficiency or you are a shareholder or partner in an audited partnership or corporation.

9. Unreported Taxable IncomeThe IRS discovers unreported taxable income when its computers match the taxable income you reported on your tax return with information gathered from banks, brokerages and customers of independent contractors. The most common example of this is unreported bank interest. To help avoid omitting income on your return, review last year's tax return to make sure you have the necessary 1099's, etc. from mutual funds, banks and other sources . Report income exactly as it appears on the 1099 Form.

10. Self Employment
The IRS believes most under-reporting of taxable income and abuse of tax deductions occurs among those who are self employed so they are audited by the IRS more frequently than employees. The temptation with some who are self employed is to deduct personal as well as business expenses on their tax return. Be sure there is a true business purposes for each expense.
The audit rate for self employed entities is greatest among sole proprietors. In 2008, a sole proprietor with gross receipts of between $100,000 and $200,000 had an audit rate of 3.9%. To minimize your risk of audit, consider changing your entity. You can, for example, incorporate and use S corporation status. The audit rates on S corporations, even if they are one-owner entities, are dramatically lower than the rates on sole proprietorships (S Corp audit rate was only 0.4% in 2008).

11. High Auto MileageOne of the most commonly audited items for self employeds and employees of companies who use their car in business is the deduction for business transportation. You need to keep good records of all tax deductible automobile expenses and a mileage log showing business miles driven. Try to keep the mileage log on a daily basis including the date, beginning and ending odometer readings, the location, the business purpose, and the client. At a minimum, record the automobile's odometer reading at the beginning and end of the tax year and have a calendar that you could use to reconstruct your deduction.

The IRS reviews your return to determine its accuracy. As a taxpayer, you have the burden of proof that your return is accurate. However an audit can be a time-consuming and frustrating process. Here are some steps you can take to avoid an audit:

Document All Income and Deductions-You can verify income, profits and earnings with supporting documentation. Large tax deductions are audit red flags, so make sure all are well-documented. If you think that there is anything on your tax return that may cause the IRS to take second look, attach a copy of the invoice or paid bill in question. Check the Numbers-You are ultimately responsible for what is on your returnso be sure to check that you or the preparer have entered the numbers correctly. I've seen $1,700 entered as $17,000 for farrier expense. The tax preparer reviewing the return didn't know what a farrier was and so the expense didn't look out of line to him. It definitely caught the attention of the IRS and an audit followed.

Use Your Common Sense- File your taxes on time and answer all of the questions asked. The cleaner the return, the less likely you are to attract the attention of the IRS.

Best Practices-Keep good records of your business activities: locations, times and dates, expenses, a description of what took place, along with accompanying receipts and cancelled checks. If you are audited, you have most of the work already done.

Report all your income-You are required to report all business income unless a special tax rule on tax-free treatment applies. So:
· Report "invisible" income- If you barter for goods and services, you are taxed on the value of what you received in the trade.
· Report cash-Tips and other cash payments are something that the IRS is focusing on. Based on your lifestyle and expenses, they can determine if you have been receiving additional income in the form of cash. This is particularly true in industries where payment in cash is common.

Keep the paperwork-Your records are the key to proving your right to deductions and credits. You may not be able to prevent a random audit but you will be able to survive it if paperwork is on your side. Types of records:
Receipts, invoices, and canceled checks for expenses paid.
Expense account worksheets, diaries and log books for travel and entertainment costs, including car usage.

Financial experts expect to see an increase in audits and assessments in the coming years because tax audits provide a revenue stream that the IRS currently is missing out on. The IRS estimates that it fails to collect about $345 billion in taxes each year. So it's even more important now that you keep clean, accurate records and understand what factors can cause your return to be audited.
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Equine Accounting: Tax Return Review

When there are SO many more interesting subjects, WHY AM I WRITING ABOUT TAX RETURNS IN THE SUMMER? Some time ago, I had written an article on reviewing your tax return - intending to include it in a newsletter in March or April of next year. But based on several tax returns that I have reviewed recently upon taking on new clients, I've decided to publish the article ASAP. Lately, I've seen some returns that are just plain wrong. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the taxpayer to review their tax return. Some of the consequences of errors on a return can be overpayment of tax or interest and penalty upon audit.
So please, dig out your 2009 tax return and run an eye over it after having read this month's newsletter. Anything really out of line will jump right off the page at you. It's worth the effort.

Your tax return -most of us have to submit one each year. You either do it yourself or you pay someone to do it for you. For some people, it may be the only form of financial statements that are prepared for their business each year. You want to be sure that it's been prepared correctly BEFORE you get a notice from the IRS that they "are proposing changes to your tax return". Ultimately, YOU are responsible for what is on that return. So take some time and look it over before giving the OK for it to be sent off to the IRS. I know this sounds painful but read this article (average reading time 4 minutes), print this page and set it aside until your tax return is ready. Better be safe than sorry.

Here is a brief guide to what should be entered where.

There are basically four sections where financial information is entered into your Form 1040 U.S. Individual Income Tax Return. The 1040 Form itself is just one page, front and back. All the other schedules and forms provide information which is entered (directly or indirectly) onto the 1040. On the front of the 1040, after the spaces for your name, etc., filing status and exemptions is the Income section of the form. You have 17 lines to enter every type of income you received for the tax year: wages, interest, dividends, business income, Social Security benefits, capital gains and the catch-all "Other Income".
If your business is a sole proprietorship, Schedule F (Farm Income) will be completed, or in some cases Schedule C. The "bottom line" from those schedules will be entered either on Line 18 for Schedule F or Line 12 for Schedule C. If your business is a partnership or S corporation, Schedule E will be completed and that result will be entered on Line 17.
You may feel a little unsure about reviewing other parts of your tax return but no one knows your business better than you. If the schedule doesn't look right to you, it probably isn't. No matter how fancy the tax software program, returns are ultimately prepared by people and people make mistakes.
Reviewing the return also might give you information about some aspect of your business of which you weren't really aware. (Did we really spend $10,000 on farrier bills this year?)
The bottom half of the front page addresses Adjustments to Income. There are only a few lines that are generally of interest to owners of horse-related businesses. Lines 27 through 29 are related to self-employment tax, retirement plans and health insurance and Line 35 would be of interest to breeders.
The top two sections of Page 2 cover Taxes and Credits. On Line 40a, either the Standard deduction or an itemized deduction is entered. The itemized deduction is calculated on Schedule A and consists of personal expenses such as medical, real estate tax, charitable contributions, interest, casualty and theft losses and other miscellaneous deductions. Once the itemized deduction is calculated, subject to certain limits, it is compared to the standard deduction and generally the larger of the two is entered onto the 1040 Form. Your exemptions are also deducted (generally $3650 for 2009/person for you, your spouse and each of your dependents).
Your preliminary tax is then calculated but you may be eligible for certain tax credits - which are deducted from your tax, rather than deductions, which are deducted from your taxable income. Two credits which may affect many owners of horse businesses are the Credit for Child Care Expenses on Line 48 and the Child Tax Credit (for dependent children under the age of 17) on Line 51.
You may also be subject to other taxes such as Self Employment Tax (Line 56). Finally, all of your taxes are totaled on Line 60.
Finally, the lower section of Page 2 calculates the Payments that you have made toward your tax liability in the form of estimated taxes, taxes withheld from your paycheck and/or checks from customers. Several other credits are thrown in for good measure and a final calculation is made of what you owe (final tax liability) or what is owed to you (refund).

The good news is this only happens once a year.
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Equine Accounting: These are the days of our lives...

In this era of Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, people document a lot of information about their lives - where they are, what they think and who they know. Documentation for business purposes is far less common but some might argue (particularly the IRS) far more necessary. What types of documentation does your business need and for what purpose?
Written Documents:
1. Contracts: boarding, training, leasing, sales, etc. To avoid any confusion or disagreement after the fact, you should document all of the terms of the arrangement in a contract. If it is a contract that you will use on a regular basis, such as a boarding contract at a boarding barn, you should have an attorney that specializes in equine law review the contract periodically.
2. Receipts: for all business expenses. When you get the receipt, take the time to write notes on the back regarding what the business purpose of the expense was - e.g. lunch with Sparky's owner, Chris, to discuss her show schedule this year. By tax season of the following year, you may not remember anything about the business purpose for the receipt so make a note when it happens. If you cannot document the business purpose of the expense, it may be disallowed by the IRS.
3. Daily Journal: Find some way to keep a daily journal of relevant business activity and ideas. All the information doesn't have to be included in one source document but there are a lot of pieces of information you need to include.
Let's use one day at a boarding and lesson barn as an example. Your day sheets should include the time of the lesson, the name of each student and the horse they are assigned, the name of the instructor, any management notes (use a different bridle, payment owed from last week, etc.), instructor notes after the lesson and payment information (paid with check # 123 for $45). There should be instructor notes for each rider every week. In one legal case, the lack of instructor notes was used by the plaintiff's attorney to attempt to prove negligence by the instructor.
Your day sheets will also be used for internal control purposes to track that each student has paid for their lesson and that all checks have been deposited to the bank.
You should also track daily farm activities and note any unusual occurrences. Document your order from the feed and grain store, the farrier's visit (who was shod, what customers owe you for holding their horse, etc). Make extensive notes about any activity that could possibly have legal/medical repercussions such as a bale of hay falling from the loft onto an employee, a horse demonstrating symptoms that could be the beginning of colic, etc.
4. Travel log: For any auto travel related to business, the IRS requires that you keep contemporaneous records which should preferably include the date, the business purpose (who and why) and the beginning and ending readings on the odometer. Remember that trips to the Post Office to mail marketing materials, the office supply store to buy file folders and other business related auto travel are all deductible.

Photo/Video Documents:
1. Marketing documents: Take photos/video of happy students, training horses going well, whatever your marketing focus - visually document your successes and use it in your marketing materials. If you are a clinician and want to expand your target market, create a DVD of one of your clinics, with snippets from various riders and send it to the appropriate potential clients.
2. Client relations: Use your happy student photos as Christmas presents for students or parents of students.
3. Insurance documents: Photograph the tree that fell on the fence BEFORE you begin to remove it. Take a photo of your boarder's horse after he is released from being cast in his stall to document his injuries (or lack of them).
4. Sales videos: enlarge the geographic market for your sales horse by posting the videos on You Tube and various equine sales websites.

When in doubt, write it down or take a picture of it! Your business will probably benefit from the information

QuickBooks POS in a Hosted Environment

QuickBooks Point of Sale in a Hosted Environment

Retail operators and multi-location store owners often face difficulties in attempting to bring cohesion to their accounting, financial, and operational data.  In so many situations, the retail location –  where inventory is sold and money is exchanged – is far-removed from the administrative location where the financial systems and business reporting exist.  It seems that the best case scenario is to create a means for the remote (retail) locations to operate with real-time access to centralized customer, inventory, and financial data from a primary source. Application hosting services can provide this centralization,  and a platform for standardization, of systems.  Further, the application hosting model can deliver security and managed service which ensures that the systems are available and performing as required. 

Even though hosted applications and centralization of the systems and processes in a POS environment may appear to be the right answer, there are caveats and considerations that speak to the realities of today’s technologies.  These caveats should be strongly considered prior to undertaking any reformation of systems and processes relating to the retail locations.

The first fundamental reality which must be addressed is connectivity.  While a retail or store location may enjoy Internet or network connectivity, there should be great consideration given to the wisdom of connecting these locations only and exclusively via remote access systems.  Retail is a dynamic business, and the sale is made when the customer is ready and willing to buy.  Any retail location must be able to process this sale in order to meet the immediacy of customer demand.  If the systems in use are exclusively accessed remotely, then the connectivity to those systems become of paramount importance in the ability to do business.  At the very minimum, any remotely-served retail location should have redundant connectivity options, with local personnel being familiar with the connection failover process.

A second strong consideration for a hosted or remotely-deployed POS or retail system is local device support.  Devices, such as card readers, scanners, cash drawers, receipt printers, etc. typically require local PC/computer drivers in order to function.  When served by a remote system, this connection between the host and the local devices may not function.  Limited device support for POS hardware can significantly impact the location’s accuracy and efficiency.

Another area of consideration for POS and retail systems centralization is integration or synchronization of POS data with core accounting and financial data.  Depending on the software solution in use, this integration may require that the POS software/data and the financial software/data reside on the same computer and/or within the same network.  This may be one area where a hosted implementation may offer a great deal of benefits, but the benefits to be derived are often a function of the design and behavior of the applications integrating.

QuickBooks Point-of-Sale, for example, was designed for use on a single-user PC environment.  The application is not well-suited to a hosted deployment for multiple users, as the software only allows one instance of itself to run on each computer. While there is a “multi-store” option for this solution, the option requires all stores be connected via a LAN/WAN connection to the same network. RDS (remote data sharing) functionality might possibly be used to allow communication between locally-run POS locations and the “master location” at a hosting service provider, but this method of communication has previously been found to be somewhat problematic and platform-specific (see notes following relating to multi-user/store configuration and Vista OS).  Further, the potential poor performance of RDS connections often negatively impacts the value of the integration.  

In many cases, the suitable answer is to keep the POS systems running on the local computers and network, and run the financial applications and the POS integration at the host.  With an installation of the QuickBooks financial application and the point-of-sale solution with the hosting service provider, the core financial data is able to be secured and protected in the virtual environment without risking lost productivity (and lost sales!) due to connectivity failures at the retail locations.  The end-of-day process at each location is to then move a copy of the POS data file to the host system, where it would be integrated with the QB financial data.  In environments where is is desirable to have the POS systems reading customer and/or inventory data directly from the QuickBooks financial data files, the recommendation is to keep an available copy of the financial data file in the POS network, on the local computers.  This copy of the data file provides the point-of-sale systems with necessary customer and product information, and would be copied/updated during the same end-of-day process where POS data is moved up for integration on the host system. 

This process is very similar to the way in which a localized system might be utilized, where the POS application runs at the front counter and the accounting application and data run from a back-office system.  In this scenario, many businesses elect to simply log off from the front counter system so that they can launch the POS application from the back-office computer, and then integrate the POS data with the QB financial data on that same computer.  Even in remote network configurations (WAN configuration), this is often a method which delivers better performance and stability than utilizing the remote data sharing service.

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Results CRM offers robust features, yet is simple to use for small business users

Results CRM Solutions offer more functionality and features than most CRM solutions oriented for small businesses.  In most cases, a robust solution like this would require lengthy configuration and training efforts in order to make the system useful.  With Results CRM, however, a business can be up and operational within minutes.

The solution was recently reviewed through Intuit's ProAdvisor program, and got a rating of 9.75 out of 10!

From the review:
Results is extremely full-featured. Products with this level of functionality often have a complex architecture making them hard to learn and use. With Results, navigation and search functionality are simple and allow you to easily and rapidly access the data you desire.
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Equine Accounting: What expenses are deductible related to buying and training a horse for sale?

It depends on many factors:

What was your intent when you purchased the horse? When you purchased the horse, was your intent to buy the horse, put some training into it and then resell it? OR - did you purchase the horse to use in your lesson program and it wasn't a good fit, bought him as your own horse and you outgrew him, etc?
To document your intent, write a business plan at the time you purchase the horse including how long you will keep the horse, any shows and/or clinics you plan to attend, when and where you will advertise the horse and any other plans that demonstrate the business purpose of this purchase.
If you purchased the horse to train and sell, regular expenses such as feed, farrier, vet, etc would be deductible. BUT the amount that is deductible MAY be limited to the amount of your related income for that year. (See below)
Have you engaged in this type of business venture previously? Is this horse one of a number of horses that you
have purchased and sold? If you have a regular history of engaging in this type of business, then your related expenses would be deductible in the year that you incurred them.
Is this business venture part of a related equine business (lessons, boarding, training barn...) which is a significant source of income for you? If you currently operate a related business, then buying and selling horses could be seen as a natural extension of your current business and all regular expenses should be deductible in the period in which they were incurred. Please note that the related business should represent a significant source of income for you. If you board one horse in your barn in addition to your three but you work as a CPA full time, the IRS will probably not recognize your buying/selling activity as a regular business and the amount and timing of your deductible expenses may be limited.

Do you have income related to this activity in the current tax year? If the IRS considers this buying/selling activity to be a hobby activity, then you may only deduct expenses to the extent of your income from this activity. So if you have no sales in the current year and this is deemed to be a hobby activity, no expenses are deductible.

Basically, it all boils down to whether or not the IRS would view this activity as a business or a hobby. If it is deemed a business, regular related expenses are deductible. If it is deemed a hobby, then only expenses less than or equal to your income from this activity in the same tax year would be deductible.

For example: Suzy bought Flame in Jan 2010. She trained him and sold him in Dec 2010. She paid $6,000 for him and sold him for $10,000. Her expenses related to keeping Flame for bedding, food, farrier, vet and occasional lessons were $5,000 in 2010.
If Suzy is a regular buyer/seller of horses or has a related equine business that the IRS would deem to be a business activity, here is the calculation for this transaction:

Horse sales price: $10000
Less horse purchase price: -$ 6000
Gross profit $ 4000
Less related expenses -$ 5000
Loss ($ 1000)
This loss can be applied against other income such as salary of spouse, investment income, etc.

If the IRS would deem this to be a hobby activity, Suzy can only deduct related expenses up to the amount of the gross profit ($4000) in this example. And if Suzy bought the horse in 2010 and sold it in 2011 (as a hobby activity) and had no other related income in 2010, she could not deduct any expenses incurred for this activity in 2010.

So what sometimes starts as a money-making opportunity can end as a tax nightmare. Be sure you understand all of the details of how this may impact your tax situation. It may still be a great idea to buy a horse, put some training in and then resell. You'll have some extra income and NO Tax surprises on April 15.

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The Changing Landscape of Information Access

Helping Businesses Make Wise Choices

Every business using technology should recognize that the rules regarding information security are changing.

Conceptually, cloud computing creates new challenges for information security professionals, because sensitive information may no longer reside on dedicated hardware. Where physical security was once a primary element of data access, virtualized services and remote accessibility have redirected the discussion to more ethereal areas.

How can enterprises protect their most sensitive data in the rapidly-evolving world of shared computing resources? Vulnerabilities have been found in the cloud and software-as-a-service models, raising the question of cloud computing's impact on security and the steps that will be required to protect data in cloud environments. Particularly when it comes to integration of services and data sharing amongst cloud solution providers, who, exactly, is in control?

While the concepts of centralized processing, shared computing resources, and subscription-based services are not at all new, many of the technologies being applied today are new. When we consider the fact that new vulnerabilities are still being discovered in older software and systems, why would we assume that new cloud computing tools and services would be immune?

Cloud computing and software-as-a-service technology models often shelter the user from the realities of the systems (hardware, software, networking, etc.) that comprise the service. Before investing your business in a fully cloud-based solution, make certain that you fully understand your risks and how they might be mitigated.

As Sun Tzu wrote in the Art of War,  " If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle."

Make Sense?


Equine Accounting: Getting your information for your tax return organized...

How to organize your tax return documentation for your tax return in a few easy steps:Day 1: Read this article. It's probably going to be the step that takes the greatest amount of time so it's all downhill from here.

You need to get your records organized. But you open the file/shoebox/drawer and there is just so much there, in no particular order. That looks like a whole day's worth of work and there are horses to be ridden, lessons to be taught and stalls to be cleaned. So you put away your good intentions for another day.
It doesn't have to be that way. Here's how to get organized without spending lots of precious time sitting at your desk. But first a brief review of what your records should include.
The IRS requires documentation for all expenses that you deduct. You must be able to back up deductions with documentation such as canceled checks or receipts. If you are selected by the IRS for an audit, you may not be audited for several years after you file your return. Memories fade so be sure to create a system of organization that you will remember and understand in years to come.
Generally, the law does not require any specific kind of records. You can choose any recordkeeping system suited to your business that clearly shows your income and expenses. For most small businesses, the business checkbook is the main source of recordkeeping. In addition, you must keep supporting documents. Purchases, sales, payroll, and other transactions you have in your business generate supporting documents. Supporting documents include sales slips, paid bills, invoices, receipts, deposit slips, and canceled checks.
Gross receipts are the income you receive from your business. You should keep supporting documents that show the amounts and sources of your gross receipts. Documents that show gross receipts include:
· Bank deposit slips.
· Receipt books.
· Invoices.
· Credit card charge slips and statements
· Forms 1099-MISC.
Expenses are the costs you incur to carry on your business. Your supporting documents should show the amount paid and that the amount was for a business expense. Documents for expenses include the following.
· Canceled checks.
· Credit card sales slips and statements
· Invoices.
· Petty cash slips for small cash payments.
Get started:
The trick of getting this done is to do little bits each day. Set a reasonable daily goal. If you can't accomplish the goal you set, the next day you need to finish that goal before moving on to the next one.
Day 2: Get together all of your bank statements, credit card statements, receipts and other supporting documentation (your proverbial shoebox), prior year tax return and check book .
Day 3 and for each succeeding day until done: Decide on categories of expenses for your business. If you look at the portion of your prior year tax return which reports the activity of your business, you will see the types of expenses that your tax preparer used - e.g. Utilities, Feed and Grain, Legal and Accounting, etc. Grab a manila envelope, label it with the name of one expense type and go through your pile of receipts for only that type of expense. Toss all of the Utilities bills into the Utilities envelope and pick a different category the next day. Save all of the receipts that are for miscellaneous expenses for the last day and create a Misc envelope for those. HOWEVER, if you have more than a few documents for the same category and the total for that expense is significant for your business, you should probably create an envelope just for that type of expense. If you have a category with only a few documents, do an additional category that day.
The day after all the expenses are sorted and each succeeding day until done: Take out of the manila envelope the documentation for one type of expense. Put the receipts in order by date, earliest date first. Make a list on a piece of paper for each document listing the date, the vendor (who you paid), the amount and the business purposes for the payment (e.g. hay and grain, saddle fitting, etc). When you are done with that expense, put the paper into the envelope and the next day, start with the next expense. Again, if you have a category with only a few documents, do an additional category that day.
The day after all of your expense envelopes have lists and each succeeding day until done: Pick an envelope and review your credit card statements, bank statements and check book for expenses that may be included there but for which you don't have supporting documents in your envelope. On a piece of scrap paper, put the date, vendor name, amount of the expense, toss the paper into the envelope and add the expense to your list.
Follow the same procedures for gross income. Income categories might include lesson income, board, training, sales commissions, etc.
Now you are ready to hand everything over to your tax return preparer. Going through this process has many benefits. It:

· Has saved you the cost of having your tax preparer sort through everything.
· Reduced the possibility of the preparer misclassifying an expense ("What's a gogue???")
· May show you that there are some documents missing.
· Provides a good review for you of your business finances.

Equine Accounting: NewSecurity of Information Law in MA

Does your business accept checks or credit cards?
If your business accepts checks or credit cards from Massachusetts residents, this article is definitely for you. Even if you live in a state where there are currently no requirements for this type of security, something similar may be coming to your state soon. So see what plan Massachusetts is putting into place. No matter where your business is located, safeguarding your customers' personal information just makes good business sense.
Effective March 1, 2010, every organization who collects, owns or licenses personal information about a resident of Massachusetts should be in full compliance with 201 CMR 17. This new personal data protection law establishes a standard set of regulations for businesses to protect and store Massachusetts residents' personal information. Personal information is defined under the new regulation as a resident's first name and last name, or first initial and last name, and one or more of the following:

· Social Security number· Driver's license number or state-issued ID card number· Financial account number (bank account number) or credit or debit card number (with or without any type of security or access code or password).

So this law applies to ANY BUSINESS, regardless of size, who accepts checks or credit cards.

The law requires companies to develop and implement several security safeguards, including:

· A comprehensive written information security plan (WISP) creating effective administrative, technical and physical safeguards of personal information.· Protection against any anticipated threats or hazards to the security or integrity of personal information (such as restricted physical access, computer passwords).· Policies regulating employees' ability to access and transport records outside work.· Disciplinary measures for violations of these new safeguards. MGL Chapter 93A, section 4 specifically "authorizes the Attorney General to seek injunctive relief against the organization involved in the unauthorized act or practice and allows a court to impose a $5,000 civil penalty for each violation". If "violation "is interpreted to mean the unauthorized access to a single individual's personal information, potential damages could be enormous.
It's not as daunting a task as it sounds. Most of the procedures are fairly simple to implement. Here are links to the law and WISP guidelines.If you would like more information or assistance, you can contact a private company who specialize in helping you implement an acceptable plan.

Thank you to David Javaheri at http://r20.rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=zlc7kgdab.0.0.tnz777cab.0&ts=S0464&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.compliancehelp.net%2F&id=preview for his help with this article.

Equine Accounting: Seven tips for getting paid by your clients on a more timely basis...

You've got a barn full of boarders and lots of lessons scheduled. Everyone's happy with your services. But you are having trouble collecting from those clients. What can you do to make collection easier and faster?

1. Bill your clients on a timely basis. Your invoices for board should reach your clients at least one week before their payment is due. Take the time to create an actual invoice - even if the amount due stays the same from month to month. If you don't have the time to bill your clients, hire someone to do it for you. You know that the reason that you don't have time to do the billing is because you are too busy cleaning stalls, turning out and doing all the other things it takes to make your clients and their horses happy. But the message they get when you don't bill on time is that the money isn't that important to you. So why should it be to them? 2. Have new boarders sign a contract that specifies when board is due and have current boarders initial the contract yearly. It may not have a lot of legal clout but it reminds your clients that you are first and foremost a business and operate as such. If you use this procedure with everyone, you aren't likely to get objections to doing so.
3. Ask for a security deposit from new boarders. This is standard procedure when you rent an apartment so why should it be any different when someone rents a stall from you? Having the security deposit gives you a little cushion should someone get behind. But never offer the client the option to apply the security deposit to an arrears balance unless it is their last month of boarding with you. If you increase your board, then the client must increase the amount of the security deposit. Your state may have regulations relating to maintaining security deposits so check with them before setting up any policy.
4. Have clients prepay your boarding or lesson fees. Offer them the option to "buy in bulk". This is especially effective for lessons. Offer a package of ten lessons with a discount for prepayment. Boarding barns can offer a discount when payment is made in advance on a quarterly basis.
5. Offer clients the opportunity to pay by credit card. PayPal and Intuit offer affordable credit card services that you can access from a smartphone or computer. There are fees involved but accepting credit cards can save you the time you spend chasing clients for payment. But I would not suggest maintaining credit card information on file. Massachusetts is in the process of implementing a new privacy of information law that includes security of credit card information and your state may have a similar law in place. Instead, explain to clients that they will need to provide their credit card for each charge. Some barns currently will only accept credit cards as a form of payment. This eliminates the need to make bank deposits and the problem of a check returned for insufficient funds.
6. For invoices for board, consider e-mailing the invoices rather than handing them out or leaving them in tack trunks. Clients are more likely to forget the invoice at the barn, in the car, etc than an invoice delivered directly to their computer. Checkbooks are usually kept close to the computer so it's easy to write out the check right then and there. For lessons, you should not have to be sending invoices, unless it is for a prepayment package. If the client does not prepay, then payment should be made at the time of the lesson. 7. Some barns charge extra fees for time spent holding the horse for the farrier, administering meds, etc. You may get distracted during the day and forget to make a note that the client needs to be billed for those extras. So consider either increasing the monthly board to cover all of the extras or offering an annual charge (to be paid at the beginning of each year) to cover all of the extras. The fee wouldn't be mandatory for all clients but by discounting it, you can make it attractive enough that many of your boarders will sign on.
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Implementing Intuit Statement Writer on a Secure Network

The Intuit Statement Writer is a custom reporting and financial statement tool for use with QuickBooks Premier Accountant and Microsoft Excel. The solution has a few peculiarities that must be addressed in order to make it function properly (or at all!) in a networked or hosted environment.

The issues center primarily around the fact that the application was designed for use on a standalone PC, and doesn’t take into consideration the potential for redirected or restricted data folders. Further, the method of integration with Microsoft Excel requires specific support from the Excel application, so care must be taken in selecting the version of Excel (or Microsoft Office) to be used.

In computing environments where the QuickBooks and Office applications are installed directly on each PC, and where data is stored locally on the PC, most of these issues become irrelevant. When the applications are utilized within a strictly controlled domain, however, a variety of issues may arise. If the applications are to be utilized in a terminal server environment, then many issues will certainly come into play.

The Intuit Statement Writer solution requires QuickBooks Premier Accountant v2010, and Microsoft Office 2003 or greater. The version of Office or Excel used must be at least version 2003, and it must be either the full standalone version of Excel, or Excel as part of MS Office Standard, Professional, or Enterprise. Excel as part of MS Office Small Business, Basic, or Student/Teacher editions is not compatible. All editions of Excel 2007 are compatible.

By default, the Intuit Statement Writer (ISW) stores its files on the local PC where the application is installed. The application utilizes the local “My Documents” folder as the location for ISW files. In an environment where the My Documents folder is redirected to a network folder or share, the program fails to install or run properly. The specific error messages encountered may vary, but are essentially indicating the same issue: you are attempting to use an unsupported file folder location.

Intuit Statement Writer (ISW) requires full trusts and permissions to the My Documents folder, which is automatically granted when the folder is local to the PC. When My Documents folder is pointed to a shared network drive, the trusts and permissions are no longer granted and the error message will appear. According to Intuit, “Intuit Statement Writer files and appearance files (.gsm and .gss) can be stored on a server or network drive, but it is not possible to open and work with the files while they are located on the server without modifying security policies on the machine. Because we don't recommend this, the files must be local when working with them." It is necessary to copy the ISW file you wish to work with to your local drive, and, when finished working with the file, copy it back to the server.

In addition to having difficulties using server or network drives, ISW also will not function as a multi-user application, due to the architecture and reliance upon the MyDocuments folder. While ISW may be used without issue while QuickBooks is in multi-user mode, only one user at any time is able to work with the Intuit Statement Writer files.

Relating to the policy and permissions issue, there is a Microsoft Support article which describes a potential resolution (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/9w6bd8f1.aspx How to: Grant Permissions to Documents and Workbooks in Shared Locations (2003 System)) This article addresses this issue and provides information on modifying security policies around the Office Document Membership Condition on the computer(s) where ISW will run.

Two methods are provided: using Visual Studio command line tools, or using the Microsoft .NET Framework configuration tool.

In an effort to simplify making these changes on your systems, Intuit has provided a batch file which can be run on the system where ISW is installed, and where the My Documents folder is redirected for the user.

Obtain the batch file here: https://www.quickbase.com/db/bewwfafti?a=GenNewRecord

This batch file (actually 2 batch files) grant full trust to the ISW dll files, checks to see if and where the My Documents folder is redirected, and attempts to grant full trust to the specific network location of the My Documents folder through the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 assemblies. Care must be taken any time .NET security policies or configurations are adjusted, especially when working within a secure domain. The .NET Framework Configuration tool (Mscorcfg.msc) enables users and administrators to modify security policies for the machine policy level, the user policy level, and the enterprise policy level.

From Microsoft: "Prior to the .NET Framework, most Windows applications had free access to all of the local computer resources, including the registry, file system, event logs, environment variables or available printers. Due to the limitations of role-based security, administrators were conditioned to accept that nothing was off limits to a running application as long as the user (or the user context under which the application is running) was authorized to use the resource.With the proliferation of distributed component-centric systems, it's not uncommon for applications to download and execute components from Internet/intranet sites or network shares. The possible negative consequences of such applications are obvious. Malicious code, whether by design or not, could be loaded from an external entity and wreak havoc on a local computer or the network on which it resides. There is also the threat of security breaches that could jeopardize the privacy of sensitive data."

Because the Intuit Statement Writer utilizes features of Microsoft Excel, it relies heavily on the behavior of the Office applications and document permissions on the computer and network. These permissions are often controlled by establishing security profiles or policies via the .NET framework. If the location of a Microsoft Office 2003 document is not secure (for example, a SharePoint site or file share that users—possibly including malicious users—can write to), or if you are not sure who has permission to upload content, you can grant permissions only to documents and workbooks in the location, rather than to all content. You do this by using the Office Document Membership Condition, and modifying the security policy to check for this condition on the computers on which your solution will run.

When you use the Office Document Membership Condition, only Office documents are trusted; assemblies and executables are not granted permissions to be run from the share.This permission or trust is often assigned to a “code group”. Code groups can provide information on how the system determines the allowed permissions. The allowed permission set for the policy level is the permission set associated with the code group that has this attribute.

When all policy levels are considered, the runtime never grants the code more permissions than those associated with the Exclusive code group. Within a given policy level, code can be a member of no more than one code group that has the Exclusive attribute. This may be problematic for some administrators who wish to implement the Intuit “fix”, which creates a policy group and then establishes that group with the Exclusive attribute. Network administrators with pre-existing security policies may well find that the Intuit fix will not work as delivered, due to the fact that Exclusive policy groups may already exist to govern the permissions of Office or other documents.

Intuit KB Article: http://support.quickbooks.intuit.com/support/Pages/KnowledgeBaseArticle/1011230

1. After the zip file is downloaded, you will need to extract it to the desktop...

2. After the file as been unzipped, open up the ISWFix1 folder and double-click on the ISWFix1.bat file.

3. These steps will need to be performed for each computer or user account that needs access to ISW.

4. Terminal Services/Citrix: Ensure the ISWprefs.ini file is set to not delete itself when the user logs out.


Microsoft .NET Framework configuration tool

Turning to IT When Times are Tough

Turning to IT When Times are Tough
When budgets get tight and the economic outlook is bleak, business owners and executives tend to turn to information technology departments and projects as a potential area for cost cutting. The reason for this is that many businesses view IT purely as a cost center, making it a prime target when driving to reduce operating costs. A recent survey by McKinsey & Company, however, indicates that the current trend is a bit different.
The new research indicates that many non-IT executives "seemed to have a developed a healthier appreciation for their information technology functions" according to Joe McKendrick in a recent ZD Net article on the subject. McKendrick mentions that business executives generally seem pleased with the way the information technology is helping organizations get through these difficult economic times, "navigating the rough seas" as he puts it.

"The survey also suggests that organizations that took the most advantage of information technology going into the recent downturn may have come out the strongest" observes McKendrick.

The McKinsey & Co Study, authored by Roger Roberts and Johnson Sikes, reported that the recent economic downturn actually increased awareness of the role information technology can play in improving business processes and reducing costs. As for the quality of services delivered? The study revealed that non-IT executives largely believe their IT functions responded effectively to the economic crisis. A majority said current performance in providing basic IT services is very or extremely effective. In contrast, IT executives had a dimmer view of their performance, with only a minority being satisfied with service delivery levels.
There have always been questions about the alignment of information technology to the business need, and IT is often perceived as being out of touch with the business. In this new research, McKinsey & Co indicate that IT executives are very aware of the issues of keeping up with the business and are finding innovative ways of addressing them.