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Ask A CPA - Business Start-ups

What Should I Know About Accounting And Bookkeeping ?

The importance of keeping adequate, legible, complete records cannot be stressed enough. Without records you cannot see how well your business is going and where it is going. All business transactions should be documented with checks or credit cards. Undocumented cash transactions should be avoided if possible. At a minimum, records are needed to substantiate your tax returns under federal and state laws, including income tax and social security and sales tax laws. It also is necessary to substantiate your request for credit from venders or loans from lending institutions. It also is necessary to substantiate your representations and claims about the business should yo wish to sell the business. Speak to your local CPA to set you up on a good bookkeeping system.

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