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Will Your Business Receive a PPP Payment?

During the COVID-19 health emergency, will your business receive a PPP payment?

The funds from the PPP (paycheck protection program) will hopefully be released soon. The best feature is that some or all of the loan can be forgiven.

However, please be aware, your banker will require strict documentation to have the loan forgiven.

What We Recommend

While each bank may have slightly different paperwork requirements, we recommend the following:

  1. Depending on the size of the loan you may consider opening a separate checking account for the funds. Any eligible expense is paid from this account only. This way you have a separate register of all payments.
  2. If you don’t want to change payroll bank accounts simply transfer the money from the PPP account to your regular account. Your payroll register will serve as the source document for the transaction.
  3. Understand what eligible expenses are. These include payroll (subject to $100,000 limit per person), Illinois unemployment tax, payment of employee retirement benefits, group health care benefits including insurance premiums, rent, mortgage interest and utilities (which includes telephone and internet).
  4. You must be able to prove you paid the expense. Good record keeping and receipts are critical. If you can’t prove payment you don’t get the deduction. No exceptions.

If you need assistance with QuickBooks to implement the required record keeping please contact the staff at David Mills, CPA, LLC, for an appointment.

Why Choose A QuickBooks ProAdvisor?

As a small-business owner, it always helps to have expert advice at your fingertips. A QuickBooks ProAdvisor offers that expertise.

For small and medium-sized businesses, QuickBooks is one of the most popular accounting software programs available.

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David Mills, CPA, LLC has QuickBook ProAdvisors on staff.

Using QuickBooks, businesses can manage and pay bills, keep track of accounts payable and receivable, oversee financial reporting, organize payroll functions and track employee time.

Relying on a QuickBooks ProAdvisor ensures your business gets the most out of the accounting software.

What Does It Take To Be A ProAdvisor?

QuickBook ProAdvisors must complete comprehensive training and pass a certification exam to earn the ProAdvisor title.

The certification ensures all ProAdvisors are experts in the latest QuickBook tools and can help customize QuickBook software to fit your business needs.

David Mills, CPA, LLC Can Help Your Business

At David Mills, CPA, LLC, we have QuickBooks ProAdvisors on staff who are able to train and assist you with all your QuickBooks needs.

We provide one-on-one or small group QuickBooks training sessions, and our on-staff experts can meet in person. Our training is geared toward your business.

Our ProAdvisors will help design and set up the chart of accounts as well as set up payroll, receivables, payables, inventory and other features needed by your business.

To learn more about how a QuickBooks ProAdvisor from David Mills, CPA, LLC can benefit your business, contact us today. We have offices in both Morton and East Peoria.

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Who Can I Contact for QuickBooks Help?

Are you a QuickBooks user who just needs a little help? Does your business bookkeeper need a resource for her QuickBook questions? The QuickBooks-certified ProAdvisors at David Mills, CPA, LLC, are your central Illinois QuickBooks help experts.

No matter what your needs are – from beginner to advanced QuickBooks – we’re here to help.

We Offer Phone, In-Person and Remote-Access QuickBooks Support

At David Mills, CPA, LLC, we offer one-on-one in-person training. We can also answer your QuickBook questions over the phone.

If you require us to come to your business to provide on-site Quickbooks support, we’re more than willing to accommodate your needs.

We also can remotely login to your computer and talk you through an issue step-by-step.

Searching for answers to your QuickBook questions online can be time-consuming and frustrating. Finding the answer to your specific question or situation may be nearly impossible.

For QuickBooks Help, ProAdvisors Can Answer Your Questions

To become a QuickBooks ProAdvisor, our staff members had to study and pass an intensive exam. Earning the certification ensures they know the QuickBooks program and can answer any questions you may have.

We understand small-business bookkeepers often find themselves in a department of one. Having a resource they can reach out to for help is ideal. 

If you need QuickBooks assistance for your business, contact us to see how we can help. David Mills, CPA, LLC, has offices in both Morton and East Peoria

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QuickBooks Training Can Organize Your Accounts

Is your desk a mess? Piles of papers and bill stacked precariously, Post-it notes covering every available surface and scraps of papers with mysterious names, numbers, and figures? Perhaps you know you need QuickBooks, but where to start?

The professional staff at David Mills, CPA, LLC are QuickBooks-certified ProAdvisor experts. Their QuickBooks training is geared toward helping small-business owners and staff use and utilize QuickBooks.

The key to business success is organization. Not every business owner is an accounting expert, but the QuickBooks software is designed to keep everything organized and in one place.

David Mills’ Staff are QuickBooks ProAdvisors

QuickBooks offers desktop and cloud-based online versions, and the QuickBooks ProAdvisors at David Mills, CPA, LLC, know and understand both and can make sure you have the correct program for your business.

Using QuickBooks, businesses can manage and pay bills, accept business payments, track employee time, and organize payroll functions.

On-Site and One-on-One QuickBooks Training Available

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Make 2020 the year you get your business finances in order. Schedule your QuickBooks training with David Mills, CPA, LLC.

David Mills CPA provides one-on-one QuickBooks training or training with multiple members of your staff. We travel to your location and can help install the software. Our in-person QuickBooks training is geared toward you.

Our ProAdvisors will help design and set up the chart of accounts as well as set up payroll, receivables, payables, inventory and other features needed by your business.

We use your actual data, not generic information, so you can be sure the QuickBooks training your receive appropriately fits your business. 

David Mills’ QuickBook ProAdvisors can answer your specific questions and needs. 

Give your business a clear vision for 2020. Start the new year with QuickBooks set up and training from David Mills, CPA, LLC.

Contact us today for more information. David Mills, CPA, LLC, has offices in both Morton and East Peoria.

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Your Small Business Needs a Budget

five stacks of silver coins increasing in height from left to rightSmall businesses need budgets, but too often, they don’t have one. The staff at David Mills CPA, LLC can assist with your budgeting needs.

Creating a business budget can seem overwhelming. One survey found as many as two-thirds of all small businesses don’t have a budget.

Without a budget, though, your company’s financial health is at risk. Small businesses face challenges every day. A budget helps mitigate those difficulties.

The experts at David Mills CPA will show you how budgeting can grow your profits. Interpreting the numbers is key, but we understand making sense of those figures can feel overwhelming.

We can help you answer the critical questions:

  • Do you really know where your money is going?
  • What does it cost you to open the doors each day?
  • What are your most profitable services or products?
  • When you have vendor price increases how much more do you need to sell to remain at the same profit levels?

A smartly planned budget will include flexibility to help you navigate any troubled waters your business may face.

close up of black calculator keysA budget should be more than just a yearly chore. It’s a tool to help you tackle short-term obstacles while planning for the long-term future.

Experts can help answer budgeting questions

We will teach you the questions to ask when looking at your budget versus actual numbers. In this way, your budget becomes a valuable tool to manage cash flow and build your business.

Budgets help make your business more efficient. They can help keep your company out of debt while developing a roadmap for future growth or expansion.

Planning your business budget will make it more efficient to operate your company.

Let the staff at David Mills CPA assist you with all your business budgeting needs. Contact us today for more information.

Baffled by Business Finances? Get Help

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Are you confused by your business financials? Hiring outside professionals can help.

You’re the CEO of your business and an expert in your industry, but does that expertise expand to the financial side of your business? If phrases like “projected profitability” and “cash flow” make you cringe, it’s time to call the experts at David Mills, CPA, LLC.

Chances are you didn’t get into business because the idea of managing financial statements appealed to you, yet your company’s success is directly related to the quality of your financial statements and the CFO (chief financial officer)/Controller Services overseeing them.

Ignoring Finances Can Doom A Business

A head-in-the-sand approach to your business finances is a disaster waiting to happen. Just like ignoring your car’s check engine light can leave you stranded, not paying attention to finances can cripple your business.

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Outsourced controller services from David Mills, CPA, LLC can help you make sense of your business financials.

More than 28% of bankrupt businesses cite problems with the financial structure of their company as a primary reason for failure.

Businesses fail because they forget about the basics. Have you taken the time to create a budget? If you have, do you regularly analyze the results? Is your business making a profit, yet you never seem to have money in the bank? 

Hire an Outsourced Controller for Your Business

Hiring an outsourced controller/CFO is the smart way to keep your finger on the financial pulse of your business.

If financial statements make no sense to you, you won’t use them. You need controller services you can trust to interpret the statements for you.

Just because you may not have the budget for a full-time CFO doesn’t mean you don’t have alternatives.

With our Morton and East Peoria offices, our firm can provide CFO services on an “as-needed” basis to companies in the Tri-County area.

We can take full responsibility for the financial side of your business, work part-time, or train your staff. Our services are available on a monthly, quarterly or a specific-project basis.

You’ll gain greater control over your business when the numbers make sense.

Having the staff at David Mills, CPA, LLC  be your financial experts allows you to excel at the business you do best.

Contact us today about our CFO consulting and outsourced controller services.

Bookkeeping and its Importance to Businesses

Every business should be keeping track of their finances. And while nearly all large businesses or corporations have someone–or maybe even a team of people–bookkeeping for their business, small to medium size businesses tend to lack in this department. It is often due to the fact that the staff is too busy with the revenue generation activities like marketing or public relations. Bookkeeping keeps a record of purchases, sales, and receipts. Without it, financial transactions could be incorrectly recorded and future business planning could be compromised. This is why you should consider using our bookkeeping services. We offer both monthly and quarterly so you can focus on what’s important: your business.

Benefits of Outsourcing Bookkeeping:

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  1. No Need to Train your Staff: Our staff is always up-to-date and proficient in Bookkeeping and Payroll Laws, so you won’t have to waste time and money training your own staff.
  2. Timely Information: We make sure any important updates are given to you as quickly as possible so you can make sound financial decisions.
  3. No Costly Penalties: We electronically file your payroll forms and taxes so can avoid costly fees.
  4. Open Communication: There’s always a professional accountant here ready for your questions.
  5. Problem Identification: We will be able to identify problems before they become major issues.

Each month or quarter–depending on your chosen service–you will have access to all the files and information you might need for your business’ finances. It’s easily retrievable as well from a Quickbooks file so you can quickly and easily access any information you might need. Outsourcing your bookkeeping is a great way to approach finances for small to medium sized businesses, so make sure to give us a call. Our team of professionals is ready to help you and your business

QuickBooks: How Can David Mills CPA Help?

QuickBooks is a popular tool for businesses to use for payroll, receivables, payables, and inventory. It may be an “easy” tool, but that does not mean that learning that tool is easy. You want to get as much out of your service as possible, and that’s where we come in. We are a QuickBooks Pro Advisor, so we have the skills, knowledge, and experience to teach you how to successfully utilize QuickBooks for your business. We are available to install QuickBooks, train your team, and offer support when necessary.

Installing QuickBooks for your Business

We offer installation services for QuickBooks. It may sound silly for someone else to install your program, but trust us, there’s more to QuickBooks than meets the eye. For example, we can help you by:

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  • Ensuring we understand your company and goals.
  • Ensuring your computer hardware can effectively run QuickBooks.
  • Installing the software, design, and set up the chart of accounts.
  • Setting up payroll, receivables, payables, inventory, and other needed features.
  • Determining a start date and loading beginning balances.
  • Entering your outstanding checks and deposits as well as other items affecting your bank statement so you’ll be able to complete bank reconciliations through the software.
  • Preparing a trial balance to ensure correct numbers as of the starting date.

Once QuickBooks is installed, we are also there to walk your team through training. We use your business’ actual data, not generic data, so your team will be familiar with your business’ values. We come to your location for training, so there’s no need to travel. You also don’t need to worry about your team reaching information overload. We train in short sessions; about 2-3 hours. We’re happy to provide any answers we can to your questions and give any information we can on how QuickBooks best suits you and your business. Best of all, we provide support by phone, as well as on-site. For training questions, we can remotely log in to your computer to show you step-by-step the answer to your problem. Contact us today for QuickBooks installation, training, and support.

 

David Mills CPA: East Peoria Location Now Open!

Exciting news! David Mills CPA has officially opened our East Peoria location. We can provide your business with accounting and financial services. Our office is open Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

David Mills Services Offered David Mills East Peoria location

In order to best serve our customers, we offer a wide variety of services. We can assist your business with the financial aspects so you can focus on what is most important to you. A list of our services include:

  • QuickBooks
  • Bookkeeping
  • Family Office Services
  • Trust & Estate Taxation
  • Income Tax Planning
  • Daily Money Manager
  • Financial
  • Tax Preparation
  • Controller/CFO Services
  • Payroll
  • Business Structure
  • Cash Flow & Budgeting

Now Booking Appointments

Our East Peoria location is now booking appointments. For all of your financial needs, contact David Mills CPA today. We look forward to working with you and serving our customers in East Peoria.

 

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Quickbooks offers a variety of solutions for business owners. It provides features for accounts, payroll, receivables, payables, inventory, and much more. If you feel QuickBooks could be beneficial to your company, read more to learn how it can be beneficial to your business.

Benefits Of QuickBooks QuickBooks

QuickBooks provides many benefits for business owners. It allows for a better organization system to help keep all of your business’s information in one spot. It also allows for integration by connecting your bank account to import and categorize transactions. Finally, businesses are able to use templates such as invoices, spreadsheets, charts, and business plans that are customized to their business.

Integrate Your Point Of Sales System

The point of sales system (POS) your business uses is extremely important. Integrating your POS system with QuickBooks is extremely beneficial. QuickBooks Online is able to connect with several POS, making it a great way to increase efficiency. Integrating the two systems can save time. The information entered will be saved in both systems. It also will reduce human error because there are fewer steps to take with an automated process. Finally, integrating the two systems provides all the necessary information at your fingertips!

Create A Secure Environment

With all your financial information in one place, make sure to change the password in your account to a unique, strong password. Also, be sure to change the password every so often to continue with a secure environment.

What A QuickBooks Pro Adviser Can Do

At David Mills CPA, we have QuickBooks Pro Advisers that can help with all your QuickBooks needs. If you are looking for a professional adviser, look no further than David Mills CPA. Here is what our Pro Advisers can help you with:

  • Installation: An adviser can help you establish which version is best for you. They are able to install the software and enter the beginning balances.
  • Training: An adviser has the knowledge and experience to provide companies with tools and training to maximize their capabilities with QuickBooks. Our training focuses on each company’s specific needs. We can come to your location, to train your people, with your information.
  • Support: An adviser is able to answer questions for your individual business and how to best use QuickBooks for your industry.

David Mills CPA Is Here For You!

If your business wants the skills and knowledge from a QuickBooks Pro Adviser, contact the professionals at David Mills CPA today! We will be happy to answer any questions that you have or provide you with more information.