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Bookkeeping Workbook for Dummies


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Introduction 1 Part I: Exploring Bookkeeping Basics 5 Chapter 1: Deciphering the Basics 7 Chapter 2: Designing Your Bookkeeping System 19 Chapter 3: Sorting Out Your Business Road Map 33 Part II: Putting it All on Paper 47 Chapter 4: Looking at the Big Picture 49 Chapter 5: Journaling ? The Devil?s in the Details 63 Chapter 6: Designing Controls for Your Books, Your Records, and Your Money 79 Part III: Tracking Day-to-Day Business Operations with Your Books 91 Chapter 7: Purchasing Goods and Tracking Your Purchases 93 Chapter 8: Calculating and Monitoring Sales 103 Chapter 9: Paying Your Employees 127 Chapter 10: Paying Employer Taxes and Completing Related Government Reports 141 Part IV: Getting Ready for Year?s (Or Month?s) End 149 Chapter 11: Depreciating Your Assets 151 Chapter 12: Paying and Collecting Interest 161 Chapter 13: Proving Out Your Books 173 Chapter 14: Checking and Correcting Your Books 185 Part V: Putting on Your Best Financial Face 201 Chapter 15: Showing Everything?s in Balance 203 Chapter 16: Proving Your Profits 221 Chapter 17: Doing Your Business Taxes 233 Chapter 18: Getting Ready for a New Bookkeeping Year 241 Part VI: The Part of Tens 249 Chapter 19: Top Ten Checklist for Managing Your Cash 251 Chapter 20: Top Ten Accounts You Should Monitor 255 Chapter 21: Top Ten Problems You Should Practice 259 Index 261

About the Author

Lita Epstein, who earned her MBA from Emory University?s Goizueta Business School, enjoys helping people develop good financial, investing and tax-planning skills. While getting her MBA, Lita worked as a teaching assistant for the financial accounting department and ran the accounting lab. After completing her MBA, she managed finances for a small nonprofit organization and for the facilities management section of a large medical clinic. She designs and teaches online courses on topics such as investing for retirement, getting ready for tax time and finance and investing for women. She?s written over 20 books including Reading Financial Reports For Dummies and Trading For Dummies. Lita was the content director for a financial services Web site,, and managed the Web site, Investing for Women. As a Congressional press secretary, Lita gained firsthand knowledge about how to work within and around the Federal bureaucracy, which gives her great insight into how government programs work. In the past, Lita has been a daily newspaper reporter, magazine editor, and fundraiser for the international activities of former President Jimmy Carter through The Carter Center.

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