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Back office support can make or break your construction company and that’s where we come in. We can do you the most good by bringing order to your chaotic contractors bookkeeping mess! Most of our clients come to us because they believed they needed someone to straighten up their contractors bookkeeping services system, help them get current or quarterly payroll tax filings, sales tax returns and a variety of other tax issues. That is only the tip of the iceberg! 

The real value in working with us is not just getting you out of trouble now but keeping you out of trouble in the future so that you can focus your time and energy where it will do you the most good…acquiring profitable and pleasant customers and clients and satisfying their needs. 

 

Warm Regards,

Randal DeHart | Premier Contractors Accountant

 

This is one more example of how Fast Easy Accounting is helping construction company owners just like you put more money in the bank to operate and grow your construction company. Construction accounting is not rocket science; it is a lot harder than that and a lot more valuable to construction contractors like you so stop missing out and call Sharie 206-361-3950 or email sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

 

Thinking About Outsourcing Your Contractors Bookkeeping Services?

Click On The Link Below:

www.FastEasyAccounting.com/hs

Need Help Now?

Call Sharie 206-361-3950

sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

Jun 30, 2017

This Podcast Is Episode Number 0223 And It Will Be About  Contractors Are In The Business Of Being In Business

 

As A Contractor You Are Either Getting Paid, Paying Someone Or Both

Contracting Is All About The Money And Taxes

Which is better for you, Employees or 1099 Contractors? In the world of the State and Federal Agencies. Someone who works for you is either an Employee (on W-2) or a Subcontractor. You need to be issued 1099 at the end of the year, and you need be able to prove they are legitimate Subcontractors!

What we sometimes forget is the personal side of our life and do not realize we have employees. Nanny tax is for any household employees that you have for yourself, the obvious is the Nanny who provides childcare. It also includes a Housekeeper (unless using a licensed maid service).

Reminder from Tax Accountants is the Elder Care market. If you have an individual who is caring for an elderly parent (they are subject to Nanny tax unless you are using a licensed service.)

Do you have support people? Are they making your life easier or are they a risk to you and your Contracting Company?


Support People:

  • Are your support people working for you just to make a little money on the side?
  • Who is the Person who cleans the office?
  • Who is the Person who keeps up the landscaping?
  • Who is the Person who works as an Admin Assistant and runs errands?

Next step is what may seem like a nosy question. Does this person have multiple clients? If anyone is working for Just You; then the State Agency is going to say they are your employee.Once the State Agency determines you have employees – Payroll taxes are due.

Just a friendly reminder – State Agencies talk to the IRS. 
States across the country are explaining to Construction Contractor that the person they hired as a 1099 Contractor is actually an employee. 

If neither of you wants to have them be an employee – then they must have a business license, business cards, website, using an outside bookkeeping service and anything else that shows they are in business. 

Each state is different regarding Contractors Bond, License, and Liability Insurance. Some states want Contractors to start out with a Handyman license (which restricts work based on dollar amount of the invoice) and then moves up to a full contractor’s license.

In Washington State – Contractors are either a Home Builder, General Contractor or a Specialty Contractor (Trade Contractor which is limited to individual trades). Some occupations do not require a contractor’s license. Another difference is whether a Contractor must take a test to be licensed. Since Washington State is a sales tax driven state (no income tax), Who is required to collect sales tax?

Plumbing, Electrical require individual licenses which depending on the state maybe receptacle with other states. 

Temporary Labor. If you only need someone for a few days, it might be better to use a Temp Agency. 
The rule is that Casual Labor is $600 or less per YEAR. Sometimes contractors think it is $600 per quarter. 
If someone is paid more than $600.00, they need to be a W-2 employee on payroll or a subcontractor. 

More states are adding more and more company paid benefits to employees. The name of the benefit, definitions and each state’s requirements vary. Smaller companies may be exempt from providing some benefits. It is necessary to “Understand” which Paid Off benefits are mandatory; the exact benefit name.

Paid Time Off may include one or more of these: 

  • Family Leave
  • Personal Time Off
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation Time

Electronic Time Cards Are Important No Matter What Size

Your Construction Contracting Company

  • Electronic time cards mean the office can stop chasing employees for timecards.
  • Owners time should also be on an electronic timecard; especially when tracking jobs with T&M billings.
  • Nothing is more frustrating than having an employee guess where they were last week.
  • What job were they on?
  • What time did they start?
  • What time did they leave?
  • Did they incur Overtime?
  • Do they have multiple pay rates for work, travel?
  • Do you pay travel time?

Detailed reports can help with Job Costing, billing. GPS feature can help properly route calls to save time and fuel. (Verify employee is where they are supposed to be)

 

Most employees have a Smart Phone and a data plan which allows texting. 
With an electronic timecard, employees can log in, clock in, change jobs, tasks, clock out easily, quickly and efficiently. Get It Done Now! Receipts can be uploaded immediately and turned into the office later. 

Better yet – No one has to read scribbled handwriting and misspelled words will be reduced as spell check, or auto correct software is an easily available and affordable app everywhere. 
With paper timecards “Buddy System” for clocking in and clocking out may be a problem. 
In restaurants going on break and forgetting to return can be an additional issue. 

Even the most productive employee needs processes and procedures to feel secure. 
Great Employees want to do a good job, want to be paid what they are worth. It is unfair to the “Great Employee” when a “Bad Employee” is abusing the system. Remember to do written coaching reports. 

In the most simple terms, a Paper timecard is all about trust that the employee is where they are supposed to be when they are supposed to be and the office can receive the timecard in a timely fashion, be able to read the timecard, process the timecard and pay the employee. Easy Right? 

Summer time is here and hiring part time help is easy. Remember if your part time help is Under 18-Year-Olds you need to register with your state. The Under 18-Year-Olds have special Child Labor Laws. Hours Worked Pay Rate
Types Of Worked that can be performed. 
For every employee even for the Under 18-Year-Olds need to be on payroll with taxes being withheld. 

Contractors are so busy doing the work that regular paperwork is a challenge. Keeping track of all of the HR (Human Resources) functions is just another burden. Recommend using a 3rd Party Payroll Service. Why? It’s Clean and Tidy. (One stop shopping for a whole group of HR and Tax Services) 

Many of 3rd Party Payroll Services have a built-in HR component. By adding HR component, you may be able to add additional services such as Medical, Dental, 401K. Depending on the level of service the 3rd Party Payroll Service has electronic timecards, job costing, prevailing wage reports.

The automatic items:

  • Create and mail out W-2’s
  • File W-2 with Social Security Department
  • Create and File 941 Quarterly Reports,
  • Create and File State Unemployment Forms,
  • Create and File State Income Remittance
  • Track and Pay Child Support
  • Track and Pay Other Garnishments
  • Pay State Unemployment
  • Pay State Income Tax
  • Workers Comp filing is depending on the individual state

More states are requiring PTO (Personal Time off) Sick Pay Vacation Pay Family Leave Time
Do you know what the individual rules are? 
Do you know what minimum wage is? 

Seattle has a higher minimum wage that the State of Washington.
Seattle requires PTO for employees traveling into Seattle on a limited basis (example delivery drivers) 
Across the country, other individual cities can be just as challenging. 

The Labor Laws when you were a new employee on that first job is not what the rules are now. 

Do you want to guess what the Payroll and Payroll Tax Rules are? 
The 3rd Party Payroll Services – know the employment and tax rules for your state. 
Why? State and Federal Agencies must talk to the 3rd Party Payroll Services. You or me as individuals it is much easier to be given the runaround. If you need help – they are there to help you. 

Depending on your situation Fast Easy Accounting provides payroll services using Intuit’s Online Payroll 
If you have more than a couple of employees; recommend working with 3rd Party Payroll Companies who knows “What To Do” when you “Explain Your Situation.”

Our Favorite Payroll Processors:

  • Gusto 
  • Paychex
  • ADP

Everyone is embracing Cloud Services. We are looking to improve our services and processes every day.
Adding internal software to help us be more efficient and are looking for a cloud-based software to help you be more efficient and same time every day. What do 10 minutes cost you? 

We Support QuickBooks Desktop Version In The Cloud. Sometimes people get confused about our services of using QuickBooks Desktop in the cloud and QuickBooks Online. The two versions are not the same software.

FAQ about QuickBooks Desktop Hosting (Cloud Computing)

Isn’t there a remote access feature already built into QuickBooks?

Yes, In QuickBooks Premier Only - It has remote access feature as part of the software; however, only one user at a time may take control over one remote computer. A user must be physically present at each computer to set up a session. This is O.K. for training demos or financial presentations when speed is not important due to the lag time between pressing a key on the keyboard and waiting for the result to appear on the remote computer. Finally, it is very expensive in labor cost to use it for remote bookkeeping.

QuickBooks Online does not have all the full features of QuickBooks desktop, but can't we install some web plug-ins? 

Some Missing QuickBooks Desktop Features - Are available through plug-ins if you have the time, skill and desire to maintain and update them; however many of them are not available.

What is the difference between your hosting service and using QuickBooks on my desktop or notebook?

None, No Difference - Because QuickBooks is hosted on a secure server, you will be using the same version of QuickBooks no matter where you log in. And in some cases, since you may see an increase in performance in your local computer since all the "heavy lifting" of QuickBooks is being done on a powerful server. Learn More...

 

Yes! You can absolutely use your Mac Computer! There is a simple download, and we have technical support available to assist you with getting it setup if you need help

What about printing and emailing from QuickBooks?

You can print and email from QuickBooks just like you are doing now. The remote server will detect whatever printer you are using on your computer now, local or network printer, and it will print to it. You can change printers inside QuickBooks remote just like you are doing now and the remote server will print there. Everything is Fast and Easy!

With your QuickBooks hosting provider, can I still get a physical copy of my files?

Yes! You can download your company file anytime to create a backup copy on your local computer. QuickBooks Online does not offer this service.

How does QuickBooks Hosting simplify my desktop computer and notebook computer maintenance? 

With QuickBooks Hosting - You do not need to install or run QuickBooks on your desktop or notebook. QuickBooks, Word, Excel 2010 are all running in a web-browser, and the hosting company manages all software maintenance and upgrades, automatically.

What about backing up my QuickBooks file?

The Hosting Company - Backs up the servers every night and that includes all your QuickBooks files and any Word, Excel, PDF documents you are storing in your account

Which Hosting Company does Fast Easy Accounting use?

We Use Whichever Company Best Fits Our Client's Needs:

QuickBooks Hosting Company Must Haves:

  • QuickBooks backup daily

  • Fast, reliable network equipment

  • Provides English speaking tech support

  • Provides results not reasons or excuses

  • Provides superior service and tech support

  • Technical support issues are addressed promptly

  • On approved list of Authorized Commercial Host providers

Paperless Hosting Company Must Haves:

  • Paperless documents backup

  • Fast, reliable network equipment

  • Provides English speaking tech support

  • Provides results not reasons or excuses

  • Provides superior service and tech support

  • Technical support issues are addressed promptly

We use QuickBooks Desktop in the cloud which makes the QuickBooks file accessible to our clients (optional) from anywhere using both MAC and PC products. (It’s like going to the bank and logging in)

This system removes the need to move the QuickBooks file back and forth between the Contractor and the Accounting Office. All transactions are in the “Live” QuickBooks Data File where everyone has access to the information. 

We move QuickBooks Online data file to QuickBooks Desktop. Once QuickBooks Online Data File (QBO) is moved into a current copy of QuickBooks Desktop, we can evaluate, update and cleanup the data file.

We Do “A Little or A Lot” depending on your needs. 
Let us help you. By following the system and providing documents to us, you are helping us help you:

  • Setup QuickBooks Desktop File
  • CleanUp existing transactions,
  • Enter in missing transactions
  • Provide ongoing bookkeeping services
  • Leave QuickBooks file on server
  • Return QuickBooks file
  • Train, Consult, Mentor as needed.

In a rush? Want to do your own QuickBooks File Setup (US Version) Chart of Accounts or add Item Lists to your existing QuickBooks Desktop File (US Version) – Visit FastEasyAccountingStore.com.

PS: For The Do-It-Yourself Construction Bookkeeper Our Store Has Chock-Full Of QuickBooks Setup Templates, QuickBooks Chart of Accounts And More.

 

Most Contractors Setup QuickBooks Desktop Version In One Of Three Ways:

#1 EZ Step Interview inside QuickBooks Setup
#2 Asked Their Tax Accountant To Setup QuickBooks
#3 They Attended A How To Setup QuickBooks Class Or Seminar

And QuickBooks Does Not Work The Way They Want It Too!

The Answer:

#1 Click Here To Buy An Entire QuickBooks Setup For Your Specific Contracting Company

#2 Click Here To Buy Just The Chart Of Accounts For Your Specific Contracting Company

 

Products that are “IIF file” work with other QuickBooks Desktop Versions. All products are ready to use. 
QuickBooks Files, Chart of Accounts and Item Lists are Instant Downloads after your order is received. 
Support available if needed to install on your computer or merge into your existing QuickBooks File. 

Every day being a Contractor is stressful trying to get everything done that needs to be done.

Here Is Wishing You And Yours A Happy And Safe July 4th Celebration!

Sharie

About The Author:

 

Sharie DeHart, QPA is the co-founder of Business Consulting And Accounting in Lynnwood Washington. She is the leading expert in managing outsourced construction bookkeeping and accounting services companies and cash management accounting for small construction companies across the USA. She encourages Contractors and Construction Company Owners to stay current on their tax obligations and offers insights on how to manage the remaining cash flow to operate and grow their construction company sales and profits so they can put more money in the bank. http://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/sharie-dehart/ 206-361-3950 or sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com


When You Become A Client - Then we can tap into our resources of knowledge and strategy banks. We use the reports hidden in your QuickBooks in order to diagnose and understand your construction business and develop plans and help you implement a path to success for you and you alone because every contractor has unique Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (S.W.O.T. Analysis) that when understood can lead to a Strategic Roadmap which cannot help but make a lot of money.

We Remove Contractor's Unique Paperwork Frustrations

 

About The Author:

Sharie DeHart, QPA is the co-founder of Business Consulting And Accounting in Lynnwood Washington. She is the leading expert in managing outsourced construction bookkeeping and accounting services companies and cash management accounting for small construction companies across the USA. She encourages Contractors and Construction Company Owners to stay current on their tax obligations and offers insights on how to manage the remaining cash flow to operate and grow their construction company sales and profits so they can put more money in the bank. http://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/sharie-dehart/ 206-361-3950 or sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

PS: For The Do-It-Yourself Construction Bookkeeper Our Store Has Chock-Full Of QuickBooks Setup Templates, QuickBooks Chart of Accounts And More.Most Contractors Setup QuickBooks Desktop Version In One Of Three Ways:

#1 EZ Step Interview inside QuickBooks Setup
#2 Asked Their Tax Accountant To Setup QuickBooks
#3 They Attended A How To Setup QuickBooks Class Or Seminar

And QuickBooks Does Not Work The Way They Want It Too!

The Answer:

#1 Click Here To Buy An Entire QuickBooks Setup For Your Specific Contracting Company

#2 Click Here To Buy Just The Chart Of Accounts For Your Specific Contracting Company

I trust this podcast helps you understand that outsourcing your contractor's bookkeeping services to us is about more than just “doing the bookkeeping”; it is about taking a holistic approach to your entire construction company and helping support you as a contractor and as a person.

We Remove Contractor's Unique Paperwork Frustrations

We understand the good, bad and the ugly about owning and operating construction companies because we have had several of them and we sincerely care about you and your construction company!

That is all I have for now, and if you have listened to this far please do me the honor of commenting and rating podcast www.FastEasyAccounting.com/podcast Tell me what you liked, did not like, tell it as you see it because your feedback is crucial and I thank you in advance.

You Deserve To Be Wealthy Because You Bring Value To Other People's Lives!

I trust this will be of value to you and your feedback is always welcome at www.FastEasyAccounting.com/podcast

One more example of how Fast Easy Accounting is helping construction company owners across the USA including Alaska and Hawaii put more money in the bank to operate and grow your construction company. Construction accounting is not rocket science; it is a lot harder than that, and a lot more valuable to construction contractors like you so stop missing out and call Sharie 206-361-3950 or email sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

Contractor Bookkeeping Done For You!

Construction Accounting Specialists At Fast Easy Accounting 206-361-3950

Thinking About Outsourcing Your Contractors Bookkeeping Services?

Click On The Link Below:

www.FastEasyAccounting.com/hs

 

This guide will help you learn what to look for in outsourced construction accounting.

Need Help Now?

Call Sharie 206-361-3950

sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

Thank you very much, and I hope you understand we do care about you and all contractors regardless of whether or not you ever hire our services.
Bye for now until our next episode here on the Contractors Success MAP Podcast.


Enjoy your day.  
 
Sharie

About The Author:

Sharie DeHart, Fast Easy Accounting Client Support Specialisthttps://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/free-one-hour-consultation-bookkeeping

Sharie DeHart, QPA is the co-founder of Business Consulting And Accounting in Lynnwood Washington. She is the leading expert in managing outsourced construction bookkeeping and accounting services companies and cash management accounting for small construction companies across the USA. She encourages Contractors and Construction Company Owners to stay current on their tax obligations and offers insights on how to manage the remaining cash flow to operate and grow their construction company sales and profits so they can put more money in the bank. http://www.fasteasyaccounting.com/sharie-dehart/ 206-361-3950 or sharie@fasteasyaccounting.com

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For Contractors Who Prefer

To Do Your Bookkeeping

Fast Easy Accounting Do-It-Yourself
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QuickBooks Setup Templates, Chart of Accounts and Item Lists for Construction Contractors

Most Contractors Setup QuickBooks Desktop Version In One Of Three Ways:

#1 EZ Step Interview inside QuickBooks Setup
#2 Asked Their Tax Accountant To Setup QuickBooks
#3 They Attended A How To Setup QuickBooks Class Or Seminar

And QuickBooks Does Not Work The Way They Want It Too!

 

The Answer:

#1 Click Here To Buy An Entire QuickBooks Setup For Your Specific Contracting Company

#2 Click Here To Buy Just The Chart Of Accounts For Your Specific Contracting Company

 

QuickBooks Set Up For Contractors And QuickBooks Chart Of Accounts For Contractors

Short List Construction Contractors We Serve 

Brand New Construction Company    Handyman Company

Cabinet Installer    HVAC Contractor

Carpentry Contractor    Insulation Contractor    

Carpet And Tile Contractor    Interior Designer      

Commercial Tenant Improvement Contractor   Land Development Company

Concrete Contractor    Landscape Contractor    

Construction Company   Masonry Contractor

Construction Manager   Mold Remediation Company      

Contracting Company    Moss Removal Company      

Contractor   Painting Contractor      

Custom Deck Builder    Plumbing Contractor      

Custom Home Builder    Pressure Washing Company      

Demolition Contractor    Remodel Construction Company      

Drywall Contractor    Renovation Contractor      

Electrical Contractor    Restoration Contractor      

Emerging Contractor    Roofing Contractor      

Excavation Contractor    Spec Home Builder      

Finish Millwork Contractor    Specialty Contractor      

Flipper House Contractor    Subcontractor

Flooring Contractor    Trade Contractor      

Framing Contractor    Underground Contractor      

General Contractor    Utility Contractor      

Glass Installation Contractor    Construction Employees    

Gutter Installation Company    Construction Support Specialist

 

Additional QuickBooks Templates, Resources, And Services

QuickBooks Set Up Templates   Solopreneur

QuickBooks Chart Of Accounts     Free Stuff

QuickBooks Item Lists Templates     Consulting

 

We Serve Over 100 Types Of Contractors So If Your Type Of Company Is Not Listed

Please Do Not Be Concerned Because If You Are A Contractor

There Is A Good Chance We Can Help You!

Call Now: 206-361-3950

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