Nov 18, 2016
Picking A Get Me By Contractor’s Bookkeeping Solution in many cases is using an Excel Spreadsheet and a shoebox, file folders all dumped into a file box and looking at the Online Banking once in a while. This accounting method is the “I still got money so I must be okay.”
When You Are Using Today’s Job Deposit To Pay
For the material, labor and subcontractors from the last
job. It is also known as “Rob Peter To Pay Paul” Cash flow is never
a problem until the sales stop; then it doesn’t matter if it is the
economy (you customers get laid off), domino effect (their customer
didn’t pay them) or you are unable to work due to being hurt on the
job or get sick (flu or a more serious illness).
Problems Arise When You Want To Do Any One Of The Following:
During The Insurance Audit
The insurance company may want copies of quarterly and monthly
tax reports. The Low Premium is based on “low sales” and “low
payroll”; at audit time it is the adjustment in the “Actual”
Premium. If all the numbers are equal or less, there is not usually
a credit. To verify income Insurance Company is going to want to
see copies of State Revenue Reports and any payroll reports.
State Agencies May Want To Do An Audit On Your Business
Some states suggest you get a “Voluntary Review.” Depending on
the auditor this may go smoothly. In other cases, it can turn into
a full-blown audit. The audit can have a date range of several
years, not just the current or previous year. In addition to
Tax Returns, you, the contractor can be asked to provide the
Check Register, Customer Invoices, Employee Timecards and Paystubs,
plus the State Revenue and State and Federal Payroll reports. In
other words; they want everything to cross check what you told one
agency over another. State agencies are looking at your customer
and vendor list to add to their list of companies to go after
Banks Want Detailed And Summary Financial Statements
Bank wants current and year to date financial
statements, and previous year’s tax Federal Tax Returns. The
loan officer will in most cases ask for the application and
financials be provided even when they know that the bank is not
lending to anyone for whatever you are asking for. (Example:
Working Capital). See Unique Construction Company Financing Secrets
The Application Process Can Be Many Pages Long
And they can feel very intrusive.
Before you invest time and energy - Verify The Bank Is Lending To
Contractors. Then ask is the Bank Lending For Working Capital,
Vehicles, Equipment or Whatever you need the loan for. What is the
debt to income ratio’s and more? Don’t Be Afraid To Ask: What is
the bank looking for to be able to say YES!
Tax Accountant Uses your “Get Me By Documents.”
When your Construction Company is small, you may find a tax accountant willing to take your “Get Me By Documents” and do a work around to file your taxes. Don’t expect them to do that Year, After Year, After Year when suddenly you have grown to make over $100,000 in sales and above. They have the reasonable expectation that you are getting it together and if you don’t then the burden of finding all of your deductions is not on others. Every missed receipt may be a business deduction that is missed and causing you the Contractor to pay more taxes than necessary.
Get You By Contractor’s Bookkeeping Can Be Easily Solved
We have clients who are Brand New Companies that are Weekend Warriors, Handyman, Trade Contractors and General Contractors. In this economy, many seasoned contractors had larger companies and are now starting over. The staff that used to be there and the specialty software to run their business is gone. QuickBooks Desktop is a good program to meet the needs of Contactors
We Recommend QuickBooks Desktop In The
Cloud as the program that works. It’s like getting a ¾
Ton Pickup with a full-size bed – You know it will work to put a
rack on, go to the lumber yard for 4’ x 8’ sheets of plywood,
tow a trailer to go to the dump and many other things. Many
contractors use what they have, to begin with, but then need to
upgrade. An Accounting System can be the same way. The “Get Me By”
method isn’t the solution once you move from the world of seeing if
being a contractor is what you to want to do and changing your
mindset to doing it a “real contractor” and having a real
State Governments Are Always Looking To Increase Taxes
We are located in Washington State. Currently, Washington State does not have a State Income Tax. What we do have is a Destination-based Sales Tax with special rules for Contractors to follow. It is a really big deal to determine What is Income, When is it income and Where is the customer located. A properly setup QuickBooks file with all of the State of Washington destination codes (city, county) makes that process much easier. Other states have their own rules about sales tax if it is required.
There Are Many Reasons To Have Good Accounting. For the contractor the most common questions are:
I Would Like To Say “It’s Always Worth It” To Be A
Contractor – But Sometimes It’s Not.
If you hate to meet people, talk on the phone, estimate jobs, do the work, maybe have employees.
Then it is possible that being in business for yourself is not one of your life goals and you did it because you had to not because you wanted to. If this is the case: Be a Career Changer and Do Something Else.
One Of The Things Is To Figure Out “What Do I Like To Do?” Determine it you are good at then see if you can Outsource the parts that are not working. For most Contactors, the Bookkeeping falls into the “Icky” part of owning a business. It seems never-ending and tedious; if this is you. We Can Help! With the weight of the “Icky” stuff off you may find that being a contractor is “Fun Again.”
I trust this podcast helps you understand that outsourcing your contractors bookkeeping services to us is about more than just “doing the bookkeeping”; it is about taking holistic approach to your entire construction company and helping support you as a contractor and as a person.
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!
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Bye for now until our next episode here on the Contractors Success MAP Podcast.
Randal DeHart | Contractors Accountant
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