The easy way to get a handle on bookkeeping Accurate and complete bookkeeping is crucial to any business owner, but it's also important to those who work with the business, such as investors, financial institutions, and employees. Bookkeeping For Dummies provides the easy and painless way to master this critical skill. You'll get clear and concise information on keeping track of transactions, figuring out balance sheets, keeping ledgers or journals, creating financial statements, and operating accounts for businesses, along with practices and examples to hone your skills. Plus, the bonus CD includes samples of bookkeeping forms, working papers, letters, resources, and spreadsheets. Keeping track of transactions Figuring out the balance sheet Keeping a ledger and journal Creating financial statements Operating accounts for businesses Recognizing assets and liabilities Up-to-date tax information Changes in small business regulations Additional and complementary examples Demonstration problems True/false and multiple-choice questions and scenarios Whether you're a professional or a student looking to expand your skills, Bookkeeping Kit For Dummies is a one-stop resource for anyone interested in this ever-growing occupation.
Introduction 1 Part I: Basic Bookkeeping: Why You Need It 7 Chapter 1: So You Want to Do the Books 9 Chapter 2: Getting Down to Bookkeeping Basics 17 Chapter 3: Outlining Your Financial Road Map with a Chart of Accounts 39 Part II: Keeping a Paper Trail 55 Chapter 4: The General Ledger: A One-Stop Summary of Your Business Transactions 57 Chapter 5: Keeping Journals 81 Chapter 6: Computer Options for Your Bookkeeping 111 Chapter 7: Controlling Your Books, Your Records, and Your Money 121 Part III: Tracking Day-to-Day Business Operations with Your Books 139 Chapter 8: Buying and Tracking Your Purchases 141 Chapter 9: Counting Your Sales 159 Chapter 10: Employee Payroll and Benefits 191 Chapter 11: Employer-Paid Taxes and Government Payroll Reporting 213 Part IV: Preparing the Books for Year's (Or Month's) End 227 Chapter 12: Depreciating Your Assets 229 Chapter 13: Paying and Collecting Interest 243 Chapter 14: Proving Out the Cash 261 Chapter 15: Closing the Journals 277 Chapter 16: Checking Your Accuracy by Trial and (Hopefully No) Error 289 Chapter 17: Adjusting the Books 301 Part V: Reporting Results and Starting Over 317 Chapter 18: Developing a Balance Sheet 319 Chapter 19: Producing an Income Statement 337 Chapter 20: Completing Year-End Payroll and Reports 355 Chapter 21: Satisfying the Tax Man 365 Chapter 22: Prepping the Books for a New Accounting Cycle 373 Part VI: The Part of Tens 379 Chapter 23: Ten Ways to Manage Your Business Cash with Your Books...............381 Chapter 24: The Ten (Plus One) Most Important Accounts for Any Bookkeeper 385 Part VII: Appendixes 389 Appendix A: Glossary 391 Appendix B: About the CD 395 Index 403
Lita Epstein, MBA, designs online courses about reading financial reports, investing, and taxes. She's the author of Reading Financial Reports For Dummies and also writes periodically for AOL's Daily Finance.
The easy way to get a handle on bookkeeping Accurate and complete bookkeeping is crucial to investors, financial institutions, and various employees in businesses, and Bookkeeping Kit For Dummies provides the easy and painless way to master this critical skill. You'll get clear and concise information along with plenty of practice opportunities and examples to hone your bookkeeping skills. Brush up on basics — get an overview of how bookkeeping works, understand terminology unique to bookkeeping, and set up your company's books Keep a paper trail — find out how to enter your financial transactions in the books, post transactions to your General Ledger, and track all the details in your journals Roll out the dough — track your day-to-day business operations, set up and manage employee payroll, and make sense of government paperwork that comes with new hires All good things come to an end — delve into the process for closing out an accounting period, whether at the end of a month or the end of a year Report your results — discover how to use all the information in your books to prepare reports that show how well your company did during the month, quarter, or year Bonus CD Includes: Bookkeeping forms, working papers, tax forms, resources, and spreadsheets Please see the CD appendix for details and complete system requirements. Open the book and find: Tips for developing a goodinternal control system for managing your books The importance of an accurate paper trail How to test the balance of your books Year-end government reports and IRS forms Ledgers, journals, and computer options How to protect your business against internal fraud Ways to stay on top of inventory, supplies, and bills Lots of practice exercises
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