Be Year-End Ready
Here we are in the 4th quarter. This is the time of year that Plumb works closely with their business clients and high-net-worth families, preparing and organizing financial records for year-end planning.
Effective year-end planning starts with organizing financial records to present accurate information and reliable data to our business client’s trusted advisors, such as CPAs and commercial bankers. This gives everyone a financial baseline to pave the way for the remainder of the year and kick off 2018 planning.
As part of Plumb’s 7-Step Process, the end of the year means “pulling it all together” and producing accurate accounting information with a year-end wrap up. A tax package example from Plumb includes:
- Year-to-date Financials (Balance Sheet, Income Statement, General Ledger)
- Any significant adjustments that plan to be made before the end of the year
- Year-do-date fixed asset depreciation schedule, and the details of any purchases and dispositions made during the year
- Year-to-date Work in Progress Schedules
- Federal and state tax payment detail
- Charitable contribution detail
- Bank and credit card reconciliations
Get Started Now: Preparing for Year-End
When year-end and tax time rolls around, will your financial records be ready to present to a CPA or the IRS? Being prepared for year-end starts with setting up the right accounting systems and internal controls to process transactions appropriately in the first place. Transactions must be correctly classified, current, consistent and compliant. Organizing financial records starts with establishing accounting internal controls and procedures. For top considerations for creating accounting internal controls, click here.
The Plumb Process:
With the start of every new engagement at Plumb an initial system map is designed, complete with tasks associated with daily, weekly, semi-monthly, monthly, quarterly, semi-annual and annual transactions. Once finalized with the client, Plumb’s proprietary system map is then uploaded into task management software with a calendar reflecting financial and administrative due dates. These time-sensitive activities lead up to the year-end wrap up and final task of producing the annual tax package for the client’s CPA and trusted advisors.
Plumb Outsourced Accounting Tasks: Transactional Checklist with Due Dates
Organizing Financial Records
The task management system at Plumb is set up so that accountants are notified via alerts from their dashboard when items are due for specific clients. With this organized and timely system, it allows for tracking income and expenses while also keeping up-to-date with bank and credit card reconciliations and monthly journal entries.
Other notable tasks that help with creating accurate year-end financials:
- Making sure income and expense categories are correctly classified.
- Prepaid insurance and expenses must be amortized over the life of the term.
- Reconciling unearned revenues.
- Follow-up with collections.
- Review fixed asset purchases.
“Working with Plumb gives me financial peace of mind knowing that I’m audit and tax ready every month of the year”. “My CPA has confidence in my year-end financials and takes less time processing my tax returns, which saves me money,” -Plumb Outsourced Accounting Client
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