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Sales tax rules and regulations in the State of New York can be quite complicated. Add to this the various regulations for each county and you begin to see the problem.

The task of sorting out sales tax issues is often extremely time-consuming for the business owner or his personnel.

Essentially, the State makes each of us an unpaid tax collector.

Well, almost... after all, the State does give you something called a vendor collection credit which is supposed to compensate you for your trouble.

Most business owners don't see this credit as a realistic compensation for the work required in calculating and collecting Sales Tax. It is quite small in comparison to your trouble.

Not only is Sales Tax work time-consuming and unrewarding but usually it leads to more cost, as some unresolved issues force you to turn to your accountant or CPA... and that, while it fixes the problem, will cost you a lot more than using the Bookkeepers Plus Sales Tax service.


Are you paying too much sales tax?

You may be paying too much sales taxThe government has made you an unpaid tax collector and obligated you to read the "Guide to Sales Tax in New York" (Publication 750) which most business owners don't find a fascinating read (to say the least).

But the point is that despite reading the above publication (and any others needed), rules on sales tax change and there are many confusing exceptions and adjudications.

It can easily occur that you pay too much Sales Tax.

Many industries have special rulings on Sales Tax.

For instance, in the construction and remodelling industry, sometimes a job by itself is taxable like for instance re-painting a house.

But when combined with a bigger job — say adding another level which necessitates repainting the whole house — it becomes a capital improvement, which is not taxable.

This can leave even experienced contractors confused trying to figure out what's taxable and what isn't.

Clothing retailers have to track purchases under $100 which are exempt from state taxes but not certain counties, such as Nassau and Suffolk counties.


Paying a premium for preparing your Sales Taxes... unnecessarily?

...or paying too much for preparing Sales TaxExactly when these taxes are due is a source of confusion as well.

Depending on your sales volume, your taxes may be due monthly, quarterly, or yearly.

Needless to say Sales Tax is one of the biggest headaches with which a business owner has to deal.

And since calculating and filing Sales Tax correctly (and to do it all on schedule) are such time-consuming and unrewarding tasks, many business owners use their accountant or CPA to help with Sales Tax.

In terms of ensuring accuracy and timeliness of Sales Tax calculation and filing, this is the better alternative to trying to do it yourself.

However, thinking it in terms of COST, it means jumping from one extreme to another.

Factually, it does NOT take a CPA or accountant to calculate and file your sales taxes.

They can do it and they will do it... but you're paying twice as much for it.

The hourly rates of a CPA or accountant are some 50% higher than that of a professional bookkeeper.

To put it bluntly, calculating sales taxes is a big waste of your CPA's knowledge... and equally needless addition to your expenses.

Sales taxes can be calculated by software and verified by a bookkeeper.

A professional bookkeeper with experience on Sales Tax will have the expertise required to ensure your taxes are paid correctly and on time.

And that's exactly what you receive with the Bookkeepers Plus Sales Tax Service.

Sales Tax problems — New businesses most vulnerable

New businesses most vulnerable to sales tax problemsMany new business owners have become trapped by the complexities of Sales Tax.

How do you know when (and how) to register to be a Sales Tax vendor?

How do you know if you have to collect sales taxes at all?

And did you know that YOU are also responsible for what you BUY in terms of determining whether that purchase (or the selling agency) was tax exempt or not?

People will present you with exempt certificates but it's your responsibility to determine if they're valid or not.

It is your job to collect, calculate and prepare the Sales Tax Return... and bear the responsibility of the consequences, whether or not you're trained to do the job!

Determining what is taxable can be quite confusing. This is especially true for any business owner who has not sought the advice of an accounting professional except for Income Taxes.

Many Income Tax preparers, do not deal with any other taxes and are not prepared to answer questions about Sales Taxes.

And if you've been operating more than three months and haven't yet had the time to find out how the Sales Tax rules apply to your business activity, please contact Bookkeepers Plus to receive a free introductory phone consultation so we can help you get it in order.

It is best to get it right from the beginning.

Sales Tax calculating and filing are NOT complicated as such but it does require some expert advice as it can be easy to get in trouble with Sales Taxes due to the confusion on what's taxable and what's not.


How to avoid problems with Sales Tax

Avoiding sales tax problemsThe State takes their Sales Taxes very seriously.

Thus, one can get into trouble just by NOT knowing how to calculate, file and pay sales taxes on time.

In the worst-case scenario, the State of New York can come into your place of business, seize everything and lock the doors to satisfy your obligation.

Ignorance is not a defence against Sales Tax violations.

Yet not knowing about the rules and deadlines, you can face fines, penalties and even perhaps criminal action if you don't take Sales Tax seriously.

Yet it is actually EASIER to avoid all potential trouble by outsourcing your Sales Tax work to a competent bookkeeper.

The best defence against any problems is keeping good records, setting aside money to pay the taxes, and monitoring your cash flow and key figures to avoid unpleasant surprises.

We pride ourselves on advising businesses in Long Island — including Mastic Beach, Suffolk, Nassau, Queens, Brooklyn, and NYC — how to handle their Sales Taxes effectively to get the best value for money.


Problems solved by outsourcing your Sales Tax work to Bookkeepers Plus Inc.
No more unnecessary costs: You pay us only about half of what you would to a CPA or accountant for the same level of professional expertise in filing your Sales Tax.
No more baffling mysteries about Sales Tax: You will know exactly how, what, when and why... and all explained in understandable language without accounting terminology.
No more fears or unpleasant surprises: Your Sales Taxes will be under control and you can concentrate on your core business activities.
No more unknown pitfalls: Advice always available so you can plan your business activities and financial decisions knowing Sales Tax implications in advance.
You're not alone any longer: A considerate accounting professional who CARES what happens to you and is on YOUR side working for your goals.
No more software problems: We also offer support for QuickBooks, Peachtree or other software to track Sales Tax so that you can TRUST the figures from thereon out.
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Contact Bookkeepers Plus Inc. to hear what we could do for you

Outsourcing Sales Tax: We actually CARE what happens to you and your business...With our service, your Sales Tax Returns will be calculated correctly and reports filed by the correct deadlines.

You will save some 50% of the cost if compared to having your CPA or accountant do your Sales Tax.

And if compared to doing them yourself, you'll save a lot of time and avoid unnecessary headaches, so you can concentrate on the more important aspects of your business activity.

As part of our service, you receive advice on Sales Tax any time you want.

This can be extremely useful when planning various jobs, campaigns or new services and/or products.

Such instant Sales Tax advice can save you money and help to steer clear of pitfalls.

But most important of all, the difference in using Bookkeepers Plus services comes from personal service and unassuming attitude toward our clients.

We help you understand accounting terminology where unavoidable and avoid those terms where possible.

In other words, we speak understandable American... and you're welcome to challenge this at any point.

We believe we are responsible for speaking understandably to our clients.

And we actually CARE what happens to you and your business... as amazing as that may sound coming from an accounting professional!

Please remember that outsourcing your Sales Tax calculations and filing will NOT require you to change your accountant or CPA.

Feel free to contact us by e-mail or call me personally 631-949-5864 if you have questions. You can also use our Outsourcing Quote Form to find out what benefits outsourcing your Sales Tax work would bring and what it would cost.

Thank you for your interest, and please remember we offer a free Outsourcing Report to business owners in Long Island and New York.


Best wishes,

Elizabeth Marasco, MBA
Bookkeepers Plus, Inc.
354 Neighborhood Rd
Mastic Beach
NY 11951
Phone: 631-949-5864
Fax: 631-207-8349

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