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  • Writer's pictureBrian R. Schobel, CPA

Year-End Bookkeeping Tips: Ready for the Fiscal Finish?

Hello Business Leaders,

As the year winds down, it's prime time to get your financials in tip-top shape. Proper year-end bookkeeping not only simplifies tax preparation but also sets the stage for the upcoming year. Dive in for essential tips to ensure a seamless transition!

Review Financial Statements: Assess your main financials - income statement, balance sheet, and cash flow statement. Identify any discrepancies or red flags.

  1. Reconcile Bank Accounts: Ensure bank statements match your records. Correct any discrepancies or missed entries.

  2. Verify Vendor & Client Records: Confirm all invoices and bills are logged. Ensure vendor data is current for year-end tax forms.

  3. Inventory Check: If applicable, do a year-end inventory count. Adjust for damaged or obsolete items for accurate valuation.

  4. Review Payroll & Benefits: Double-check employee data. Ensure tax withholdings, benefits, and deductions are accurate.

  5. Depreciate Assets: List new assets and account for depreciation.

  6. Assess Taxes: Estimate your tax dues. Explore potential deductions or credits before the year concludes.

  7. Forecast & Budget for Next Year: Use this year's insights to anticipate the next year's finances.

  8. Backup Data: Ensure all your financial data, be it on cloud or hard drives, is backed up and secure.

  9. Seek Expert Guidance: Touch base with your accountant or advisor for specific guidance tailored to your needs.

Wrapping up the fiscal year can feel daunting, but systematic bookkeeping can simplify the process. Prepare now and welcome the new year with financial clarity and confidence.

Need help? At BRS CPA, we specialize in year-end success. Connect with us to simplify your fiscal close.

Cheers to wrapping up with finesse,

The BRS CPA Team

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