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How to transfer personal auto lease to business auto lease?

What is involved in transferring a personal auto lease to a business auto lease? We have a car for our business that was leased prior to establishing our LLC, therefore it is under our names, ...
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How should I account for Social Security contributions?

I'm currently tracking all my finances with GNUCash, and splitting the various paycheck deductions into expenses. It's pretty nice to be able to correctly predict what will be on my W2, and it's even ...
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How do I interpret these income tax numbers for Chinese public company Dangdang Inc. (DANG)?

I'd like some help with understanding the financial statements of E Commerce China Dangdang Inc (ADR). You can see the Income Statement/Balance Sheet/Cash Flow statements on Google Finance. If you ...
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What can a CPA do that an EA cannot, and vice versa?

A lot of the responsibilities of CPAs and Enrolled Agents appear to overlap, but could someone outline the key differences? When would I choose to hire one versus the other?
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Help in understanding a basic accounting principle

'An entry which increases an asset account is called a debit.' So if my bank account is my asset account, when I debit money, money actually goes out so it is a 'decrease'. But the above statement ...
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How to consider stock splits with respect to ETFs? Any different than for regular shares?

"Splits are used to increase the availability of shares on the market." I am unsure about this statement because you can increase the availability of shares through third-party funds like with ...
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How is Net Present Value (NPV) superior to Equivalent Annual Cost (EAC)?

Although EAC presents advantages by taking into account the lifetime of the project, my professor recommends using NPV instead of EAC. Can anyone explain why NPV is considered superior to EAC?
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Marriage merger of finances and continuity of records

I just got married last week. Yay! I've been using Microsoft Money for 15 years. I have one gigantic file that has all of my transactions since early 1996 in it. I can use it to generate all kinds ...
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Accounting treatment for store credit

I just got store credit when I returned some bad juice. This left me wondering. Which accounts receive the entries when a store issues store credit? For example, when I made the payment for the juice,...
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GnuCash bookkeeping for account contributions to accounts having annual contribution limits?

I'm using GnuCash, and trying to figure out how to structure a couple of accounts to track contributions to accounts like Roth IRAs and HSAs that have an annual contribution limit that I need to track....
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How to represent “money down on new contract” in general journal (general ledger)

How would the following scenario be represented as a general journal entry? Jan 1, 2011: Customer signs contract for $1000 and pays $500 as a down payment and agrees to pay the remaining $500 at a ...
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How to represent “out of pocket” purchases in general ledger journal entry?

If you use personal money to pay for expenses (advertising, equipmemt), how do you represent this in a journal entry? Normally, if the money was coming from the business, you would just decrease the ...
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How does one apportion returns to multiple investors when their times and amounts of investment were different?

No accounting experience here. The problem: Man A invests $10 on day 1. Man B invests $5 on day 4. Man C invests $85 on day 5. On day 7, the $100 returns 10%. How do you fairly distribute it?
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What could be the harm in sharing my American Express statements online?

I would like to store my American Express statements in Google Docs so that my virtual assistant can log the line items into my accounting spreadsheets. It is also handy so that they are in one place ...
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How to account for a shared mortgage in QuickBooks Online?

I co-own a house with two unrelated friends. We have a single mortgage that we're each responsible for our fraction of. We've been keeping track of our payments in a spreadsheet but for a variety of ...
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Quickbook Balance Sheet showing strange numbers (to me at least)

I have been using quickbooks for some time (less than a year) and today when I was looking at my balance sheet I noticed something that seems really strange to me. My Total Assets number is $300,000. ...
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Where do expense ratios show up on my statement?

This answer describes the lowered expense ratios of Vanguard admiral shares compared to Vanguard investor-class shares. How do I tell from my statements that I am saving money through the lowered ...
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How do I track investment performance in Quicken across rollovers?

I use Quicken to track investments. I'd like to track performance. Here is a situation that feels wrong: I buy stock S for $10/share. I hold for 5 years. I sell S at $20/share and buy S2 for $20/...
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How do I add my income to my personal finance balance?

I've never understood accounting really, apart from the basic concepts. Supposing I want to keep a better track of my money, I'm using Excel at this moment. I guess I need to move to some double entry ...
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Nit picky personal accounting question: What is the right way to record borrowing from yourself?

I keep a spreadsheet with my personal financial statements (balance sheet, income statement, cash flow) that generally follows the corporate approach. I omit considerations of depreciation, etc. There'...
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Can dues and subscriptions expenses be deducted 100% to calculate taxable income in an LLC company?

I'm using Quickbooks Online, "Dues & Subscriptions" is one of the expense accounts we have. I would like to know if this expense can be deducted 100% for calculating my taxable income. Our company ...
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What does “write-off” mean?

I've heard this term throughout my life but I've never been entirely sure exactly what it means or why you would want to write something off.