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  • ZipBooks Announces Personalized Machine Learning for Better Bookkeeping

    Posted 3 weeks ago in News
    by Brad Hanks

    ZipBooks is pleased to announce the launch of personalized machine learning to make accounting simpler for ZipBooks subscribers. This enhanced experience will automate simple accounting tasks, beginning with categorizing transactions. Based on a limited trial rollout, a spokesperson for ZipBooks noted that auto-categorization saved business owners an average of 1.7 hours each month on bookkeeping, […]

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  • ZipBooks Scholarship Program Application Details for Winter 2018 Announced

    Posted 3 weeks ago in News
    by Brad Hanks

    The ZipBooks Scholarship Program (ZSP) is now accepting applications! The ZSP supports development of promising students enrolled in higher education, and seeks to supplement career exploration independently with a scholarship of $1000 per student. Who should apply? ZSP applicants should have a track record of academic success. The ZSP eligibility conditions are structured to encourage applicants who may be […]

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  • Introducing payroll and benefits management with Gusto

    Posted 4 weeks ago in Product updateZipBooks newsletter
    by Megan Jensen

    Hey ZipBookers! We’ve got some news that we hope will help make your business life a lot easier, especially if you pay contractors or employees. Producing an accurate and on-time payroll is part of keeping your employees happy. But we know it can be a little hectic. ZipBooks has partnered with Gusto to pull off […]

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  • Announcing auto-categorization with ZipBooks machine learning

    Posted 4 weeks ago in Product updateZipBooks newsletter
    by Megan Jensen

    Happy October ZipBookers! We’ve been working hard to create a smarter experience—something that will save you time and help the bookkeeping process go more smoothly. The more you work in the application, the more ZipBooks learns about your habits, the way you record transactions, and how you categorize each entry. We then combine your work […]

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  • Even More Variables for your Email Templates

    Posted 4 weeks ago in Product update
    by Karin Hernandez

    When we started getting requests to make our email templates smarter, we jumped at the chance. That’s why we’re adding over 40 more shortcuts to make your business emails more personalized. We hope that these additional email template variables help your business life run smoother than ever. Below is a list of variables you can […]

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  • Uber tax tips (also Lyft and other ridesharing drivers)

    Posted 2 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Karin Hernandez

    If you’re a driver for Uber, Lyft, or some other ridesharing service, you may not be aware that you’re considered an independent contractor, or in other words, self-employed. Lawsuits are pending in some states that contend that you should be treated like an employee but until that is all sorted out, for tax purposes, you’ll […]

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  • When to Use Tax Form 1099-C for Cancellation of Debt

    Posted 2 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Karin Hernandez

    Sometimes, despite your best efforts to manage your debt responsibly, the situation gets out of your control and you find yourself owing more than you can reasonably pay back. In that case, there are ways for you to negotiate with your creditors so that they accept less than the total of what you owe. Unfortunately, […]

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  • What Is IRS Form 1099-Q?

    Posted 2 months ago in Taxes
    by Karin Hernandez

    If you’re paying for education expenses out of a tax-free education account for yourself or a dependent, then you’ll receive a 1099-Q form from your plan administrator at the end of the year. The 1099-Q details the distributions that you received from your qualified tuition program. As long as the distributions are spent on “qualified […]

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  • What Is IRS Form 1099-SA: Distributions from an HSA, Archer MSA, or Medicare Advantage MSA?

    Posted 3 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Karin Hernandez

    While most health insurance plans offer the ability to pay for your premiums with pre-tax dollars, there are now some plans that offer additional tax-free or tax-deferred benefits. If you participate in a high-deductible plan that is paired with a Health Savings Account (HSA) or Medical Savings Account (MSA) for your out-of-pocket expenditures, then your […]

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  • 1099-K vs 1099-MISC—What’s the Difference?

    Posted 3 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Brad Hanks

    If you use contract employees (also known as independent contractors, freelancers, or self-employed workers), you know you have to issue them a 1099-MISC if you pay them over $600 in a year. But what’s this new thing called a 1099-K, and what does it have to do with your business? In other words, what’s the […]

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