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  • Tax Gap: Unpaid Federal Taxes in the US Could End World Hunger 3.5x

    Posted 4 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by David McSweeney

    In a 2015 report, the U.N. estimated the annual cost of eliminating world hunger to be $116 billion per year. In 2016, the IRS published their Federal Tax Compliance report, which estimated the annual tax gap (true tax liability – tax eventually collected) at $406 billion — enough to end world hunger 3.5x.   Ending World […]

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  • What does a bookkeeper do?

    Posted 5 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Tim Chaves

    We get this question a lot. That’s probably due to the business we’re in (accounting software, with a healthy dose of bookkeeping on the side). Either way, we talk about it all the time. What does a bookkeeper actually do? There are often other questions that go along with that one: are bookkeepers the same […]

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  • Hiring a Virtual Bookkeeper for Your Small Business

    Posted 6 months ago in Small Business Tips
    by Brad Hanks

    Modern technology simplifies and streamlines staffing a small business, no matter where you are. You no longer need to the traditional full office with people typing away in cubicles. Skype, instant messaging, and webinars allow us to work from anywhere in the world, and still get the job done. But technology doesn’t just help you […]

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  • ZipBooks Announces Personalized Machine Learning for Better Bookkeeping

    Posted 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 10 months 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 11 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 11 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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