Last minute tax prep: Pull your Profit & Loss report

April 8, 2011


Sent out as an email to FreshBooks users yesterday.

Spring is here! Unfortunately that means taxes are due in the next few weeks – but since you’ve been using FreshBooks this year, you can pull your sales and expense information in seconds and quickly flip it to your accountant.

Step 1: Pull your Profit & Loss report

First, pull your “Profit & Loss” report in your “Reports” tab under “Bookkeeping” reports. Then adjust it to the following:

  1. Period to “Yearly”
  2. Ending to “December” “2010” or your tax year-end
  3. Revenue to: “Collected (Cash Based)” (or for accrual: “Billed (Accrual)”)
  4. Expenses to: “Exclude Sales Taxes” or “Include Sales Taxes” depending on your filings*
  5. Then click update.


Profit and Loss Report

*For details on how to do your expenses and sales tax filings, talk to your accountant. The “Expense Report” has more detail.

 

Step 2: Email your accountant

Send your Profit & Loss to your accountant using “Export to: Excel” on the right. Just attach the file to an email and fire away!

Profit and Loss - Export

Done! Now it’s time for to take some time off.

Bonus: Are you using Cost of Goods Sold (COGS) in FreshBooks or have questions about them? Learn what COGS are and how to use them.


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