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 July 2011  The CAL Zone – GP Tips & Tricks Newsletter 
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Amber's Tips & Tricks
ISV Spotlight: Avalara
Common Accounting Mistakes
FRx-Management Reporter
Summer Dress code Q&A
Current Promotions
CAL Blog Posts


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Amber's Tips & Tricks
Cash Receipts – Finding Customer by Using Invoice Number Title

This is a great tip for Cash Receipts!

ISV Spotlight:  Avalara

Sales tax is hard. Avalara’s AvaTax™ makes it easy. AvaTax Calc determines rates based on taxability and sourcing rules, as well as geo-spatial locating for finite accuracy. AvaTax Certs limits audit exposure on non-tax transactions with customer exemption certificate management. AvaTax Returns completes the end-to-end compliance process with return preparation and remittance of sales tax liability. AvaTax integrates seamlessly within your ERP to deliver visibility of certificates and sales taxes, ease of processing from calculation to remittance and detailed reporting. Thousands of businesses rely on Avalara’s cloud-based automation to make sales tax compliance less taxing.

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Three Common Accounting Mistakes

Small business owners often make simple accounting mistakes that can make the difference between a good and bad fiscal year. Here are three common errors entrepreneurs make and the lessons you can learn from them.

Mistake No.1: You treat sales as revenue before the product or service is delivered.
When you make a sale, don’t count it as income until you have delivered the product or service to the customer.

Mistake No. 2: You don’t consider the financial ramifications of a large purchase, such as equipment.
When making a major purchase, such as equipment, consider a short-term loan or leasing if purchasing with cash would put a serious dent in your reserves.

Mistake No. 3: You confuse profits for cash flow.
Always track what you’re spending versus selling. Just because there’s money in the bank doesn’t mean you’re making a profit.

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Migrating From FRx to Management Reporter- A Must Read

You may have heard great things about Management Reporter for Microsoft Dynamics GP and are now evaluating a move from Microsoft FRx. Microsoft has been kind enough to post on their Dynamics Corporate Performance Management blog some information about this migration and what the top 5 support calls are along with solutions.

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The Summer’s Do’s & Dont’s of Office Dress Code

The Hartford Business Journal recently had a Q&A session talking about dressing for the office during the summer with the branch manager of Office Team in Hartford.

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