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QuickBooks 2013 For Dummies by Stephen L. Nelson, MBA, CPA

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Paying Sales Tax

To ingratiate itself with you retailers, QuickBooks includes a special dialog box for paying sales tax. However, to use this dialog box, you must have sales tax items or a sales tax group already set up. See Chapter 3 for a thorough explanation of items and groups.

To see how much sales tax you owe and to write checks to government agencies in one fell swoop, choose Vendors⇒Sales Tax⇒Pay Sales Tax to access the Pay Sales Tax dialog box, as shown in Figure 6-11. Alternatively, click the Pay Sales Tax icon on the Home page in the Vendors area.

Figure 6-11: The Pay Sales Tax dialog box.

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This dialog box is similar to the Pay Bills window (refer to Figure 6-8). The buttons basically work the same way.

Click in the Pay column to add check marks next to all the items that you want to pay. QuickBooks automatically writes checks in the register. Your payments are likewise recorded in the Sales Tax Payable register.

tip.eps Are you an online retailer or a bricks-and-mortar retailer who does a healthy website business? If so, you probably need to make sure that you’re smart about the way you handle your sales-tax accounting. Here’s why. It’s looking more and more likely that the United States Congress will change the federal laws that prevent other states from making you collect ...

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