In This Issue
Integrated Merchant Services
Goodbye to QBF 2011
Payroll Plans
Small Business Solutions LLC 
PO Box 10053
Huntsville, AL 35801


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December 2013

 By now, you probably have a pretty clear idea of what your company's goals are for 2014. "Make more money" is likely one of them. There are plenty of ways to go about that, but if you're not yet accepting credit and debit card payments within QuickBooks and elsewhere, you're missing one of the easier ones.  One of the best ways to boost income in 2014 is by accepting customer payments from any device.  Read below for more details.


Streamline & Save Time - Do you need more time to focus on your business and to spend less time doing paperwork and filing taxes?  Then, you need a payroll service that will do the work for you.  Read below to learn which plan is right for your business.

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Resolution #1 - Resolve to Add Intuit Merchant Services in 2014

Intuit Merchant Services offers numerous ways to get paid quickly, wherever you are. If you have an internet connection and an account, you can accept payments from customers. 


In QuickBooks. You know what a hassle it is to deal with paper checks. They get lost. They get coffee spilled on them. And there are all of those trips to the bank. Even if you're using Intuit Check Solution for QuickBooks, processing checks is time-consuming. Scanning and depositing the checks themselves takes time, but you also have to wait for the payment to come in through the mail. 

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Figure 1: You can receive credit card payments from customers within QuickBooks.


When you sign up for an Intuit Merchant Services account, you can store your customers' credit card data in their QuickBooks records. Then when you process an incoming remittance on the Receive Payments screen, you only have to select that stored card option to record the transaction. You can even include a link on electronic invoices that lets customers enter their credit card information to pay instantly.


It sounds easy, and it is - once you get everything set up. Since you'll be dealing with multiple accounts and authorizing transactions that move through multiple financial institutions, you need to get it right from the start. We can walk you through all of the setup procedures to ensure accuracy and compliance.


From any web browser. Once you've signed up for an Intuit Merchant Services account, you can turn any PC with an internet connection into an Intuit Online Terminal. Enter the credit card details, and once the transaction is authorized, you can print or email a receipt.


Through the Merchant Service Center. An Intuit Merchant Services account includes access to the Intuit Merchant Service Center, where you can charge a card directly. You can process numerous types of transactions here and run reports, but some of these activities - like reversing transactions - are complex and can create problems if they're not done exactly right. Talk to us before attempting to do anything beyond charging a card here. And there are better, easier ways to perform that simple activity. 


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Figure 2: You can charge a card from within the Intuit Merchant Service Center, but let us help if you need to use any of its other tools.


From your mobile device. Intuit's GoPayment app lets you charge a credit card wherever you and your smartphone are. Using the optional card reader, you can even swipe your customers' bank cards. Your purchase data can then be synced with QuickBooks.


On your web store. You can't have a successful online storefront without accepting credit and debit cards. It's how people shop on the web. Intuit Merchant Service for Web Stores works with a number of ecommerce vendors, allowing your site visitors to pay with a card, and then sending your transaction information back to QuickBooks. We can help you ensure that this vital connection is set up correctly.


Using QuickBooks Point of Sale. If you have a physical retail storefront, you can use your Intuit Merchant Services account to accept bank cards from your in-store customers through QuickBooks Point of Sale Software. This solution has a seamless connection to QuickBooks.


There's a fee to establish and maintain an Intuit Merchant Services account and additional fees for individual transactions. If you've never worked with credit cards as a vendor before, this can all be rather confusing. Let us walk you through all of the steps and associated fees to get set up. The ability to accept credit and debit cards will undoubtedly boost your sales in 2014.

Goodbye to QuickBooks Financial 2011 Support
Need to Upgrade to POS v.11/2013 or Modify Payment Accounts
     On May 31, 2014, Intuit will discontinue support for QuickBooks Financial Pro, Premier, Simple Start 2011, QuickBooks for Mac 2011, and QBES 2011. You can continue to use these solutions, of course, but live technical support and add-on services like payroll, credit card processing, online banking and bill-pay will not be accessible.
     On May 31, 2014, Intuit will also discontinue technical support and store exchange if you are using Multi-Store Version QB POS v.10.  By November 1, 2014, Intuit will need to recertify all payments accounts to be PCI compliant.  Beginning 1 November, all NEW QuickBooks Point of Sale Payments clients must be on POS v.11/2013.  Existing Payments clients on POS v.8, v.9 or v.10 will need to add/modify their Payment account(s).  Small Business Solutions will continue to support all POS versions, but if there is an issue beyond our knowledge, then we will not receive support from Intuit to resolve the problem.
Talk to us about upgrading if you're using any of these products or services.
Resolution #2 - Which Payroll Plan is Right for You?

  • Instant paychecks for W-2 employees
  • Automatic guaranteed tax calculations
  • No tax forms included-create reports for your accountant for tax filings
  • Free direct deposit
  • Free live support from experts
  • Run payroll from your iPadiPhone or Android (online version only)
  • Works with or without QuickBooks
  • Instant paycheck for W-2 employees and 1099 contractors
  • Automatic tax calculations
  • Free direct deposit
  • Federal and State forms completed for you
  • Electronically pay and file taxes, including W-2's at year-end
  • Email reminders for taxes & forms
  • Free support from payroll experts
  • Print W-2's & forms for employees
  • Accessible from your iPadiPhone or Android (online version only)
  • Works with or without QuickBooks
Full Service - Worry enter the hours and we do the rest
  • We setup, run payroll, and file payroll taxes for you
  • We calculate paychecks and all payroll taxes
  • Free direct deposit & year-end W-2s
  • No tax pre-payment-pay only when it's due
  • Instant alerts from our Error Detection Technology
  • Guaranteed error-free paychecks & payroll taxes
  • Free live US-based support from experts
  • Free new hire reporting for W-2 employees
  • Detailed profitability views with job costing
  • Run payroll from your iPadiPhone or Android
  • Integrates with QuickBooks
Call SBS today at 256-337-5200 so we can help you make the choice that's right for you! 
Small Business Solutions LLC
PO Box 10053  Huntsville, AL 35801
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