4 Practical Reasons Online Accounting Software is the Best

4 Practical Reasons Online Accounting Software is the Best

For Accountants
Editor's note: This article was first published in June 2017 but has been revamped to stay up-to-date. You look with dread at your accounting books and forms that you have to fill. Various clients with different information that needs to be entered and computed. Can this day get any worse? You’re in luck! Fortunately, in this day and age of computers and high-speed internet, there is computer software that can efficiently perform accounting functions at a push of a button. There are a number of online accounting software out there that you can check out and see which fits your needs. They make processes more efficient. May it be calculating revenue, computing the payroll, or improving cash flow, software is indeed a great investment for any company that wants to get ahead…
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New Withholding Tax Rates 2018

New Withholding Tax Rates 2018

For Accountants, For SMEs
Upon the approval of the tax reform bill, the BIR released the new withholding tax rates as seen on its website and the image below. As previously mentioned, those with compensation not exceeding 250,000 annually will be exempt from withholding tax while others will have to pay a staggered rate starting January 1. In other words, for the first salary of the year, usually January 15, Filipinos should expect bigger take-home pays compared to the previous month’s. However, you’re reminded that old tax rates still apply to your 2017 ITR, particularly the income you earned in that year. “The salary and earnings of us taxpayers in the previous year will still be taxed according to the old rates when we file our income tax returns (ITR) before the April 16…
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How To Attract Millennial Accounting Clients

How To Attract Millennial Accounting Clients

For Accountants
The number of millennials having their own business venture is steadily on the rise. Hence, it is only proper for you, as an accountant, to have them as one your clients. Otherwise, you will be creating a big dent in your business.As previously discussed, these millennial entrepreneurs have a set of criteria should they wish to work with accountants and accounting firms alike. If you want to lure this big fish, you should have the following methods in your accounting practice.DigitalIt is not an overstatement when we say that millennials and technology go hand-in-hand. Thus, if you are to partner with them, you should know the digital world by heart. Having a reliable accounting software is a must. But switching to digital does not only refer to going paperless. You should…
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What Millennial Entrepreneurs Look for in Accountants

What Millennial Entrepreneurs Look for in Accountants

For Accountants
A significant number of millennials make up the workforce and the millennials who start up their own business have been continually on the rise. In fact, Business View published an article calling this generation a “generation of entrepreneurs.”And according to Accountancy Age, a third of these entrepreneur millennials make at least $1.1m in annual revenue. In other words, this generation makes up one of the best accounting clients profit-wise. However, this generation also has high standards when it comes to hiring employees and choosing potential partners. In terms of accounting and bookkeeping colleagues, here are the characteristics they require.Strategic insightReporting, forecasting, and cash flow are the top three frustrations of millennial businesspeople. Hence, they prefer an accountant that can provide strategic insight into the finances of the company. Note though…
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Duterte Signs 2018 Tax Reform Bill, Now What?

Duterte Signs 2018 Tax Reform Bill, Now What?

For Accountants, For SMEs
On December 19, 2017, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the much-awaited tax reform program that plans to shift the tax burden from the low-income earners to the higher-earning ones. This new law exempts individuals whose annual income does not exceed PhP250,000 from paying personal income taxes. Workers who are earning 400,000 to 800,000 will “be paying income tax at ₱30,000 plus 25% of the excess over ₱400,000.” Before those who are earning more than 500,000 annually pay “₱125,000 plus 32% of the excess over ₱500,000.” Also, the tax exemption for bonuses such as 13th-month pay is raised from 82,000 to 90,000. Another change introduced by the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) is the optional flat tax for the SEPs of the self-employed and professionals. If they would not opt…
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3 Reasons the Accounting Job is the Top Choice in the Philippines

3 Reasons the Accounting Job is the Top Choice in the Philippines

For Accountants
There is certainly a job growth occurring in the Philippines. Information Technology (IT) jobs are coming here in waves through companies seeking the expertise of Filipinos. Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) is also continuing its upward trend of providing more and more call-center jobs to young and alike.Nursing, engineering, banking, financial and all other areas are seeing gains and offering opportunities to more of our countrymen. However, there are those who like mathematics and playing with numbers.They have entertained the thought of a career in accounting but unsure of its prospects. With so many job careers to choose from, how lucrative is the accounting job in the Philippines?What we can say is that accounting jobs have never looked so promising in the Philippines. In the last few years, accounting has been…
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3 Reasons Oojeema Is a Better Option than Ledger and Journal

3 Reasons Oojeema Is a Better Option than Ledger and Journal

For Accountants
We all agree that our beloved ledger and journal have gone a long way to make sure our finances are in check. However, we are also aware of the limitations this method has in terms of accounting. For starters, it’s a challenge to search for old records or any record for that matter. Second, there’s no backup. If these records are lost, most probably they’re lost forever. Last, they are not secure. Anyone who has access to them can tamper the data (read: Teleserye eksena).For these reasons, we highly recommend digital and online accounting systems. But, we also know that modern systems seem to be intimidating, especially for those who are not very much familiar with the current technology.This is the exact reason we created Oojeema. Why switch to Oojeema?Oojeema…
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3 Excellent Reasons Technology Improves Accounting

3 Excellent Reasons Technology Improves Accounting

For Accountants
There are piles and piles of accounting books and ledgers that you have to go over. You have to check invoices, file receipts, and make computations and the day is almost over.Is there a way to make everything more efficient and your life simpler?It's a good thing there is, and it's called technology. In this day and age of the World Wide Web and advanced computers, there is also technology that can cater to your accounting needs.There are many new technological advances that improve and even revolutionize accounting. From cloud computing to social media, the role of technology is to make bookkeeping processes simpler and your life hassle-free.3 excellent and practical roles of technology in accounting1.  AccuracyYou've been working all afternoon looking at numbers and performing computations. Hour after hour,…
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Crunch it: A glimpse into the world of financial statements

Crunch it: A glimpse into the world of financial statements

For Accountants, For SMEs
Among all the industries, I can say that accounting can easily count as one of the backbones of society. Why? This is because businesses, big and small, and even the government have some kinds of accounting system in place. According to LinkedIn’s special report on Philippine's workforce, individuals who crunch numbers for a living are quite in demand. The report only goes to show that the field of accounting, like medicine, science, and technology, is fundamental in helping society function properly. The accounting practice in the Philippines Did you know that the system of accounting in the Philippines can be traced back to our ancestors when we exchanged goods and services with the Chinese, Indians, and Malays? During this time, “accounting” was a simple matter of hands exchanging cash. Eventually,…
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Do you know the top challenges for accounting firms?

Do you know the top challenges for accounting firms?

For Accountants
Of course, accounting firms, like all other businesses, are confronted with challenges.  However, to solve any problem, you need to be able to define specifically what the problem is before you can find out how to deal with them. To help you with identifying these problems, let us look into the top business challenges for accounting firms. Top challenges for accounting firms The first challenge is attracting and developing new business.   Research reveals that 70% recognize this as the primary challenge for accounting firms. Finding new clients appear to be an increasing concern for firms in the industry as international competition mounts. So as not to be hampered by such obstacles, you should be able to set objectives which will allow your accounting firm to grow organically. Another challenge…
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