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How do you recommend setting up an accounting system for the existing business I am purchasing? I currently have an LLC. Should I start over or take on with they have been doing? Any tax implications?
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Carter McBride
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I'd stick with their current system to start. If you need a different integration with other companies, then you're fine.
For accounting on the tax return, if you change anything, you will need to do a Form 3115 with every change you want to make. Then you need to recalculate the old books to be on the new accounting methods which leads to a 481(a) adjustment. That can be very costly to get done and could cause additional tax due. That's another reason to keep it as it is.
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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
I’m making it an asset sale and rolling it into my own LLC. Does that change anything?
You wouldn't need to do a 3115 then.
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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
But if I’m doing it under my own LLC, would I start from scratch with my own methods?
Yup. You can start from scratch with your own accounting methods, which is why you would not need to do a 3115.
Just to clarify, by accounting systems that means like QuickBooks. Accounting methods means things like accrual vs. cash.
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Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Oh thanks for the clarification. I meant methods. Last question, where could I find what’s considered best practices in methods?
There is not really a best practices and methods guide. If you're eventually going to look for bank financing, it's recommended to use the accrual method of accounting.
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