Governmental organizations usually impose some charges to individuals and legal entities referred to as tax with an aim of funding public expenditure. There are punishments enforceable by law for failure to pay tax, resisting or evading tax. Taxes imposed on an individual or legal entity may be direct or indirect which can be paid by offering labor equivalent of money. Proper record keeping for all financial transactions help in ensuring there is an easy time when filing tax returns since all the records are clear. Financial transactions taking place on a daily basis can be enhanced by using the bookkeeping process to record all the transaction.
There are various business accounts processes including bookkeeping which can be described as a process of recording financial transactions that take place in an organization, institution or business on day to day basis. There are various transactions that are involved in bookkeeping including purchases, sales, payments and receipts which can be cash or credit transactions. The single-entry bookkeeping system and the double-entry bookkeeping system are the two major systems used in businesses and organizations in bookkeeping. Incomes and expenses in a busineses or organizations are recorded in one accoung in the single-entry bookkeeping system. Recording of financial transactions in at least two accounts such as liabilities, assets, expenses and revenue account is done when working with the double-entry bookkeeping systems. Bookkeeping process has been made easier by replacing the tedious paper work with computer software which reduces the number of errors made when recording transactions in businesses and organizations.
There are various types of taxes an individual is required to pay depending on one’s income, property, goods and services and many other types. An example of tax imposed depending on one’s property is the estate tax. Estate tax is levied on individuals who are beneficiaries of property left behind by a deceased individual. The estate tax can only be imposed on the beneficiary or the heir if the value exceed a set limited by the law of the state. The maximum limit set by a state and the procedure to be followed in filling the estate tax if the maximum limit is exceeded usually govern the estate tax preparation.
Estate tax preparation can be made easier by an enrolled agent who has advanced knowledge in tax law. Their main helps in the estate tax preparation is to ensure compliance to the law by the individual while ensuring the estate tax charged is minimized. Financial statements may present some estate tax information hence it is necessary for enrolled agents to have knowledge in accounting practices. Opinions that do not present the actual financial situation can arise when enrolled agents perform accounting and audit tasks hence are restricted.