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April 1998

Editor: Scott Gottlieb, CPA
Assistant editor: Susan A. Maffetone, CPA

April 15th is Here
Hopefully your taxes are done, if you cannot complete your tax returns by the April 15th deadline, the government allows you an automatic four month extension to August 15th,   keep in mind this extension is only an extension of time to file and not an extension of time to pay.  All your estimated tax liability is due by April 15th.


Accounting Software tips of the month
Name Those Excel Worksheets

You can name  Excel sheets most anything you want but there is exceptions, If you've named one of your sheets  "My 1997 Expenses Data." you have to be careful when you make a reference to the newly named sheet.

Suppose you have data in cell A1 on the worksheet named "My 1997 Expenses   Data." You'd like to place this data into cell A1 of Sheet1. You need to enclose the new sheet name in single quotes. For example,

'My 1997 Expenses Data' A1 will work.   If you omit the single quotes, it won't work.

Format a Single Cell in Excel

To quickly set the format of a single cell in Excel, select the cell and then right-click it. When the pop-up menu opens, select Format Cells. This opens the Format Cells dialog box. Once in the dialog box, you can click the Number tab to set up the cell's format.  You can also set Alignment, Font, Border, Patterns, or Protection. Make your selections and click OK to record your choices and close the dialog box.



Repeated Tip From Last Months Column

Accounting Software tips of the month- Excel 97

A software bug has been found in Excel 97.  The updated Excel 97 Auto-Recalculation Patch resolves a recalculation issue discovered in Microsoft Excel 97 for Windows, which prevents certain cells within a worksheet from automatically recalculating. This updated version also fixes a more recently discovered problem involving shared formulas in Excel 97. If you downloaded the original Excel Patch before March 20, 1998, you should also download this patch.  There is also a patch for Office 97 at Microsoft's site.  Visit Microsoft at


April Words of Wisdom:

Clean out your closets, look through items that you did not use this year or last.
Donate them to a charity or a local nursing home.  There are many individuals that can use that winter coat and shoes.  Take the time to drop them off yourself, maybe you can volunteer some time or a skill you have.  Do something for someone less fortunate than you and it will come back twofold.

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