Minute Menu Kids Pro is an online family child care management software program that can save you time and money on your taxes.
The program is most commonly used by child care providers to complete their Food Program paperwork and electronically submit claims to their sponsor. Minute Menu contains built-in CACFP approved meals, ingredients, pre-planned menus, as well as easy-to-track meal counts and attendance records.
Minute Menu also contains a comprehensive record keeping section that tracks parent payments, prints receipts, calculates your Time-Space percentage, and tracks all business expenses. The program is updated each year with current mileage and meal allowance rates, and it organizes business expenses into categories that match IRS tax forms.
Here's an example of how the program will help you track business expenses: When you are ready to enter an expense the program will ask you to identify the store where you purchased it, the car you used and the number of miles to the store. It will remember the miles and automatically add them when you make future trips to the same store.
Then you will identify the what the item is by choosing from a pull-down menu of expense categories that match the IRS tax forms. The program will ask you to choose if the item is to be used 100% for your business, Time-Space percentage, or an actual business use percent. With this information you can print out reports that mirror the major IRS tax forms (Schedule C and Form 8829). This will make it much easier to file your taxes, whether you do it yourself or use a tax professional. Note: Minute Menu is not a tax preparation software program.
Minute Menu has over 50 reports that you can use to track parent payments, child information, daily activities, birthdays, emergency contacts, and more.
Because Minute Menu is web-based you can access it on any computer that is connected to the Internet: no worries about your computer crashing and no need to back-up your data - it's automatically saved.
Minute Menu is hosted on a secure site, with encrypted communications and password protection. You can also use the program to bill your parents electronically.
It is used by over 30,000 family child care providers and costs $69.95 per year. Members of the National Association for Family Child Care get a discount. You can use it free with a 30-day trial offer. You can get six months access to Minute Menu if you buy the Family Child Care Business Kit. Minute Menu runs on a PC.
Note: Years ago Redleaf Press offered its own software program - CK Kids (based on its Calendar-Keeper). After discontinuing this program, they worked with another company to develop a new record keeping program which was eventually bought out by Minute Menu. I helped develop the record keeping section of the Minute Menu program.
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