Liquor Industry Cash Control Chicago Illinois

Updated July 27, 2015
Liquor Industry Cash Control Chicago Illinois

Controlling cash in the Liquor Store and Liquor Distribution Industry of Chicago can be a challenging task.

Controlling cash in the liquor store and liquor distribution industry in Chicago


First, we want to make sure that you don’t have an employee with sticky fingers. We certainly don’t want cases walking out the back door or falling off of the truck. Second, if your cash is off, then your sales could be understated. If they are understated, this opens up the possibility for problems with the Illinois Department of Revenue on a sales tax audit, or a possible charge of income tax evasion from the Internal Revenue Service.


Balancing your cash is extremely important. Starting the day with a specific amount of cash is necessary. Closing out the day after running what is commonly referred to as the z report, and tieing that total sales figure to cash, credit card, and other receipts is crucial. If you are off by ten dollars, then you need to track it down. Continued shortages might point to a problem employee where we would need to run a sting.


Keeping copies of all of the nightly closing reports along with the reconciliations is an important basis for the monthly sales tax returns in addition to the annual income tax returns. I realize that this is an enormous amount of paper, but without it, there simply is no other way to actually prove what your sales were for a given period. Without that proof, we could have some real difficulties.

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Chris Amundson is the President of Accounting Solutions Ltd., a full service public accounting firm of Certified Public Accountants and Enrolled Agents handling the bookkeeping, accounting, tax preparation, and audit representation needs of Businesses, Estates, Trusts, and Upper Income Individuals.