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3 Signs Your Startup is Ready for an ERP System

Posted by Brooklin Nash to Business, Startup Tips

Computers have long since become an integral facet of companies of all shapes and sizes. With computer systems becoming more complex and adaptable, they have been able to meet the demands of both giant manufacturing organizations and small B2B operations. For companies both large and small, there comes a point when operations are made much easier by implementing an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system.

 

What the Tax Act Means for Your 2018 Meals and Entertainment Deductions

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Taxes

Many are still torn on how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will help or hurt U.S. small businesses, but there is one change that would have a sweeping effect on most startups: The more rigid restrictions on what businesses can deduct for meals and entertainment expenses (M&E).


These stricter limits affect spending on any dining, grocery, celebrations, etc. that took place starting January 1, 2018. For companies that rely on these benefits to attain and retain employees and customers, this may be a big blow.


Jump to a table-style cheat sheet that breaks down how the new tax code impacts the most commonly deducted M&E expenses.

It’s Now 250% More Expensive to File Taxes Late If You Have Foreign Shareholders

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Taxes

Short Story: The penalty for failing to file your Form 5472(s) is increasing from $10,000 to $25,000. (This applies to each filing per month—which can add up fast!)

 

Q: Which businesses are affected by the penalty increase?

Don’t Let Foreign Business Tax Obligations Get Lost in Translation

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Taxes

Tax season can be stressful for any individual or business owner. Unless you’re an expert, the guidelines feel complicated and vague, and the repercussions can get expensive and detrimental. This alone can leave the most confident entrepreneurs paralyzed by uncertainty, but gets even more complex if your business is involved in any relationships or activities overseas.

“Overseas" can apply to any foreign country, even if it's not over a sea or ocean. Failing to take proper tax filing precautions for all your foreign financial activities could land you or your affiliates in hot water. How hot? Upwards of $10,000-per-error hot.

Here’s what you can do: Be proactive in identifying your tax filing responsibilities and timelines to avoid an uncomfortable conversation with the IRS (Internal Revenue Service) and other scary branches of the U.S. government such as the SEC.

What Investors Really Want to See for a Series A Funding Round

Posted by Elise Fajen to inDinero Academy, Business Advice

As someone who spends all day, every day, listening to entrepreneurs share the challenges they face, I’ve learned a few things: Every business may be unique, but business owners have a lot in common.

Lately, I’ve been hearing a lot of anxiety from founders of SaaS companies and other rapidly growing startups as they approach their series A fundraising round.

The Internet is full of great advice for approaching a series A funding round. Most of them emphasize a few basic points:

[Checklist] Making the Switch from Cash or Accrual to GAAP Accounting

Posted by Daniel Reji to Accounting, Business Advice

One of the most thoughtful and hardworking CPAs I’ve ever met once told me that businesses are like fingerprints—each one is unique and has different ways of tracking and sharing financial information internally.

 

I was brand new to inDinero, and she was helping me understand why GAAP is so essential for so many of our clients. GAAP, or generally accepted accounting principles, has become the guiding light for financial professionals preparing public-facing reports for companies in the United States. Accountants use these principles to create statements that give outsiders an easy-to-understand window into your business’s financial performance in order to compare it alongside other businesses, while still maintaining the individuality of each company’s financial profile.

Take the Chaos Out of Small Business Taxes, Stay Organized With inDinero’s Tax Questionnaire

Posted by Jenna Meyer to Taxes, inDinero Product Updates

When you’re busy running your business all year, you’re probably not spending much time considering which specific state and federal forms you’ll need to file. But in the game of business taxes, you need to be organized and timely..


inDinero’s tax solution is designed to streamline the annual tax preparation process. Our cloud-based Tax Questionnaire gives small business owners something they’ve never had before: A self-guided place to gather all the information our tax team needs to build their business tax returns.

Your Small Business Can Afford to Offer Retirement Plans—Here’s How

Posted by Damian Davila to Investment, Business Advice, Budgeting, Startup Tips

In the past, many small business owners have thought that providing a 401(k) plan wasn’t realistic for their employees. Perhaps they felt they were too small, that the plans were too expensive, or that the administrative burden was just too high.


Luckily, this is no longer the case, and not only is it possible—and affordable—for companies of any size to start providing a savings plan, but getting an early start is also advantageous from a tax-saving perspective


Consider this:

  • A recent Glassdoor employment confidence survey found that 31% of workers value a 401(k), retirement plan, and/or pension over more than a pay raise.
  • Approximately two-thirds of workers not saving for retirement say they would be likely to save for retirement if their employer used automatic paycheck deductions at either 3% or 6% of salary.
  • In 2018, workers can make tax-deductible contributions of up to $18,500 to a 401(k).

The other good news is that in this tight job market, offering a workplace retirement plan is a great way to make your business stand out from the competition. However, it’s not just employees who can draw huge benefits: as it turns out, employers can also reap some incredible tax credits and deductions for providing a 401(k).

Getting to Know Elise Fajen of inDinero and Wind-Blox

Posted by Melissa Hollis to Inside inDinero

Elise Fajen is inDinero’s Sales Operation Manager, as well as the Co-Founder and Director of Human Resources at her family-owned sportswear company, Wind-Blox. When she’s not looking for new ways for inDinero’s marketing and sales teams to reach small business owners, she’s busy making our Portland office a wonderful and welcoming place to work:

 

Is There a Right or Wrong Time of Year to Outsource Your Business's Accounting?

Posted by Tyson Yoon to Accounting, Business Advice

Maybe you hate spending your Saturdays in spreadsheets, or maybe you hit a few major milestones and are outgrowing your current system. Regardless of what’s driving you to outsource your accounting, there are a few factors you must take into account during this transition.

In addition to a few other key considerations—such as the impact on other vendors or operational processes—the time of year can drive when to bring on a new system. Here are a few times that are ideal to start outsourcing your accounting.

 

Success starts when you take charge of your finances.

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