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What Is Revenue Reconciliation? Why It Matters

There are two vital parts to a successful month-end close (especially for startups and SaaS companies): Revenue recognition and revenue reconciliation. Many startups make the mistake of focusing on recognizing and recording transactions, skipping the reconciliation process — a crucial accounting step. We’ll discuss the basics of revenue recognition and reconciliation, what they are, why …

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IRS Warns About False ERC Claims: What to Know

The Employee Retention Credit (ERC) encouraged businesses to keep their employees on payroll during the height of the pandemic. However, the IRS has some new information for us as the economy tightens. Related: What Is the ERC? In October 2022, the IRS warned taxpayers about third parties promoting claiming enormous Employment Retention Credit (ERC) refunds …

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SR&ED Tax Credit Qualification Guide & FAQ

Before you apply for the Scientific Research and Experimental Development credit, it’s important to understand its requirements. If you’re wondering if the SR&ED program can benefit your businesses, if your projects qualify, how the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) determines eligibility, how this tax incentive program works, or how to claim it, you’re in the right …

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BREX vs. RAMP: Find the Best Credit Card for Startups

A business credit card is the ultimate weapon in the battle to keep your new business thriving. Cash back rewards, credit perks, and all the other needed tools that keep company growth a reality. Business credit cards aren’t just limited to more significant enterprises anymore, and small business credit cards are made just for startups, …

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Startup Bookkeeping: How to Get Started Right

Many aspects go into running a business. Bookkeeping is a crucial business component, as it can impact your business’s growth and success.  Bookkeeping encompasses various tasks, including data entry, filing taxes, and more. Where do you get started? Read this guide from Tax Robot to learn how to start bookkeeping for your business.  Related: Startup …

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Pre-Seed Funding & Investors Guide for Startups

Over 23,000 startups have received seed funding from 2016-2020, which has grown exponentially compared to the decade before. Many businesses see the value of bringing in investors early to help launch their businesses right vs. bootstraps. We’ll explore why pre-seed money is good and how to attract pre-seed investors to your startup business. By leveraging early investors, …

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What Is the Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC)?

The Work Opportunity Tax Credit (WOTC) program is a federal tax credit that employers can use when they hire people from specific target demographics, such as disabled individuals. In the past, these workers have experienced barriers to employment. However, there are certain rules that employers must follow to access these credits. If you want an …

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Tax Credits for Hiring Veterans: How to Qualify

With an estimated 19 million US veterans, the United States strives to help its Armed Forces veterans find gainful employment once they are discharged. To do this, the federal government offers significant tax credits to companies that employ military veterans. To qualify for these credits, a business needs to jump through a few hoops fairly quickly …

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What are Tax Incentives? Beginner’s Guide for 2023

When your small business is in the startup phase, it’s critical to take advantage of all the US tax incentives that apply to your business. Qualifying for government tax incentives can reduce your tax liability up to 30%. We’ll cover the different tax incentives available and why your business should leverage as many as possible.   What …

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What is the Payroll Tax Deferral? CARES Act Breakdown

As part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, businesses could defer their employer portion of payroll taxes from 2020 until 2021 and 2022. Over 1,026,282 employers took advantage of this deferral during the economic burden caused by COVID-19. President Joe Biden extended the payroll tax deferral as part of the American Rescue Plan Act. …

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Tax Credits for Hiring the Disabled: Incentivize Your Hiring

If you have a business, you may qualify for a tax incentive from the IRS for hiring those individuals with disabilities. The government uses tax credits to encourage employers to hire people who might have faced employment challenges in the past. When businesses try to hire these qualified workers, they can enjoy many tax breaks, …

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How Does the Federal Government Define a Minority Business?

According to the current tax code, minority-owned businesses have no specific incentives, but entrepreneurs can take advantage of certain tax breaks and credits. There are several recognized minority groups; they include: Black/African Americans Hispanic/Latino Americans Asian Americans Arab Americans/ Middle Eastern Americans Native Americans/Alaska Natives Native Hawaiians/Pacific Islanders Are you searching for additional resources to …

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IRC Section 174: Get Lower Tax Bill for Inventors

For many people, there is nothing more exciting than innovation. Inventors who are engaged in research and development activities have a unique opportunity to lower their tax bills, and it’s all thanks to IRC Section 174. Our tax system is full of technical jargon and complex intricacies, and it’s constantly changing. Even Section 174 isn’t …

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Research and Experimentation Tax Credit Guide

Tax season can loom over companies with all its paperwork, technicalities, and endless hard-to-decipher jargon. There’s a lot to learn about filing your taxes properly and maximizing your return. It’s important to understand the ins and outs of taxes, especially those areas that aren’t well known or understood.  The research and experimentation tax credit was …

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What is the Employee Retention Credit (ERC)? Guide

There are many questions surrounding the Employee Retention Tax Credit (ERC). Many companies understand the benefits, but several changes, requirements, qualifications, etc., can seem confusing. Today we will try and simplify this complicated subject and provide you with a guide to the ERC, including how the ERC works, wage qualifications, how to claim this tax …

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IRS Form 944 Instructions & Free PDF Download

If your business has employees, your tax obligations include reporting your payroll and income taxes withheld from their paychecks. While large companies typically file Form 941, small businesses with less tax liability typically file a simpler form—Form 944. Related: Startups—Here’s how to get $250,000 From the IRS We’ll explain how to fill out each section …

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How to Calculate R&D Tax Credit [Guide & Calculator]

The research and development tax credit (R&D tax credit) can help many startups and small businesses save on tax time. However, many business owners don’t claim it because they don’t think it applies to them or isn’t aware that it exists. Related: Government Loans for Startups & Small Businesses When you think about R&D, lab …

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How to Calculate ERC Tax Credit [Guide & Calculator]

If you’re a business owner who’s struggling to make ends meet, tax credits like the Employer Retention Credit (ERC) might be the answer. It’s more accessible than many other relief options like grants or loans. However, understanding how tax credits work can be confusing—don’t worry; we’ll explore everything you need to know about the ERC …

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Startup Stages: A Guide to Every Step of the Process

In a world where it seems like everything has already been invented, unique ideas are worthless if you don’t hone them. So, no matter what idea you have for your startup, you have to cultivate it. There are various approaches to growing a startup, including defining its development by lifecycle stages. We’ll explore the five …

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Product Development for Startups: How to Get Started

Developing a product for your startup is no less than an adventure. You’ll find challenges at every level and around every corner, from finding your audience and analyzing their demographics to creating and launching the right solution and everything in between. We’ll explore each aspect of the startup product development process, from ideation and design …

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How to Find Sales Reps for Your Startup (That Will Crush It!)

The key to building a strong sales team in any startup is creating the right sales hiring strategy. The sales rep turnover rate is at an all-time high—finding and retaining the best salespeople is crucial to the success of your new business. We’ll explore how and where to find the sales reps that will crush …

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How to Find Competitor Pricing: Track the Competition Easy

Look at the biggest brands out there—how did they get to where they are? By understanding their competition and tracking their pricing. Knowing how your brand compares to your biggest competitors is the key to getting and staying on top. This is especially true when it comes to pricing. Your customers are more price-sensitive than …

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Grants for Nonprofit Startups: A Complete Guide

Developing a nonprofit startup isn’t an easy process, especially when getting the needed funding to get initial operations off the ground. Sadly, grants for nonprofit startups are notoriously competitive due to the limited number of grants available. To help you more easily navigate the complex realm of nonprofit startup grants, our team of passionate business …

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Federal Government Loans for Small Business & Startups

When it comes to getting a loan for your startup or small business, you really only have two options: private loans or government loans. Getting a loan from a private lender before you have an established business isn’t easy— they are typically reluctant to take large risks. On the other hand, federal government loans were …

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Small Business Grants for Immigrants & Minorities Guide

Opening a new business is not easy for anyone. Still, it’s a complicated process for immigrants and members of minorities, who often lack access to the same resources and support that U.S.-born citizens and non-minority individuals typically receive. But that doesn’t mean that opening a successful business as a minority or immigrant is impossible. It …

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Startup Valuation: How to Choose the Right Method 

Startup valuation provides insight into the company’s ability to meet investor and customer expectations so that it can find new capital to grow. A startup valuation may factor in assets, business models, total addressable market, and the company’s expertise. Valuing a startup is both a science and art. Whether starting with a simple idea or …

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How to Build the Best Founders’ Agreement for Startups

With the immense amount of work you do when launching a startup, it’s easy to overlook creating a founders’ agreement. You’re in this together, and you trust your co-founders, right? Won’t everything be fine? Even if you’ve known them for years and have complete trust in them, you still need to build a founders’ agreement. …

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Sole Proprietorships: What to Know

Are you starting a business and considering whether to do a sole proprietorship? We’ll explain everything you need to know about starting a sole proprietorship, advantages, disadvantages, taxes, and other common questions. What is a Sole Proprietorship? Sole proprietorships are unincorporated businesses run by a single individual. This is the most common form of small …

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7 “Next Big Thing” Innovations to Watch as a Start-up

Disruptions in every industry are commonplace with the growth and development of technology and innovation. To be competitive in the current marketplace, start-ups must be innovative and integrate new technology into their operations. And for entrepreneurs looking to create start-ups within these new technologies, it’s critical to pick the next big thing that will drive …

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How Startups Use Automation as a Key Driver

To find market success amid a sea of ever-growing industry competition, startups can’t just stumble from one terrible idea to the next while ineffectively planning their operations, poorly leveraging their resources, and creating random approaches for execution. Startups need to harness specialized tools and strategies for their processes that can help them stay afloat while …

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Disruption: What Is It & Examples for Startups

Suppose you’ve been keeping up with any articles covering hot new tech-based services or apps over the past several years. In that case, you’ve likely encountered the word “disruption” being thrown around a lot, especially for companies in Silicon Valley. You may have also heard it applied to concepts within your own business! Despite this, …

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Data-Driven vs. Data-Informed: What’s the Difference?

Today’s businesses rely on data to formulate their growth strategies—data-driven and data-informed approaches are two unique ways you can leverage data to gain a competitive edge. Although the differences are subtle, each approach takes a different direction and changes how your company works with its available data. Related: How to Raise Venture Capital Taking a …

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Customer Experience Map: Simple Steps to Build One

If businesses want to stay afloat and succeed in the current age of widespread market competition, they need to pull out all possible stops. Especially when it comes to attracting the attention of customers, getting and keeping them engaged, convincing them to make purchases, and having them enjoy the entire experience. While more significant, more …

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Bookings: Understanding Their Roles in SaaS

Measuring the results of your SaaS company can get confusing quickly. And unlike revenue, bookings do not have a GAAP standard definition—it varies across businesses.  In general, bookings refer to a forward-looking metric that indicates a contract’s value over time. Let’s begin by discussing how this differs from revenue. Related: 5 Best Business Startup Tips …

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5 Tips Entrepreneurs Need to Know for Digital Marketing

The best way to grow your new startup business is to create and follow a solid digital marketing plan. We know that growing your startup is a significant undertaking and can be extremely challenging, especially without the right strategies. We’ll cover five tips that every startup can use to create a better digital marketing strategy …

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How Startups Benefit from the IRS Seed Stage

Every year, the United States Government gives billions of dollars to innovative companies and businesses for creating or improving current technologies, processes, materials, and products. These incentives are provided by the U.S. Research & Experimentation Tax Credit program or R&D tax credit for short.  You may wonder why the government is willing to provide these …

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Venture Capital: What It Is & How to Raise It

Developing your own business, launching a successful startup, or even growing a business after some level of early success can be a very challenging process, especially with the current state of the financial world. Every step of the business creation and growth process carries its complications and obstacles for people to overcome. Arguably the most …

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Venture Partner: a Critical Piece to Your Startup

Suppose you’re looking into potential venture capital (VC) sources to help support your budding startup or growing business operations. In that case, you must understand what venture partners are and what role they will ultimately play in your future business operations. But what are venture partners? And how do they impact your process of earning …

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Qualified Research Expenses (QRE): A Complete Guide

The Research & Development Tax Credit—or the R&D Tax Credit—is a federal credit that incentivizes, dollar-for-dollar, companies to improve existing processes and products or develop new ones. Any company that performs qualified research activities in the US can use this credit to offset its tax liability. Any expenses that qualify for this tax credit are …

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R&D Tax Credit Guide

Filing taxes can be complicated enough for individuals. Still, the process becomes even more frustrating when you’re a business owner, especially a successful one that operates multiple departments within a complex industry. Thankfully, our experts at TaxRobot can ensure you get your business taxes done right the first time through our automated processes. Not only …

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R&D Credits for Software Companies: What to Know

Software companies transform business operations in numerous industries by creating products that fuel productivity and efficiency. In support of continued innovation, R&D tax credits are available to many organizations, providing substantial savings opportunities for a range of software companies. Many expenses that software companies incur through their research and development are eligible, including contractor development …

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