How To Maintain Your Professionalism and Be on the Forefront of the Cannabis Industry

What is the first thing you think of when you hear the word “Cannabis”?

Did your thought(s) lean negative or positive?

The stigma surrounding the Cannabis plant often prevents seasoned accounting professionals from entering the Cannabis niche. There is sometimes a fear of not maintaining professionalism or damaging their reputation when they sign Cannabis clients, or a resistance to working with a federally illegal product and the accompanying tax complications.

You’re here, however, which means the Cannabis niche has piqued your interest. For a second, put aside your preconceived notions, and let’s address typical industry concerns and the potential opportunities.

“But Cannabis has an ‘evil drug’ stigma…”

Many people still think of Cannabis as a gateway drug that could lead to habitual hard drug usage or encourage laziness. This perception has been drilled into the brains of Americans since the early 1900s, when propaganda ...

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5 Cannabis/Hemp/CBD Accounting Headaches to Overcome that will Help Land You Clients (and Really Help Desperate CEOs)

Cannabis and hemp/CBD accounting is overwhelming for CEOs and seasoned accountants alike. At times, both niches can seem impossibly complex and leave you, the accounting professional, with a headache as you sift through state and federal rules and regulations. 

Your clients’ success hinges largely on you unraveling the tangle of rules and regulations and implementing the necessary processes required to keep Cannabis companies compliant. Few standard procedures and controls have been set in this emerging industry, but you can still provide exceptional accounting services that allow your clients to run profitable and sustainable businesses. With proper training and resources, along with an understanding of your clients’ pain points, you can learn to navigate the common issues in Cannabis and hemp/CBD accounting, gain a competitive edge, land more clients, and help CEOs who are desperate for your services. 

Five Headaches Plaguing Cannabis/Hemp/CBD CEOs and...

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Software Management Problems in the Cannabis Industry

The cannabis industry lacks a comprehensive software solution

Cannabis friendly software solutions have posed many challenges to accounting professionals, owners, operators, and investors. In order to remain in compliance in today’s cannabis world, there are monthly, quarterly, and yearly reporting requirements at the state and federal level which include required bank reporting, consolidated financials for investors and lenders, and  others that can be laborious and hard to keep straight without centralized software systems that integrate. Coupled with complex entity structures, cannabis reporting requires specific software tailored to the cannabis industry, which means general business solutions will not work. Popular accounting systems like Quickbooks and Xero don’t have cannabis industry charts of accounts, nor do they integrate with other cannabis software, which poses a unique challenge for accounting professionals and cannabis owners alike that are looking...

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The Top 5 Pitfalls of Cannabis CEOs (and their Accountants) are Still Making

Cannabis companies are being shut down, fined, and handed down punishments at an alarming rate.

Have you seen the news lately? Cannabis CEO’s are getting in big, BIG trouble, and it’s only going to get worse. The cards are stacked against cannabis businesses in this current political climate. Even with that being the case, some businesses are able to figure out how to not only be profitable, but to do so without getting into hot water with the feds or local authorities.  

Others are cutting corners, cheating the system, or simply not following the rules. While they may get away with it in the short term, there’s the simple fact the crackdowns are only going to get worse and more frequent.

For those that want to run a legit cannabis business, avoid crazy fines, and really lead the pack in operating a cannabis business during this time of growth and opportunity, listen up.

We’re going to discuss 5 common, avoidable mistakes that are getting folks into...

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A Bookkeepers Guide to Cannabis Accounting

Cannabis companies are highly regulated highly complex organizations. These businesses need not only a higher level accountant and a tax professional, but they also need a bookkeeper to manage all of the day-to-day financial transactions that come with operating a cash-based business.

This webinar is not just for bookkeepers, as it is important for anyone that is on the financial team for a cannabis company to understand the roles and to be clear on everyone’s responsibilities. It is essential that Cannabis businesses have a team of financial experts including bookkeepers, tax preparers, and high-level accountants all working together to ensure all of their financial transactions are captured, recorded and reported properly. Otherwise, cannabis companies can be subject to fines and penalties, which include inaccurate record keeping. (see: Altermeds Case)

In this informative webinar, we provide a high-level overview of some of the most important tasks that a bookkeeper...

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Is It Legal to Provide Accounting Services for Cannabis Businesses?

There is a thriving need for complex and accurate accounting in the cannabis industry.

While it is already legal to sell in 30 states, cannabis is still considered a Schedule I Controlled Substance under federal law. Despite how someone may personally feel on the subject, legal cannabis is a booming business segment that has a sizable need for proper accounting practices.

But is it legal? Would the risk that comes with the territory be worth putting your business at risk?

Let’s look at some interesting statistics first:

  • Cannabis sales are growing at an incredibly fast rate, expecting to generate over $10.8 billion in sales in 2019, an incredible increase from the $2.7 billion from 2014. (Source: ArcView Market Research)
  • If Cannabis is Federally legalized by 2020, revenues are expected to reach $35 billion - three times more than the National Football League (Source: Greenwave Advisors)
  • The largest group of cannabis buyers in the world will be in North America, estimated to go...
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$78k in Accuracy Penalties for Cannabis Company for Poor Accounting and Record Keeping

IRS found that due to poor record-keeping, lack of check registers, no physical inventory counts, incorrect Cost of good sold allocations and much more caused $78k in penalties

The Tax Court in Alterman upheld the imposition of a 20% tax penalty on the taxpayer for the underpayment of the tax liability resulting from the deductions taken. Various medical and recreational marijuana practices have been legalized in the majority of the states but the last major hurdle, the Section 280E prohibition,  still keeps marijuana ultimately classified as a Schedule I controlled substance under federal law.

Attorney Henry Wykowski explains, “Nevertheless, it’s a disappointing case and illustrative of the difficulties the industry faces with many – but not all – of the judges in tax court.”

What does this mean?

Watch our Altermeds Case Review HERE to learn how you can avoid running into these issues!

If a business is operating without keeping good...

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Accountants fill a glaring gap in cannabis industry | ElevatedNation.com

Naomi Granger, CPA, MBA, co-founder of Dope CFO, has been recently featured on elevatednation.com. In the article, Granger discusses why well-trained accountants are the missing piece in helping cannabis companies conquer the complex obstacles with tax laws and ultimately stay in business.

To read more at elevatednation.com, click HERE

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Why Serving the Cannabis Industry Can Be Dope for Accountants | GoingConcern.com

In an interview with Going Concern, DOPE CFO founders Andrew Hunzicker, CPA, and Naomi Granger, CPA, explain what common cannabis accounting mistakes CEOs make and why the industry presents a huge opportunity for accounting professionals.

 To read more at GoingconCern.com, click HERE

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