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...
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...
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...
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.
Let’s look at some interesting statistics first:
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...
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.
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.
With an influx of new businesses in the cannabis space, it is easy to get caught up in the opportunity that this burgeoning market brings. As marijuana makes it’s transition from a street drug to a medicinal substance used in various treatments, to a state-legal - yet Federally classified Schedule I drug, some investors and CEOs are making the crucial mistake of not treating their investments as businesses.
Here are some common missteps that canna-business startups can avoid, and protect their investments.