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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Harborside Case Review and Lessons for CPAs, Dispensary CEOs & Investors

Background: Harborside Marijuana Facility Runs Into Trouble

The IRS just handed down yet another decision that further cements their position on the cannabis industry and how these businesses must deal with 280e and the other tax laws that restrict them from the same benefits that most other businesses use to save money. Here’s what happened.

Harborside Health Center, owned by Patients Mutual Assistance Collective Corporation, was one of the largest dispensaries in California. This action followed an unsuccessful civil forfeiture case where the federal government wanted to force them out of their lease (citing 280e). Harborside then decided to use the government's lack of action to their advantage, which ultimately didn’t work out in their favor in the end. Harborside sold many products other than medicinal cannabis, and also offered classes and services to their clients. Based on the wide range of products and services offered, Harborside wanted to be able to make tax...

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World Class Cannabis Accounting Practice Operations and Systems

Whether you have cannabis accounting clients or are looking to specialize and service this industry, you’re going to need a special set of tools and processes. If you haven’t had a chance to check it out, we’ve created an infographic that sort of outlines all of the tools that we use to provide services to our clients. You can check out our cannabis accounting tools here.

In terms of running a thriving cannabis accounting practice, there are a number of challenges that we are faced with. Without proper systems for managing clients, it can create more trouble than it is worth, and eat into profitability.

We get a plethora of questions daily as to how to overcome the challenges that both CEOs and accounting professionals are faced with in this nascent industry that is in hyper-growth. Some challenges include:

  • Accounting software isn’t friendly to complex cannabis entity structures 
    Cannabis business structures are highly complex. Accounting...
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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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COGS and Navigating 280E for Cannabis and Their Various Entities

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We get a number of inquiries from accountants and cannabis CEOs alike who are unsure and unaware of how to navigate their accounting challenges.

 280E dictates what cannabis companies (or any company that sells… what are classified as drugs), can and cannot deduct as expenses. While many are aware of 280E few are familiar with cannabis COGS and the various rules for different entities.

In this webinar we touch on 280E and 471 and how these different tax codes affect  dispensaries, grows, and extracts.

In terms of COGS, we preview some of the tools that we use to determine the cost of growing different strands over time for our clients.

 ...and more!

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Grow Your Accounting Business by Choosing the Right Niche

After spending 10's of thousands of dollars on coaching and eduction to grow my business, the one nugget that actually helped me grow most, was finding my niche.

By doing so, I was able to:
- Double down on more focused marketing efforts
- Position myself as an expert
- Charge more for my services
- Streamline, and provide more specialized services to my clients

…and so much more.

It may seem like you will miss out on business if you only work within a niche; however, the benefits outweigh the struggle.

If you’re ready to pick a niche, check out our webinar on where we discuss the impact that our niche has had on our business, and how you too can find a profitable and sustainable niche where you can excel.

 

Check out the replay by CLICKING HERE.

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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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