Georges raises $11.2 million to automate accounting, Canopy releases tax prep software, IRS to stop faxing, Free File stripped from IRS bill, continuous testing is in the cards for the CPA exam, ATAX expands nationwide, sign-in with Apple ID is coming to QBO and Xero, and more
We dig into the latest Intuit and Xero earnings reports to figure out who is winning the battle to conquer the world of small business cloud accounting. Also, one controller used the IRS to steal $2.8M, TurboTax uses a “military discount” to trick troops into filing their taxes, Senator Warren is on the attack against Intuit, QuickBooks Live plans to scale rapidly to 500 ProAdvisors, Baltimore is held hostage by ransomware, and why blockchain is all talk in accounting (at this point, anyway).
This past week, Wolters Kluwer's CCH tax software division suffered a malware attack. In response, the company took offline a number of CCH products for 3 to 4 days, causing significant disruption to accounting firms, especially midsize and large ones. In other news, a Firm of the Future finalist firm loses a client to QuickBooks Live, the Vermont House voted for a new "cloud tax" that would tax Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), the Los Angeles City Attorney dues Intuit and H&R Block, and more.
We go in-depth on ProPublica's IRS Free File investigation that has implicated H&R Block and Intuit in misleading schemes to push taxpayers who could have gotten their taxes done for free into paid offerings. Also, follow-up on QuickBooks with Live Bookkeeping (which goes live in June), Divvy's gigantic $200 million fundraising round, OnDeck's concerns about small business credit worthiness, NetSuite's new analytics tool, why accidents like the Notre-Dame fire happen, and more
David found some more Visor reviews (they aren’t so great); how personalized service is one way traditional accounting firms can compete against these new “accounting startups;” we mourn the passing ofHenry Bloch, the “H” in H&R Block; Blake recalls his article about why there won’t be an Uber for Bookkeeping, given the upcoming QuickBooks Live offering; more on QuickBooks Advanced rate limits; now you can get next-day funding with QuickBooks Payments; TurboTax reports revenue numbers; the top 10 cities for accountants, and three ways to charge $25k to your clients
The house passed a bill permanently banning the IRS from creating its own free online tax preparation software; as cashless stores grow, so does the backlash; at least one educator is still teaching people how to use Quicken for business accounting; updates from Xero, Canopy, TaxJar, and QuickBooks; a hack for avoiding the new rate limits on QuickBooks Online, stats on how many CPA firms permit remote work and/or flexible schedules; how people who work from home are more productive; and why people have a reason to be paranoid when it comes to smart speakers
In this week’s accounting news roundup: how tax season could be extended by 5 weeks, the latest QuickBooks updates and problems with new usage limits, Louisiana gave out $26 million in extra tax refunds by accident, why you need to be concerned about tech companies offshoring your client data, Canopy laid off 40% of its workforce, and more
According to a new pricing page on the QuickBooks website, Intuit is now offering QuickBooks software plus access to “real bookkeepers to help you manage your business” for between $210 and $350 per month. Now QuickBooks customers can “Get valuable insights from unlimited one-on-one conversations with an experienced bookkeeper that knows your business.” How does it work? According to the new pricing page, "A QuickBooks Bookkeeper sets up your books via live video chat and is available for you all year long.” Blake and David discuss this breaking news and the implications for accountants, bookkeepers, and QuickBooks ProAdvisors.
Intuit’s Small Business Online Ecosystem Revenue increases 42 percent in its latest quarterly results; takeaways from QuickBooks Connect from Matt Paff and Sholto Macpherson; a new survey shows that 38 percent of employees resent when IT dictates the tech they use at work; crazy stats from the 2018 High Growth Study of professional services firms by Hinge Marketing; why blockchain won’t put accountants out of work anytime soon; and multi-factor authentication headaches