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
We dig into the Botkeeper website, press coverage about the firm, the CEO’s public statements, and review sites to try and figure out what exactly Botkeeper claims to be, and how significantly that differs from the reality, which includes a team of offshore accountants in the Philippines doing much of the work. Also, a discussion of Intuit’s earnings, Avalara’s latest AI acquisition, new limits in QuickBooks Online, and more cloud accounting news.
Blake and David are back from QuickBooks Connect and ready to catch up on the news, including the results from two surveys of accounting firms published recently in Accounting Today. The gist: Accountants in public are feeling plenty of pressure to keep up with technology changes and figure out how to differentiate themselves from the competition. Also, Intuit’s incoming CEO Sasan Goodarzi has come out swinging, telling the Silicon Valley Business Journal that he thinks QuickBooks has a huge opportunity to win the mid-market from Sage Intacct and Oracle NetSuite with their new QuickBooks Online Advanced. Meanwhile, Sage has chosen CFO Steve Hare to become their new CEO rather than choosing an outsider with “SaaS in their veins,” as had was expected.