Tallie Wins 2015 CPA Practice Advisor Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Award

Tallie honored for “Tallie Expense Management Intacct Integration” at 2015 California Accounting and Business Show and Conference

LOS ANGELES, CA – June 2, 2015 – For the second year in a row, Tallie, the leading SaaS expense reports innovator, was named a distinguished winner of the 2015 CPA Practice Advisor Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Awards at the 2015 California Accounting and Business Show and Conference in Los Angeles, CA. This year, Tallie received honors for their “Tallie Expense Management Intacct Integration” – a first-of-its kind bi-directional integration that allows customers to access their Intacct entities and clients through a single set of credentials.

Now in its 12th year, the CPA Practice Advisor Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Awards honor new or recently enhanced technologies that help accounting professionals and their clients be more productive and profitable. Tallie’s Expense Management Intacct Integration supplies the first complete, shared multi-entity environment for Intacct users, and allows users of Intacct Accounting Partner or Management Consoles to access all their client accounts from a single set of credentials. This seamless integration with Intacct ultimately helps accountants streamline their workflow to minimize efforts, costs and time spent on expense management.

“We couldn’t be more honored to win this award two years running,” said Chris Farrell, co-founder and CEO of Tallie. “At Tallie, we are consistently striving to be the leading force in the accounting technology space. Winning this award not only demonstrates the quality of our work though the power of our integrations, but it also helps reaffirm our position as an industry technology leader.”

Award recipients for the CPA Practice Advisor Tax & Accounting Technology Innovation Awards are selected by CPA Practice Advisor’s editorial board and awards committee, which include thought leaders and professionals from across the country, including the publication’s Editorial Advisory Board. Board members consist of accounting and tax professionals from various sized firms across the country who are engaged in a variety of practice areas.

“In the ever-evolving world of cloud ERP software, having a financial system that seamlessly integrates with their other business applications is important to our clients,” said Scott Lumish, VP of Business Development for Intacct. “Tallie being honored with this innovation award is further proof of their focus on delivering an outstanding client experience from their mobile app all the way to our accounting system.”

As mentioned, the awards were presented on Monday evening, June 1st at the 2015 California Accounting and Business Show and Conference. The event is the largest meeting of CPAs and accounting and business executives in California in 2015, assemble over 1,700 CPAs and accounting and business executives from all over the State.

For more information on the awards, please visit: www.cpapracticeadvisor.com

About Tallie

Tallie is the leading SaaS expense management innovator and enabler of the complete cloud-based accounting ecosystem.  In close collaboration with users, CPA practitioners, and industry-leading accounting, technology, and financial partners, it has developed mobile expense report solutions for comprehensive data capture, intelligent transaction categorization, robust approval controls and seamless software integration. Tallie was recognized for technology leadership by: CPA Practice Advisor, Inc. Magazine and The Sleeter Group. www.tallie.com
About Intacct

Intacct is a leading provider of best-in-class cloud ERP software. Bringing cloud computing to finance and accounting, Intacct’s award-winning applications are the preferred financial applications for AICPA business solutions. In use by more than 8,500 organizations from startups to public companies, Intacct is designed to improve company performance and make finance more productive. Hundreds of leading CPA firms and Value Added Resellers also offer Intacct to their clients. The Intacct system includes accounting, cash management, purchasing, vendor management, financial consolidation, revenue recognition, project accounting, fund accounting, inventory management, and financial reporting applications, all delivered over the Internet via cloud computing. Intacct is headquartered in San Jose, California. For more information, please visit www.intacct.com or call 877-437-7765.

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Tallie Expense Reports – 10.6.9 Release Notes

We’re quickly approaching the second half of 2015, but the Tallie Team hasn’t slowed down one bit. We’re excited to announce some exciting product updates for our customers including enhanced Groups features, updated concatenation functionality for custom CSV exports, and improved “Print to PDF” functionality. Take a peek:

Using Groups to Control Extensive List Data

In addition to expense categories, Tallie administrators can now use Groups to limit which employees can select which Customers, Projects, Classes, Departments and Locations. This update provides further control with ease for our clients with more extensive and complex back-end setups.

How It Works: To add a Project, Class, Location, etc. to a Group, tracking for that list item must first be enabled in Tallie’s Features tab.

If a user is in more than one Group, the access restrictions are accumulative.

Example: If Group A is restricted to Class 1 & Class 2 and Group B is restricted to Class 1 & Class 3, then a person who is in Groups A & B will have access to Classes 1-3.

If a Group does not include the selection of any option for a given list item, then this is considered a non-restriction.

Example: If Group C has no listed classes, then a person who is in Group C will have access to all classes. This non-restriction does not override any restrictions in place for the other groups, so a person who is in Groups A, B & C will still only have access to Classes 1-3.

Projects Resources and Groups for Projects behave together in a subtractive way.

Example: If you’re listed in the Project People tab for Project A and B, and your group grants you access to Project B & C, you effectively only have access to Project B.

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Groups: Active List Data & Restrictions Viewing Options

From the list view, Tallie administrators can now choose to activate or deactivate the Groups they’ve created (see image). Additionally, the list view now displays all active list data restrictions (i.e. Projects, Departments, Classes, Customers, and Locations).

NOTE: If restriction for a list item is not turned on, the item label will be hidden.

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Concatenation for Custom CSV Export

We’ve expanded Tallie’s existing concatenation functionality to now work for both Custom Export and CSV templates.

How it Works: To concatenate values into a single row, simply assign the same column header to more than one row. If you need spaces between the values, insert a row with -None- for the Tallie field and a space as the fixed value, or you may also use symbols as needed.

Example: In the image below, we’re exporting a concatenated field for “Project | Class.” We can do this by applying the same column header to a row for Project Name, a row with “ | “ for the fixed value, and a row for Class. The concatenated field will populate in the first column that uses the column header.

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Print to PDF Improvements

Signature Lines are back! Based on customer feedback, we’ve brought back Signature Lines to “Print to PDF” expense reports. This feature is helpful for Tallie clients who prefer to provide their customers with signed expense reports for invoicing purposes. Signature Lines are now available for both “Print” and “Print to PDF” options.

We look forward to hearing how these upgrades have made managing your expense reports even easier! If you have any questions or comments, feel free to reach out to our Product Expert team at support@usetallie.com or by calling 888-874-1118 Ext 2.

Tallie Expense Report App: iOS v3.0 is Here!

Our team is thrilled to announce the launch of the latest Tallie iOS App (v3) on the Apple App Store. This update is packed full of new and exciting updates to boost your mobile experience.

This iOS app update is a big one – we heard your valuable feedback and addressed many of your top requests. This new Tallie iOS app is fully synchronized with the desktop Tallie experience. We are now smoother than ever and much faster to boot. We’re really proud of our new Tallie iOS 3.0 App for many reasons. Check out some of the highlights:

Add expenses quicker than ever before in Tallie.

  1. Create or Edit Mileage Expenses

Create mileage expenses by entering your beginning and ending destination. Tallie will calculate the mileage reimbursement rate for you!

  1. Add New Expenses In Seconds

Tap once to take a receipt photo. It’s as simple as that. Open the app, tap to take a photo, and submit your expenses. tallie-expense-report-mobile-ios-app-v3

  1.  Add & Edit Expense Details in App

The Tallie iOS app now offers an improved design for adding and editing expenses. Cleaner, smoother, and less clicks involved to ensure all expense details are submitted correctly.

  1. Upload Multiple Receipts At Once

Let’s say you are out on a business trip and don’t have time to immediately create your expense report. Simply snap a photo of each receipt throughout the day (even when offline) and upload them together later that night.

Tallie’s Improved iOS App Functionality

The ability to add expenses to a new or existing expense report is now easier than ever. What’s even better? We’ve improved the design of Tallie’s duplicate detection and ‘Out of Policy’ flagging features in the iOS mobile experience.

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Lastly, for Tallie customers this mobile iOS update also includes support for custom dimension names and new dimensions (ie customers, locations).

We know you’ll love these updates as much as we do. Download the latest Tallie iOS App (v3.0) today! As always, the updates don’t stop here. We are 100% committed to delivering the best expense report software solution on the market, and that’s only possible from valuable user feedback.

Wait no further – Download the latest version of Tallie iOS v3.0 now!

For our awesome Tallie Android app users – don’t worry – many of these features were launched for your back in December. However, new features are on the way!

What are your favorite new features of the latest Tallie iOS App (v3.0)? Tell us in the comments below!

Moss Adams Selects Tallie as Expense Management Solution

Moss Adams Selects Tallie as Expense Management Solution

Top 100 Accounting Firm Chooses Tallie for Its Client Accounting Services Practice

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – May 5, 2015 – Tallie, the leading SaaS expense management innovator, today announced that Moss Adams LLP, one of the largest accounting and business consulting firms in the nation, has selected Tallie’s award-winning software as the primary expense report solution for its outsourced accounting group.

“Tallie is part of the ecosystem of tools that are shaping the future of the industry,” said Larry Kammerer, Partner at Moss Adams. “Our outsourced accounting team chose Tallie because they have the expense solution that saves time and money. Tallie is an excellent business partner that helps us grow our practice and add new markets.”

“Moss Adams pioneered the way for Cloud accounting, dramatically improving the industry’s potential for innovative, specialized services,” said Chris Farrell, CEO of Tallie. “Their technological expertise, profound understanding of client needs, and emphasis on high-level financial analysis have cemented their reputation as a world-class firm. We are honored to have Moss Adams as a Tallie Key Program Partner.”

Tallie is an efficient, accurate expense reporting and management system that collects and categorizes expense data automatically, saving time and money for businesses. It automates the expense reporting process with smart features such as rapid receipt processing, auto-categorization of expenses and credit card/receipt auto-match. Clients also receive immediate policy alerts for stronger fraud prevention. Additionally, its industry-leading mobile interface, rapid automated data capture, and deep accounting and bill pay software integrations sends expense data quickly and accurately with minimal client effort or manual data entry.

The Tallie Key Program provides firms with upfront, strategic planning and ongoing dedicated support that aligns technology solutions and business strategy to maximize Business Process Outsourcing growth and performance. Tallie helps drive business growth through collaborative communication focusing on three core areas; enablement, monetization, and innovation. Using proven methodologies and best practices, Tallie enhances the trusted advisor role while achieving outstanding results for firms and their clients.

For more Tallie news, visit our press room, read our Blog, watch our video and follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Google+and YouTube.

About Tallie

Tallie is the leading SaaS expense management innovator and enabler of the complete cloud-based accounting ecosystem. In close collaboration with users, CPA practitioners, and industry-leading accounting, technology, and financial partners, it has developed mobile expense report software for comprehensive data capture, intelligent transaction categorization, robust approval controls and seamless software integration. Tallie was recognized for technology leadership by: CPA Practice Advisor, Inc. Magazine and The Sleeter Group. www.tallie.com

About Moss Adams

A leader in assurance, tax, consulting, risk management, transaction and wealth services, Moss Adams has a staff of over 2,000 that includes more than 250 partners. Moss Adams focuses on serving public, private, and not-for-profit enterprises across the nation through specialized industry and service teams. www.mossadams.com

Tallie Investor Contact:

Nick Kormeluk, Chief Operating Officer

949-500-0003

nick@tallie.com

 

Tallie Press Contact:

Marisa Hagerman, Waggener Edstrom Communications

415-547-7017

tallie@waggeneredstrom.com

Four Things You Need to Know About Deducting Business Gift Expenses

Everyone knows it’s better to give than it is to receive, right? Well, when it comes to your business, it turns out that you can do both at the same time. Just as you can expense business meals and entertainment, you may also deduct a portion of the amount you spend on gifts for colleagues, clients, and employees. There are, however, some limitations as to who you can give to, what you can give them, and how much of a deduction you can receive in return. So whether it’s a basket of holiday cookies or tickets to a Beyoncé concert, here are four things you need to know about successfully deducting business gift expenses.

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1. You can only deduct up to $25 per business gift.

We know you love your client almost as much as your client loves that gold-plated basket of pears. But as far as the IRS is concerned, you can deduct no more than $25 for each business gift per recipient for each tax year. It doesn’t matter whether you send that gift directly to your client, to their department, or to a member of their family. That $25 limit applies to everyone that may have benefited from your gift, even indirectly. However, if you send a set of gold watches to Mr. and Mrs. Smith, you will still be allowed to deduct $25 from each, provided that you have a separate (work-related) connection to each spouse.

2. You can’t deduct incidental costs.

Let’s say you’ve found that perfect gift for your IT department. While you always have the option of plopping it down in the middle of their desks unadorned, you’re probably going to want to wrap it first. Not to mention, giving gifts to partners at other companies means paying for shipping and handling. Know that in most cases, packing and mailing costs are considered “incidental,” and cannot be deducted. But if the packaging is considered to be part of the gift, like a hand-woven tote, its cost can be included in your deduction. Think the difference between wrapping paper and a decorative basket. Incidental costs may also refer to additional features that enhance the gift without substantially increasing its value–such as engraving.

3. Pens for everyone!

Certain kinds of items are considered to be exceptions to the $25 rule, and will not be counted towards your business gift expense limit. For example, you don’t need to include any widely distributed items that bear your name so long as they cost $4 or less. These small gifts most often manifest as pens, frisbees, and stickers with your company’s logo on them. Other strictly promotional items, such as signs or giant cardboard cutouts for display in your recipient’s storefront, are also not considered “gifts” for the purposes of the $25 deductible.

4. Are you not entertained?

According to the IRS, “any item that might be considered either a gift or entertainment generally will be considered entertainment.” (IRS Document 463 Ch. 3) So when in doubt, err on the side of an entertainment expense. But let’s say you give a client some tickets to an upcoming concert. If you attend the concert together, the cost of admission is automatically considered an entertainment expense. But if your client goes without you, you get to choose whether those tickets will be filed as entertainment or as a business gift expense. You are also free to change your mind about how to classify the expense, even after its been submitted to the IRS. If, after deducting the tickets as a gift, you determine that it would be more accurate (or more beneficial) to expense them as entertainment, you have three years to file an amended return.

You can keep track of all your business expenses, including business gifts, with Tallie’s award-winning expense report automation software. See how we can improve and simplify your accounting workflow FREE for 14 days – no credit card or commitment required. You can also schedule a product demo with one of our experts to help determine the best workflow for your business.

Let Us Entertain You: Tips for Deducting Your Business’s Meal and Entertainment Expenses

Taking a client out to dinner may be as common a business practice as buying a plane ticket, but deducting it can be a whole other story. Entertainment expenses, such as the cost of meals and shows, are subject to particular scrutiny from the IRS. The complicated, ambiguous rules surrounding these kinds of expenses can make it difficult for business owners to know which costs are deductible. We here at Tallie wanted to help cut through the ambiguity and give you a better idea of what qualifies as an entertainment expense, and how it can be successfully deducted.

Entertainment and meal expenses

First, the entertainment must be considered ordinary and necessary. While these terms may sound a little vague, in this case, “ordinary,” simply means that the form of entertainment is commonly practiced within your trade. A round of golf with a potential client? Sure. An extravagant dinner complete with a $600 bottle of wine? Probably not going to fly. And despite what it sounds like, “necessary,” does not actually mean that your company’s success hinges on your picking up the dinner tab–the IRS only requires that it be demonstrably helpful for your business.

Next, your expense must meet one of two tests in order to prove that the entertainment is “closely related” to work:

1. The “directly-related” test.

In order to pass this test, you need to be able to prove that “the main purpose of the combined business and entertainment was the active conduct of business.” (IRS Publication 463: Ch. 2) In other words, unless the festivities took place in a “clear business setting,” you must have had real reason to believe they’d lead to a specific benefit for your business, such as increased income, or a partnership with a new supplier.

A clear business setting can be a number of places, such as a designated booth at a convention, or even an office breakroom. Of course, there’s only so much entertainment to be had around a water cooler. For all other venues, not only must the “main purpose” of the expense be the active conduct of business, the location must be distraction free. It doesn’t matter how hard your team toiled away on those spreadsheets in the middle of the club last night–if you couldn’t hear each other over the music, it probably wasn’t a very productive meeting.

2. The “associated” test.

This test can be much easier to pass. According to the IRS, your entertainment expense may be considered deductible if it was “associated with the active conduct of your trade or business,” (IRS Publication 463: Ch. 2) AND if it occurred “directly before or after a substantial business discussion.”

How direct is directly? Essentially, the discussion (ie: meeting, negotiation, etc.) must take place on the same day as the entertainment. Exceptions can be made in extenuating circumstances–if your clients are coming in from out of town, for example, or if strict venue scheduling requires an event to take place the following evening. Whether these extenuating circumstances are approved, or whether the business discussion is deemed sufficiently substantial, is solely up to the IRS. You should always be prepared to explain how the discussion benefitted your business, as well as any working relationship with the client or business associate.

Generally, if your entertainment expenses meet the above requirements, they can be deducted for 50% of the total cost. That being said, there are a number of circumstances in which the 50% rule does not apply. If you provide food and entertainment for the general public on behalf of your business, this is considered as either advertising or a means of “promoting good will.” And, of course, if you went to the movies in your capacity as a professional film critic, the cost of admission would be considered a fully deductible business expense.

Which forms of entertainment are just plain not deductible? Well, you may not deduct the cost of leasing a facility designed exclusively for entertainment, such as a yacht or a hunting lodge. Nor can you deduct membership dues for any golf or country clubs. And when it comes to lavish or extravagant dinners, you may only deduct 50% of what the IRS determines to be a reasonable cost. If you spent $1,000 on a dinner that should only have cost you $100, you will probably only be able to deduct $50, as opposed to the full $500.

For more details, you can look to our previous post on what the IRS considers to be lavish and extravagant vs. ordinary and necessary expenses. This is especially important when deducting business gift and entertainment costs. As makers of expense report automation software, we understand it’s sometimes difficult to know which entertainment costs can be expensed and which don’t qualify. While it might be frustrating that the rules for what’s acceptable aren’t always cut and dry, just remember that common sense and frugality will go a long way.

Save valuable time with Tallie’s award-winning expense report automation software. See how we can improve your accounting workflow FREE for 14 days with no credit card or commitment required. Want some one-on-one help from our trained product experts? Schedule your free Tallie product demo today!