Use Tallie’s Expense Reports & Internal Controls to Stay IRS Compliant Year-Round

A 2014 study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners estimates that organizations lose an average of 5% revenue to fraud each year. Without strong internal controls, a company is at risk for theft, misappropriation of funds, and a major audit. Here’s how to use Tallie’s automated expense reports to prevent fraud and stay IRS compliant year-round.

Create (and automatically enforce) thorough company policies.

You cannot prevent expense fraud without first establishing clear, specific company policies. For example, you may permit employees to expense WiFi fees at a conference, but only up to $20 a day. Of course, even the most thorough policy is useless unless it’s properly enforced. Miscommunication, a lack of awareness, and ineffective management can expose a company to fraud and a potential audit.

Historically, the reinforcement of these policies has been tedious and time-consuming. Accountants had to manually respond to violations, re-educate employees about the company policy, and then wait for a corrected expense report. Now, modern expense report software eliminates the need for these manual processes.

Companies that automate internal controls not only save time and cost, but also decrease the likelihood of fraud. Tallie’s policy engine lets you create custom expense policies based on category, dollar amount, project, class and more. Any expense that violates these policies is automatically detected, and the employee is notified immediately.

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If an employee doesn’t understand why their expense was in violation, they can simply click the “Out of Policy” alert to learn more. This not only prevents unnecessary errors, but helps ensure that employees remember the company policy while making future purchases.

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Keep expense reports IRS-compliant with timely and accurate records.

IRS Publication 463 requires that your records be not only accurate, but timely:

“You should record the elements of an expense or of a business use at or near the time of the expense or use and support it with sufficient documentary evidence.”

(Publication 463, Cat. No. 11081L, Page 26)

Submitting your expense reports with Tallie satisfies both of these requirements. In the event of an audit, the IRS will expect you to provide consistent and complete records of all purchases and reimbursements, complete with legible receipts. To ensure you’re recording “sufficient documentary evidence,” we recommend using Tallie’s policy engine to require a receipt for any expense over $75, as per IRS document 463, chapter 5.

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One of the major benefits of expense report software like Tallie is the ability to throw away your receipts after you’ve captured their image. But will the IRS really accept a picture of a receipt in lieu of the original?

Believe it or not, the IRS has actually accepted electronic documents, including scanned receipts, since 1997 (IRS Revenue Procedure 97-22). In order to be considered valid, the receipt (or receipt image) must include the merchant’s name and address, the transaction date, the amount paid, and the business reason for your purchase. All of this information can be stored within Tallie for easy access in the event of an audit. No more hunting through shoeboxes!

Tallie also allows you to store your receipts within your chosen accounting system. Exports to QuickBooks Online and Intacct include your receipt images as part of an attachment to the Bill (Intacct) or Bill/Check/Expense (QuickBooks Online.)

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QuickBooks Desktop users can take advantage of our direct integration with SmartVault, where their electronic documents can be stored and retrieved on demand.

Tallie is the best expense management solution for strengthening your business’s internal controls. You create your custom policies within Tallie–we’ll automatically enforce them. Want to see how? Schedule a free, 1-on-1 product demo with one of our experts.

This April, Become an Expense Report Guru with FREE Tallie Training Webinars!

Throughout the month of April, we’re offering free weekly webinars to ensure you get the most out of our expense report software.

These webinars provide free training for users, administrators, and approvers alike. Lasting only 30 minutes, each training session is packed with information ranging from product guidance to live Q&A with Tallie Experts.

Register for a free April webinar below!

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TALLIE USER TRAINING

1. Walk through the creation of a Tallie expense report.
2. Share the tips and tricks to create your expense report in a few minutes.
3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:
Tuesday 4/7 8:30 – 9:00 am PST
Tuesday 4/14 8:30 – 9:00 am PST
Tuesday 4/21 8:30 – 9:00 am PST
Tuesday 4/28 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

APPROVER TRAINING

1. Walk through the expense report approval process within Tallie.
2. Show the expense report edit feature for specified approvers.
3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:
Thursday 4/16 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

ACCOUNTANT TRAINING

1. Provide a tour of the Tallie Accountant Portal.
2. Walk through the client account management process within the Accountant Portal.
3. Show how Tallie streamlines your accounting workflow with 1-click multi-point export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
4. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:
Thursday 4/9 8:30 – 9:00 am PST
Thursday 4/23 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING

1. Walk through how to set custom policies and approval levels within Tallie.
2. Show how Tallie streamlines your expense workflow with multi-point data export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:
Thursday 4/2 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

If you have any questions between now and your chosen training webinar, please don’t hesitate to contact our Product Expert Team directly at support@usetallie.com or 888-874-1118 Ext 2. We hope to see you there!

Tallie How-To: Cash Advance Workflow in Intacct

Tallie and Intacct offer a first-of-its kind, no-click, real-time bi-directional integration. Below is the recommended process for handling cash advances when using Tallie and Intacct. This guide covers the following:

  1. How to issue an advance in Intacct.
  2. How to create a debit memo.
  3. How to create and pay the cash advance.
  4. How to apply account adjustments before paying the bill.

1. How to issue an advance in Intacct.

Open Intacct and go to Accounts Payable.

Click the plus sign next to Advances to reveal the Create Advance Payment screen.

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Create the payment for your chosen Vendor. Make sure the payment is mapped to the appropriate clearing/holding account.

Note: If not mapped to a specific Advances account, Intacct will use the default offset GL account. You can change the default account on the Configure Accounts Payable screen (see Company > Subscriptions > Accounts Payable > Configure.) To ensure there are no errors after you click Save, be sure to choose a balance sheet account.

Depending on your Payment Request settings, your payment may need to be approved. Your accountant will first need to pay the bill for it to hit the account.

2. How to create a debit memo.

Go to Accounts Payable and click Account Adjustments.

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Click Add.

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You must make sure the following key fields are accurate:

  • The Adjustment Type is set as “Debit Memo.”
  • The Vendor is associated with the user receiving the funds. This should be the same Vendor assigned to the user under Tallie’s People > Mapping page.
  • The GL Account is the same Advance or offset GL account you mapped the advance to.
  • The Amount is the same as the cash advance amount.


Click Save to finish.

3. How to create and pay the cash advance.

After your employee spends the advance, they will submit their expense report in Tallie.

Once it’s approved, Tallie will automatically create a Bill in Intacct (see Accounts Payable / Bills.)

IMPORTANT: Do not pay the bill before completing the next step.

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4. How to apply account adjustments before paying the bill.

Go to Accounts Payable and click Select Bills to Pay.

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Now select the correct Vendor under the From Vendor drop-down. The Vendor should be a) linked to the employee in Tallie, and b) the same Vendor connected to the Debit Memo.

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After you’ve selected the appropriate Vendor, click View.

You’ll see a list of bills alongside a list of applicable credits. Apply them to the Vendor’s bills before issuing payment.

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Input the credit amount to balance.

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Once the advance is applied against the bill created by the expense report, the employee payment is ready for reimbursement.

Want to learn more about our one-of-a-kind, no-click, real-time and bi-directional integration with Intacct? Schedule a 1-on-1 product demo with one of our experts. Or take advantage of our free 14-day trials— no credit card, no obligation.

FORBES: Tallie’s Expense Report Software Selected by H&R Block Small Business

As you may have heard, H&R Block recently selected Tallie as the exclusive expense reports solution for its Small Business Services. Tallie’s automated features are set to save H&R Block’s small business clients money, as well as countless hours of time spent on expense management.

On Friday, Ben Kepes wrote an article for Forbes.com explaining why this partnership is so important for small businesses:

“The reality [used to be] that integrating discrete solutions [was] time and resource-heavy and hence impractical for SMBs. If you’re an enterprise you have an IT shop with time to create custom integrations between the different solutions you use – not so for a SMB. The result, therefore, was that SMBs generally chose a monolithic solution that had as much of their functional needs as possible. Anything else was generally resolved with paper-based processes.

The rise of the cloud has changed all that. Enabled by application programming interfaces (APIs), the building blocks that let applications be readily integrated with each other, we now have a paradigm where SMBs can chose a range of different solutions and (theoretically at least) plug them in together as they see fit – so SMBs will take a core cloud accounting product, bolt on POS, HR and expense functionality and create for themselves a highly specific solution.

. . .  H&R Block is now able to offer an automated expense management solution to their customers, and thus end the annual ritual of taking ones filing agent a shoebox full of receipts. Not only will Tallie help the “shoebox syndrome” it also offers quality-assurance functionality – duplicate and error prevention and auto-categorization of expenses for example.”

We’re thrilled to be helping so many small businesses streamline their workflow, prevent expense fraud, and integrate their entire accounting system. To learn more about what makes Tallie and H&R Block Small Business Services so special, read the full article over at Forbes.com

 Automate your expense reports with Tallie FREE for 14 days – no credit card or commitment required. Care for a walkthrough by a trained expert first? You can schedule a free Tallie product demo with one of our experts.

Tallie How-To: Cash Advance Workflow & Expense Reports in QuickBooks Desktop

Automating your expense reports with Tallie is easy. Our bi-directional integration with QuickBooks Desktop forms an intuitive and customizable expense management solution. If you are a QuickBooks Desktop user who wants to create cash advances for your employees, here is the recommended workflow. This article will cover:

  1. How to create a cash advance account in QuickBooks Desktop.
  2. How to create and pay the cash advance.
  3. How to create the credit.
  4. How to apply the credit to the expense report.

1. To create a cash advance account in QuickBooks Desktop:

Open the Lists menu and click Chart of Accounts.

Click the Account button in the lower left corner, then click New.

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Select Other Account Types, then choose Other Current Assets, then click Continue.

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Complete the details for your account (name and description.) We recommend naming it “Employee Cash Advance.”

Click Save.

2. To create and pay the cash advance:

Click on Enter Bills under the Vendors drop-down menu.

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Input the amount you want to pay your employee, then map it to the Employee Cash Advances account.

Click Save and close.

Next, click on Pay Bills under the Vendors drop-down menu.

Check the box next to your newly created bill, then click the Pay Selected Bills button to cut the check.

3. To create the credit:

Click Enter Bills under the the Vendors menu, then select the Credit button.

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Enter the amount of the cash advance, and assign it to the employee. Be sure to map it to your Employee Cash Advances account once again.

Click Save and close.

Check Your Work:  Click Lists and then Chart of Accounts.

Make sure that the Bill and Vendor Credit are both present and that the Employee Cash Advances Account has a zero balance.

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4. To apply the credit to Tallie’s exported bill:

After your employee spends the advance, they will submit their expense report in Tallie. Approve the report to export it to QuickBooks Desktop.

Open QuickBooks Desktop and click the Pay Bills icon on your Home.

Find your employee’s expenses beside their available credit.
• If your employee spent more than the total cash advance, the excess will be paid with the bill.
• If your employee spent less than the total cash advance, the remaining credits can be kept to use later.

NOTE: You may also ask the employee to pay back the difference right away. In some states, terminated employees are not legally obligated to repay any advances or loans to their ex-employers.

Check the box next to the bill, then click Set Credits.

Check the box next to the credit, then click Done.

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Now that the credit is applied, click Pay Selected Bills. The bill should now be marked as paid.

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Want to take advantage of our integration with QuickBooks Desktop? Automate your expense reports with Tallie FREE for 14 days – no credit card or commitment required. Care for a walkthrough by a trained expert first? You can schedule a free Tallie product demo with one of our experts.

This March, Become an Expense Report Guru with FREE Tallie Training Webinars!

Throughout the month of March, we’re offering free weekly webinars to ensure you get the most out of our expense report software.

These webinars provide free training for users, administrators, and approvers alike. Lasting only 30 minutes, each training session is packed with information ranging from product guidance to live Q&A with Tallie Experts.

Register for a free March webinar below!

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TALLIE USER TRAINING

1. Walk through the creation of a Tallie expense report.
2. Share the tips and tricks to create your expense report in a few minutes.
3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:
Tuesday 3/3 8:30 – 9:00 am PST
Tuesday 3/10 8:30 – 9:00 am PST
Tuesday 3/17 8:30 – 9:00 am PST
Tuesday 3/24 8:30 – 9:00 am PST
Tuesday 3/31 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

APPROVER TRAINING

1. Walk through the expense report approval process within Tallie.
2. Show the expense report edit feature for specified approvers.
3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:
Thursday 3/19 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

ACCOUNTANT TRAINING

1. Provide a tour of the Tallie Accountant Portal.
2. Walk through the client account management process within the Accountant Portal.
3. Show how Tallie streamlines your accounting workflow with 1-click multi-point export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
4. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:
Thursday 3/12 8:30 – 9:00 am PST
Thursday 3/26 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING

1. Walk through how to set custom policies and approval levels within Tallie.
2. Show how Tallie streamlines your expense workflow with multi-point data export and bi-directional accounting system integration.
3. Answer any and every Tallie question you have.

Register:
Thursday 3/5 8:30 – 9:00 am PST

If you have any questions between now and your chosen training webinar, please don’t hesitate to contact our Product Expert Team directly at support@usetallie.com or 888-874-1118 Ext 2. We hope to see you there!

Tallie & PEX Card Webinar Recap (Video Inside)

Tallie and PEX Card hosted a webinar to share a simple solution for dramatically improving the expense management workflow. We affirmed that petty cash was dead, and that Tallie & PEX Card killed it. Our solution saves money, eliminates busy work, prevents fraud, and offers total control over your expenses. Best news of all? We’ve saved the recording for you.

Listen to our CEOs discuss:

• Gaining industry-leading controls without the cost.
• The right tools & best practices to prevent expense fraud at your business.
• Replacing annoying cash advances & risky corporate cards with the smart option.

To learn more about how Tallie & PEX Card can work for your business, sign up for a personal demo.

Tallie & Intacct Webinar: Automating Expense Reports, Cloud Accounting & Zero-Click, Real-Time Integration

The future is coming, and it’s automation. Are you ready? You know that automating your expense reports with Tallie is a simple way to save time and money. Now, Intacct and Tallie have partnered to form the ideal accounting system for businesses that want to stay relevant well into the future.

Our very own Jules Carmen and Justin O’Neill gave a webinar demonstrating Tallie’s powerful, zero-click, real-time integration with Intacct. Topics included:

• Can cloud accounting really create revenue opportunities?
• Increasing ROI by the thousands every hour.
• How automating expense reports can save your firm money.
• The future of the accounting industry, and the right tools and best practices to thrive.

Want to see for yourself? Feel free to check out the webinar recording below:

VIEW OR DOWNLOAD THE SLIDES:

Try Tallie’s award-winning expense management software FREE for 14 days – no credit card or commitment required. Or, schedule your free Tallie product demo now.

Tallie Feature Support for Each Version of QuickBooks Online

Tallie is proud of our robust, bi-directional integration with all three versions of QuickBooks Online: Simple Start, Essentials, and Plus. However, just as each version of Intuit’s Cloud-based accounting software offers different features, Tallie supports these different features appropriately in each.

Here are the features supported in each version of QuickBooks Online:

 Simple Start  Essentials  Plus
 Checks  Yes  Yes  Yes
 Vendors  Yes  Yes  Yes
 Items  Yes  Yes  Yes
 Terms  Yes  Yes  Yes
 Accounts  Yes  Yes  Yes
 Purchase orders  No  Yes  Yes
 Bills  No  Yes  Yes
 Projects  No  No  Yes
 Class  No  No  Yes

 

When users try to export an unsupported feature from Tallie, they will now be prompted to upgrade their version of QuickBooks Online.

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If you have any questions about our expense report software, or our integration with QuickBooks Online, feel free to call our support team at 888- 874-1118 Ext 2. We’d be happy to help you out!

Automate your expense reports with Tallie FREE for 14 days – no credit card or commitment required. Care for a walkthrough by a trained expert first? You can schedule a free Tallie product demo with one of our experts.

HIRING: Email Marketing Intern

About Tallie

Our high-growth SaaS company is looking for a highly motivated Email Marketing Coordinator to join our team.This role offers a unique opportunity to jump into a fast-paced, energetic team and gain experience working with a variety of departments and collaborate on all types of projects.

Tallie is cloud-based business expense report automation software that streamlines the entire expense management process.

Overview

  • Looking for a team player that has familiarity/experience within Cloud/SaaS/Technology and/or Accounting/Finance (major plus)
  • Email Marketing Intern works with marketing team to create, implement, and maintain diverse email and webinar campaigns for a variety of channels.
  • Webinars and Lead Generation, including all logistics pre-, during and post-webinar follow up.
  • Content creation for variety of inbound lead channel nurturing campaigns, as well as test, measure, track and optimize your work.

Responsibilities:

  • Implement and maintain lead nurturing programs, including webinars and email marketing.
  • Coordinate webinar program, including scheduling, invitations, and personalized post-webinar follow up.
  • Maintain webinar calendar, including all logistical details.
  • Execute email marketing program, including monthly newsletter.
  • Work with Marketing Team, Hubspot, and Salesforce.com for executing campaigns and tracking results.
  • Coordinate and traffic campaign materials to partners, vendors, and internal groups, communicating specific campaign instructions and/or details by the provided due date.
  • Review partner websites and communications for changes and new opportunities.

Desired Skills:

  • Positive, enthusiastic disposition
  • Interest and/or experience in finance/accounting a huge plus
  • Highly motivated self starter with an insatiable desire to learn new things
  • Consistent ability to deliver high quality work on time
  • Excellent verbal communication
  • Strong organizational skills and detail-oriented by nature

Think you’re the perfect fit? Email a copy of your resume and cover letter to alicia@tallie.com, and a bit about why you want to join our team.

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Position Title: Email Marketing Intern

Location:  San Francisco (SOMA)

Type: Unpaid Internship