Kruze Consulting Blog: Expert Startup Accounting Advice


Accounting, Finance, HR and Tax for Startups

Hi! I'm Vanessa Kruze, CPA and I founded Kruze Consulting in 2012. Our firm handles all things Accounting, Finance, HR and Tax for over 165 startups. We love what we do! Working with so many startups helps us learn faster and spot trends in the startup ecosystem earlier. This blog shares our insights with the entire startup community. Let’s be successful together!

2017 Startup Tax Compliance Calendar

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 Posted on Sun, 15 Jan 2017 by tatianamarin

It's 2017 and time to start Tax Planning for your Startup! Don't worry, we've done all the work for you by creating customized 2017 Startup Tax Compliance Calendars for Startups based in San Francisco, New York, Palo Alto and Santa Monica.

2016 Tax Compliance Calendar for Start Ups

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 Posted on Fri, 08 Jan 2016 by scottorn

Happy New Year StartUps! Concerned about your 2016 Tax Deadlines? We've done the work for you with this complete 2016 Tax Compliance Calendar.

Every week, our startup founders ask us what they should do with the millions in funding they’ve received from their latest venture capital round. Should they invest it, and where? What banks have the highest yields on savings accounts? How can we put this money to work for our company?

Kruze Consulting is proud to announce high quality 409A Valuations at a discounted price: Seed Stage: $1,500, Series A: $2,000, Series B: $2,500, Series C: $3,000...

Kruze Consulting discusses the firm's three favorite software tools for Startup Accounting, Finance and HR on Amazon Web Service's Activate Blog.

Join.Me Features Kruze Consulting Startup Accounting Firm

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 Posted on Mon, 12 Oct 2015 by scottorn

We're thrilled that Join.Me profiled Kruze Consulting's fast growing Startup Accounting business. Our clients love our Join.Me screen sharing sessions. It makes both Kruze Consulting and our clients so much more productive. We all save time, and most importantly, it lets our clients get back to building their own startups faster!

The Recent Flurry of IRS Change of Address Notifications

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 Posted on Tue, 08 Sep 2015 by scottorn

Over the past week you may have received a Change of Address notice from the IRS. We called the IRS about this and discovered that the IRS added another line to everyone's address block (%ABCInc - see the Kruze version in the photo above). This extra line triggered a Change of Address for everyone including at least 20+ Kruze Consulting clients.

Ashish Desai of 99designs on The 1 California Podcast

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 Posted on Fri, 28 Aug 2015 by scottorn

Our new podcast series, The 1 California, is back with an interview with Ashish Desai, VP of Product at 99designs. 99designs is the best place on the Internet to find an excellent designer. You can run a contest, get tons of submissions, and then refine a few designs before choosing a winner. Or you can contact and hire a designer directly.

Clerky: A Great Tool for Startup Legal Compliance

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 Posted on Fri, 21 Aug 2015 by scottorn

At Kruze Consulting, legal compliance is a big point of emphasis. Venture capital investment rounds and even acquisition offers come together quickly and a startup should never let compliance troubles hold up a deal. When the startup CEO gets a term sheet, they should be in a position to execute the deal immediately.

Ed Aten of Merchbar on The 1 California Podcast

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 Posted on Thu, 20 Aug 2015 by scottorn

Kruze Consulting is continuing a new podcast series called The 1 California from our COO, Scott Orn. Today's episode is with Ed Aten of Merchbar. Merchbar is an exceptional mobile shopping experience for all the music merchandise fit to buy.

Dan Croak of Thoughtbot on The 1 California Podcast

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 Posted on Tue, 18 Aug 2015 by scottorn

Kruze Consulting is excited to bring you a new podcast series by Chief Operating Officer, Scott Orn. The podcast is called The 1 California and it focuses on startup life.

Does Your Startup Have What It Takes to Raise a Series A?

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 Posted on Tue, 21 Jul 2015 by scottorn

When I was a partner at Lighthouse Capital, I invested in tons of startups. I invested in startups like it was my job—because it was my job, and at Lighthouse we did our job well. So I have seen exactly what it takes to raise a Series A.

Starting July 1, 2015, all California employers must offer paid sick leave to employees. So if you don’t have a paid sick leave policy in place, you’re breaking the law. Don’t worry—we’ll show you how to get up to speed in 5 easy steps, right after we take a look at the fine print.

Fun-draising Friday: CircleUp

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 Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 by vanessakruze

Crowdfunding has become more popular than ever before. It is a great way for start-ups to raise much needed cash. One of our favorite crowdfunding companies is CircleUp. With a large helpful staff, accredited investors and great success stories, they are a great resource for any start-up. Check them out!

Startup CFO Tax Checklist: Key Dates for 2015 Taxes

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 Posted on Wed, 01 Jul 2015 by vanessakruze

As the Consulting CFO and CPA to over 70 venture backed startups, the most common question I get asked every January is, “What do we need to do about taxes? What about this Delaware Annual Filing? And SF Payroll Tax Expense?” So about this time every year I send out a customized road map to all of my clients that details everything they can expect for the coming year. I wanted to share this “cheat sheet” with you, but keep in mind that this is just a “cheat sheet.” Please reach out to me or your local CPA about tax filings that are specific to your business…because every startup is unique!