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September 14 2020

IRS Guidance on Cannabis Businesses

The IRS has clarified guidance for the cannabis industry.

  • 280E applies to all cannabis businesses no matter if the business is legal or illicit
  • Form 8300 must be filed with every transaction that is $10,000+
  • Cannabis businesses should calculate CoGS based on Internal Revenue Code 471
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Filed Under: Taxes, Finance

September 08 2020

Cannabis CPA vs Local General CPA

As tax extensions are coming due, we wanted to share some ‘insider’ thoughts about choosing a CPA to prepare your cannabis business tax returns.Over the past 45 days, our team has been increasingly getting on calls with cannabis operators that chose to go with a local, generalist CPA firm...

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Filed Under: Compliance, Taxes, Accounting

July 31 2020

SPACs in the Cannabis Industry

Special Purpose Acquisition Companies are one way to take your cannabis business public – here's how they work.

  • The SPAC pools money from investors – known as a blind pool – into the public company. 
  • The SPAC goes public, and then makes acquisitions or investments based on a...
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Filed Under: Finance, Investing

July 22 2020

How to Take Money Out of Your Cannabis Business

Here's how to draw a salary from your cannabis business – and how it impacts your business and personal taxes. 

  • How you draw a salary – and the taxes – depends on the type of entity you've set up.
  • A C-Corp cannabis venture pays taxes on any income, meaning the entity itself is...
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Filed Under: Finance, Accounting

July 02 2020

Understanding Bad Debts for Cannabis Companies

Learn some strategies for writing off bad debt, as well as how to avoid the risk to begin with. 
  • Bad debt gets recognized as a business expense when an account receivable is no longer collectible.
  • In the cannabis industry, you should never extend credit – it's simply too risky.
  • If you do...
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Filed Under: Finance, Accounting

June 18 2020

Analyze and Optimize Cannabis Cultivation Cost Per Pound

An accurate cost per pound is the basis for setting up a sustainable, profitable cannabis cultivation business. 

  • Improve the value of your cultivation business by keeping detailed SOPs for each employee's job description. 
  • Implement strong tracking systems to see the trajectory of...
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Filed Under: Finance, Accounting

June 08 2020

Financial Forecasting for Cannabis Businesses

A financial forecast is a roadmap for growing your business sustainably – here's how to build one. 

  • A financial forecast helps you to track your progress month to month and know how your business is performing compared to the plan.
  • Track variables such as seasonality, tourism, weather...
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Filed Under: Finance, Operations, Accounting