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May 11 2021

5 Ways Cannabis Companies Benefit From Enhanced Controls

The strong control environments utilized by public companies in the cannabis industry provide a powerful blueprint for best practices that private cannabis companies can learn from and build on. These controls can: provide greater accountability within the organization, lower the risk of...

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Filed Under: Compliance, Business, Accounting

May 05 2021

What Cannabis Businesses Can Learn from the Harborside Inc. Case vs. the IRS

In late April, a U.S. appeals court rejected an attempt to end Section 280E of the IRS tax code by California-based cannabis company Harborside Inc.

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Filed Under: News, Compliance, Accounting

April 30 2021

Why and How the IRS Audits Cannabis Businesses

In comparison to mainstream industries, cannabis businesses have considerably greater odds of being audited by the IRS. Why the IRS prioritizes auditing the cannabis industry may come as no surprise to the majority of cannabis business owners across the US. However, we weren't aware of how...

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Filed Under: Compliance, Taxes

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

April 24 2020

Role of a Receiver and the Benefits of Receivership

This post is part 2 in a series about economic receivership. Catch up on the first part, “Receivership for Cannabis Businesses” for more information. 

  • Cannabis businesses can't file for bankruptcy; receivership is an alternative solution.
  • A "receiver" is someone appointed by the court...
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Filed Under: Compliance, Business, Finance, Accounting

November 12 2019

Leveraging Real Estate, Assets, Cannabis Licenses for Better Cash Flow

Investments in real estate, licensing fees, and partnership agreements offer the opportunity for new revenue streams – here's how. 

  • Lease a bigger space and invite other operators to open a business under your license, and use space in your location. 
  • You may not sub-license cannabis...
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Filed Under: Compliance, Licenses, Finance, Investing, Operations

November 06 2019

Can Cannabis Businesses File for Bankruptcy?

The short answer: no. But there are other options.

  • Federal regulations outlawing the sale of cannabis mean cannabis operators can’t file for bankruptcy.
  • Garvin v. Cook and the case of Way to Grow, Inc. indicate the courts won't change their mind. 
  • Cannabis and hemp operators facing...
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Filed Under: Compliance, Taxes, Finance, Operations

October 01 2019

Everything Cannabis Operators Need to Know About Form 8300

IRS Tax Form 8300 must be submitted by any business that receives $10,000 or more in cash in a single transaction or multiple related transactions.

  • The IRS has been auditing cannabis businesses that do not submit Form 8300.
  • This form needs to be filled out any time a business collects...
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Filed Under: Compliance, Taxes, Finance

September 03 2019

Managing Cannabis Employee and Contractor Payroll with Cash

The 280E regulation forces cannabis operators to pay their employees in cash – here's how to do so safely.

  • Whether members of your workforce is classified as "employee" or "contractor" impacts how you pay them and what taxes you take out.
  • Make sure every employee signs a receipt verifying...
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Filed Under: Compliance, Taxes, Finance, Operations

March 06 2019

Partnership Audit Rules for Cannabis Companies

Businesses that are structured as partnerships for federal income tax purposes have seen their audit activity increase – here's what you need to know.

  • The general rule under the new partnership audit rule is for partnerships to be taxed at the entity level.
  • Companies should factor in new...
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Filed Under: Compliance, Taxes