Leveraging R&D Credits and Depreciation for Cannabis Clients

Portrait of Bryan McDonald
McDonald

CPAMD's Bryan McDonald shows clients how to start off on the right foot.

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

How a cannabis company is structured can have huge tax implications – and getting companies set up correctly, from the get-go, is what Bryan McDonald does when he starts working with a cannabis client.

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As he said, “How you form your entity is really key. It is much more difficult to do that later in the life of a cannabis company.”
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Cannabis Lights Up Midterm Ballots

State CPA societies shift into high gear.

By Liz Gold
cannabizcpa.pro

Voters across the United States showed their support for cannabis during the 2018 midterms, with three states approving new markets and more than a handful of new governors who support the industry.

In addition, Democrats were able to take over the House of Representatives, which tips the scales more in favor of easing some of the liabilities many cannabusinesses face.

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‘Genius Accountant’ Helps Cannabiz Clients Manage Effectively

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Mizar

Lind Mizar specializes in helping clients problem-solve around cash management

By Liz Gold
CannaBizCPA.Pro

Cannabis businesses aren’t getting the justice they deserve as it relates to their financial needs.

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“We need to educate more accountants,” says Lind Mizar, MBA and founder of Genius Accountant in Tualatin, Oregon. “There are a lot of firms out there that say they help but they don’t.”
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5 CPA Opportunities with Cannabis Clients

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Haller

From Kevin Haller, who is helping cannabusinesses build their empires.

By Liz Gold
cannabizcpa.pro

As an accountant looking to work with cannabis clients, one thing is certain – make absolutely sure you understand what you are getting into.

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According to Kevin Haller, CPA and chair of Petrinovich Pugh & Company’s Cannabis Practice Group, accountants who want to get into the cannabis industry should consider these three key things:

  • establish an onboarding process (which should include background checks),
  • convey your expertise and support for the industry through your website and
  • get involved in the cannabis community.

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Squar Milner Takes on Cannabis in California and Beyond

Goral

"Every one of my cannabis clients needs multiple services and I think that’s what got people excited."

By Liz Gold
CannabizCPA.PRO

When Mike Goral joined Squar Milner in January, he was brought on to start the firm’s cannabis practice. Headquartered in Newport Beach, Calif., Squar Milner has approximately $100 million in revenue and is ranked as one of the top 50 accounting firms in the U.S. with 10 locations throughout California and the Cayman Islands.

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Led by Goral, a state and local tax specialist for more than 20 years, the firm’s cannabis practice has 35 team members working with cannabis startups.
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Bruce Jolliff: Jumping into Cannabis Head First

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Jolliff

“I want to help these people save money on taxes, so they can use it to build their business.”

By Liz Gold
CannabizCPA.Pro

Bruce Jolliff is turning his attention to cannabis clients.

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A CPA and a forensic accountant who spends a majority of time providing outsourced controller and CFO services, Jolliff is jumping head first into cannabis. And he’s ready.
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Dope CFO Levels Up Its Offerings

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Granger

The key factors firing up interest in the not new marijuana niche.

By Liz Gold
cannabizcpa.pro

Naomi Granger, CPA, MBA, took a leap of faith and it paid off. And it’s still paying off.

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With more than 12 years of public accounting experience, working her way up the ranks to senior management at PwC, Granger wanted more. She wanted flexibility and ownership of her time and schedule. So, she started researching how to start a remote accounting practice.
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Marcum LLP: Moving Forward in Cannabis with Confidence

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Rosen

The firm is open about its new services group.

By Liz Gold
cannabizcpa.pro

Legal recreational cannabis is coming to New Jersey – as soon as this year. And when it does, hundreds of millions of dollars in potential tax revenues will start flowing to the state beginning in 2020.

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Marcum LLP is ready.
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True Diversity Means Creating Equity

Woman opens door to find brick wall behind itWho is trying to get in the room but can’t?

By Liz Gold
in From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide

So, we know you can’t just put the diversity and inclusion phrase on marketing materials and call it good. There needs to be some substance behind the claim.

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Part of that substance includes looking at the word “equity” and considering how you can provide equitable opportunities and growth potential to every individual in your firm.
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Mark Guiley Oversees New Cannabis Niche

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Guiley

The firm talked to its insurance company first.

By Liz Gold
cannabizcpa.pro

Mark Guiley is a tax manager at Isler CPA in Eugene, Oregon. And he’s the point person for the firm’s newly budding cannabis practice.

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Though cannabis has been legal in Oregon since 2014, the firm recently decided to start serving cannabis clients late last year.
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Cannabis Trends: What CPAs Need to Know for 2018 and Beyond

Booming new niche where opportunity meets complexity.

Walsh

By Liz Gold
cannabizcpa.pro

Cannabis startup costs are on the rise, as cultivators, vertically integrated retailers and laboratories are spending upwards of $1 million just to launch, making the sector as potentially treacherous as it is potentially lucrative for many tax and accounting firms on the leading edge of the booming new industry.

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The budding industry is confounded by differing regulatory models emerging nationally for both medical marijuana and adult use programs. But it’s clear – those cannabusinesses that are succeeding have help. More accountants are moving into the cannabis space, helping clients develop a sound financial infrastructure, a regular accounting and bookkeeping process and a solid understanding of IRS Tax Code 280E.

That said, there is so much up in the air.

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A Legacy of Leadership Must Extend to Diversity

Latina businesswoman using earpiece with businessmen in backgroundOpportunity needs to be available to everyone.

By Liz Gold
in From Success to Significance: The Radical CPA Guide

Though it is slowly changing, most accounting firms are traditional in the sense that they are still owned and managed by white, Baby Boomer-aged men wearing nice suits and ties. It’s been the go-to standard for decades. Slowly, I would argue, more hoodies and hip sneakers are taking over the suits, as is common in startup culture, but this obviously depends on the firm and its customers.

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And while technology may be changing at the speed of light, firm processes are getting more streamlined and even more firms are looking to value pricing because they just understand the limitations of timesheets, change also needs to be happening from a talent and business development perspective.
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Creating More Diversity in Accounting Firm Leadership

Donny C Shimamoto, CPA CITP IntrapriseTechKnowlogies
Shimamoto,

A Q&A With Donny C. Shimamoto, CPA, CITP, CGMA, and managing director of IntrapriseTechKnowlogies LLC. 

By Liz Gold

Liz Gold: Do you think the profession is getting better in terms of more people of color in leadership positions? Why or why not?

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Donny Shimamoto: The profession is getting a little better, but there is a distinct lack of Asian-American professionals in leadership positions in the AICPA volunteer ranks.
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