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If you're in NYC, you might have seen TaxDrop pitch at fantastic events - TechCrunch Disrupt to Microsoft in Times Square. These events are great because we can pitch to real consumers and connect with renowned advisors/investors. So far on our journey, we've had help from influencers across the startup space: Ian McNish (a founding member of LinkedIn and 500 Startups Mentor), Murat Aktihanoglu (Partner at New York's ERA Accelerator), our advisor Andrew Hill (Harvard Business School startup advisor), a handful of founders who have had successful exits, and with equal importance-- YOU!
TaxDrop is proud to announce that we have made it to the interview round for one of New York's top startup accelerators, Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator (ERA). With hard work and perseverance, we hope to report back to you with updates from the other side (post-Republic company updates), immersed in this high energy and inspiring environment to take TaxDrop to the next level.
Located in New York City, ERA provides participant companies with an intensive four-month program with the goal of helping early-stage companies progress rapidly into exciting, viable, venture-scalable businesses.
Each accepted company receives an initial $100,000 investment and the potential for follow-on funding from ERA’s Fund. All accepted companies are required to locate in-house for the program’s duration in our midtown offices.
ERA companies also receive the partner and sponsor benefits listed below:
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We are only $13,850 away from our minimum goal which we want to exceed, but wanted to first thank all TaxDrop investors thus far! You've posed great questions and provided tremendous support. Your encouragement fuels our mission.
Less tax documents for you to handle = More for you to look forward to!
We are always exploring how to reduce the consumer burden during tax-time and we believe integrating Plaid into the TaxDrop app will do exactly that! Big fintech companies from Venmo to TransferWise run on Plaid to securely and easily connect with users' bank accounts. With TaxDrop receiving transactions automatically, we'll be able to scan for everything that could be tax deductible.
TaxDrop is also exploring options to gather your tax documents for you so you're really living a hands-free tax season! That ten minutes on the TaxDrop app is only getting shorter and shorter. Updates to come...
If you're in the Chicago area, tune into WGN Radio (WGN AM 720) tomorrow at 1 PM CST for the weekend "Startup Showcase with Scott Kitun" featuring TaxDrop!
You can also catch TaxDrop on WGNradio.com where the interview with TaxDrop CEO Alice Cheng will stream live.
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Firstly, thank you to all TaxDrop investors who have helped us reach over 50% in just a week! This quick milestone has fueled our excitement and we look forward to a successful tax season in 2018. Among those who invested so far are:
This is a really exciting time to be in financial services with all the change and innovation happening in fintech. Complicated by ever-changing regulations, tax and accounting is headed for a major makeover.
So much money, but most importantly time, is spent on this annual repetitive process that so desperately needs the touch of machine learning. Future developments will include connecting bank accounts to TaxDrop, so expenses can be auto-populated into tax software. With Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, key numbers may be auto-extracted from scanned tax documents and populated into the tax software, making TaxDrop scalable.
With billions being spent on data entry alone, TaxDrop is targeting the massive preparation costs that preparers bill hourly for or are substantially increased by salaried workers hired for data entry. The TaxDrop solution increases the profit gap and relieves accounting talent for value-adding services.
As explained in the discussion thread, there are many reasons for choosing the $8M valuation cap. This is cap does not suggest TaxDrop’s current valuation, which will be determined in the near future. TaxDrop’s proprietary software as it grows will become essential to disrupting the tax industry and may take on a B2B model, licensing the auto-population tool to existing tax firms to reduce costs of tax prep. Such a tool would be equally valued internationally as would be with US preparers—all tax preparers no matter which country face high cost and time burdens of manual data entry and all taxpayers would save time no longer digging for a multitude of receipts and tax documents.
Every year, 137 million people struggle to sort out documents needed for their tax returns. The tax code is complicated, convoluted, and confusing – that’s why an estimated 59.2% of Americans chose to enroll the help of a tax professional.
Self-filing software feels like self-diagnosing yourself via webMD instead of seeing a real doctor. The error rate for self-prepared returns is up to 28x greater than for paid-prepared returns.
Consumers face two major hurdles when utilizing tax help: CPA and legal services’ web portals are tedious, and many tax preparers are unlicensed and unqualified to do their jobs.
Welcome to efficiency. The first to seek true automation when filing taxes, TaxDrop doesn’t just make it easier to self-file or only more efficient for the preparer. It’s a step towards the real solution.
1. Snap photos of your tax docs. You have a W-2 form? Take a picture of that. Loan documents? That too. You can snap a pic of anything, no matter if it’s a form received in the mail or online (screenshots are okay!).
2. Fill out your profile (once). This is basic information that you already have on hand: current address, marital status, dependents, etc.
3. Send to TaxDrop. You’re done! One of TaxDrop’s CPAs will reach out if they need more info – virtually through a secured portal – all for your peace of mind.
The industry grew over 2% between 2010 and 2015; faster growth is expected.
TaxDrop is well positioned to capture substantial market share and grow fast. Our focus is on making the client’s tax experience as comfortable and seamless as possible, which all consumers are rooting for.
Investing in TaxDrop moves consumer experience with taxes towards automation and artificial intelligence.
Our short-term vision is to make TaxDrop intelligent enough to scan your bank accounts, receipts, and tax documents to pull income and deductions real-time with CPA supervision, so you’ll know your refund before tax returns are due and withhold tax more precisely during the year.
You won’t even know your tax returns are being prepared, because what is tax season?
We offer our service on a pay-per-use basis, with three pricing models to better serve the market segments.
In this early phase, TaxDrop aims to reach 3000 clients by 2018, at an average estimated fee of $200 per client. To push market adoption, we are going to follow two tracks:
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Suddenly, all expenses that users forgot they incurred throughout the year are being utilized to cut down tax liability, and they wouldn’t even need to lift a finger.
Easy button to send off the little things that add up
We are always looking for ways to cut down total time spent on the consumer side.
TaxDrop plans to use OCR technology and AI to identify and automatically populate the tax return, leaving the human talent for the review process. As TaxDrop connects to bank accounts and scans tax documents received, key numbers and information will be extracted, reorganized and populated into the tax software.
It is no doubt that repetitive processes in any market or industry are being overtaken by automation and machine intelligence. TaxDrop encourages this efficiency and strives to be at the forefront of that innovation. A hybrid between self-filing and a CPA manually completing returns, in ten years’ time, we could even be working directly with the federal government to get your tax returns and refunds processed faster and more efficiently.
Alice Cheng – Certified Public Accountant
“I graduated from Rutgers University in 2015 and passed all CPA exams within 3 months after graduation, becoming a licensed CPA in NY State.
Right before that, I got invaluable experience at Deloitte, initially in enterprise services in 2013 and later moving to the famed tax department, and then quickly growing to become a Deloitte international tax consultant.
That’s when I got the idea to solve the issue of filing taxes for busy people who don’t have the time or patience to deal with tax returns (as I found out, the majority of people).
My friends who were in medical school or even finance professionals all felt lost when it came to taxes. During my days at Deloitte and my accounting practice back in college, I saw firsthand how inefficient the current process of using a paid-preparer is: clients would call to see when the next available appointment could be that also matched their schedules, they’d show up with a bag of receipts and papers only to be sent home when told the firm didn’t offer receipt organization services.
Most tax prep staff sat at a computer entering numbers in the tax software and constantly checking to see if it was entered right. All these inefficiencies could have easily been helped by everything TaxDrop offers today.”
We know the current taxprep system needs a lot of work and we know how to fix it. Help us accomplish our mission to connect taxpayers to the taxpros in the most efficient way.
Name on our contributors Thank You page + TaxDrop t-shirt
$150 TaxDrop Credit + Thank You page + TaxDrop t-shirt
$250 TaxDrop Credit + Thank You page + TaxDrop t-shirt
$500 TaxDrop Credit with VIP express tax prep, core team personally overseeing your account + Thank You page + TaxDrop t-shirt
Join Alice for Lunch in NYC +$500 investment perk
Invite-Only TaxDrop Investors Reception + $1000 investment perk
Dinner with the Founder in NYC + $5,000 investment perk
A Day Behind-the-Scenes with TaxDrop + $10,000 investment perk
A seat on the TaxDrop advisory board + $25,000 investment perk
TaxDrop is a mobile app where users snap pics of tax documents, upload, and a licensed CPA prepares your tax return, getting you out of tax season in minutes.
TaxDrop assigns a TaxDrop CPA to you. All are licensed CPAs and qualified to prepare your tax returns. We provide the quality, you provide the tax docs.
Yes, because TaxDrop is not self-preparation software so you're not doing the work! In roughly 10 minutes, you are done with the 4 easy steps in the app: snapping pics of tax documents, user profile, a short questionnaire for tax planning, bank info for your refund to auto-deposit.
TaxDrop is available for download on the App Store. From finance to medical professionals, our current customers find themselves relieved of their tax return burden and their questions answered by a CPA.
TaxDrop is not self-prep software (think TurboTax) and only uses licensed CPAs to prepare your tax return. Building off the current app offered today, it is our short-term plan to create a truly automated tax season. When your tax documents and bank accounts are connected and scanned by OCR and AI technology, your return can be automatically populated and reviewed by the CPA (think a machine diagnosing your illness, followed by confirmation by your actual Doctor).
Turns out consumers are already paying a decent sum for their tax returns, from TurboTax to human preparers. TaxDrop offers competitive pricing, but the most important asset saved is the consumer's time.
Certified Public Accountant. The license is awarded to accountants who pass all 4 sections of the CPA exam, graduate with 150 relevant credits in accounting, and complete various hours of practice in public accounting (depending on the state of licensure). Continuing education credits are necessary to maintain the license each year.
Currently, Alice serves as the only TaxDrop tax preparer. As TaxDrop prepares to scale, the plan is to expand the team of in-house CPAs or use contracted CPAs, depending on what funding allows.
While we would love to, that isn't in our budget for product development. You can arrange for a 1:1 call or video chat with the Founder instead.
TaxDrop successfully raised $70,000 from 160 investors on November 1, 2017
Filing taxes is annoying. For busy entrepreneurs like me solutions like TaxDrop are a major win.Philip Arthur MooreInvested 3 months ago
I believe in the founder and the idea. It's a great way to connect the younger working class with a solution to their tax needs!Andrew WuInvested 3 months ago
I, understand you can not due taxes on your own you need professionals to help you with thisBrooks RuppeInvested 3 months ago
I believe that human+machine is the future.Hemant ChoudharyInvested 3 months ago
I believe this is a product with great potential growth and is being offered by a driven individualLee DickinsonInvested 3 months ago
I love TaxDrop!Nancy YangInvested 3 months ago
Having worked in both the domestic & international fields of tax prep, planning and shelters for over 50 years, can see enormous possibilities in your planned operation. Invested $100 for starters.Robert SchmidtInvested 3 months ago
I believe in the platform and the concept.Justin O'ConnellInvested 3 months ago
You know how they say there are only two certainty in life: death and taxes. Well, TaxDrop certainly brings death to the dreaded tax season.Wilson TsaiInvested 3 months ago
They better become mainstream.Umid RInvested 3 months ago
I believe everyone will need this service.David CarterInvested 3 months ago
I believe that people hate doing their taxes and this is something that we make our lives easier. Let's face it, we can't get out of doing our taxes, unless you're Donald Trump!Gurpreet SidhuInvested 3 months ago
The concept as presented seemed sound and there are already paying customers.Mel ClarkInvested 3 months ago
New concept with first mover advantagesDaniel McKeonInvested 4 months ago
Tax and life are synonymous. I am hoping of better ROI from this life-easing tech VC that caters on tax returns of ones life's work.Benjamin ValleInvested 4 months ago
I am looking for an efficient way to make filing and paying taxes easy. I have had my run-ins with the IRS, and don't wish those upon anyone.Kevin BeckInvested 4 months ago
I'm a former international tax lawyer, was a director at a Big4 and I understand the value of the product. I also have a good gut feel about the founder.Varelie CroesInvested 5 months ago
I think it disrupts traditional Tax management and help people to handle their tax bills by themselvesYasser AljarbouInvested 5 months ago
I think it's a brilliant ideaMarissa GloverInvested 5 months ago
My tax situation already calls for more than TurboTax can offer. Glad to invest in a service I plan to use anyway, everyone wins!Curt SquiresInvested 5 months ago
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