Bookkeeping and Accounting for App Developers

Looking for a bookkeeper and accountant for your app development business? We manage your books, so you get more time to focus on creating stellar apps. Try us for free.

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How Bench works with app developers

Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing done by experts—optimized by one powerful platform. Bench works with App developers, meeting the unique needs of your tech-focused business.

We get you set up

Our team invests the effort to gain a thorough understanding of your app development business, answer your queries, assist you in connecting your accounts, and guide you through how Bench operates.

We do your bookkeeping

Each month, your bookkeeper systematizes your app development transactions and generates financial reports. If further information is needed from your end, they'll promptly contact you.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts is proficient with tax laws relevant to the app development industry and will tailor their strategy to your business's specific requirements.

Here’s why app developers like you trust Bench with their bookkeeping and accounting

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

We'll keep you constantly informed with bookkeeping updates specific to app developers. Got urgent queries that require immediate attention? Await our response within one business day or even less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform enables you to automate data inputs from most major providers, eliminating common errors. We collaborate with vendors such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square—ensuring your financial data is always accurate, thus allowing you to focus on what you do best—app development.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Bid farewell to mountains of documentation and cumbersome manual observation—we automate inputs straight from synced accounts. Gather insights from a unified dashboard designed for app developers, making it simple to comprehend the status of your programming projects and strategize effectively.

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Bench integrates with your favorite small business tools

We sync seamlessly with your financial accounts and tools to keep your books up-to-date and save you the time and effort of manually uploading documents.

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We know bookkeeping for app developers

In the dynamic world of app development, staying on top of your financials can be demanding. Bench understands the complexities of the industry, particularly when it comes to managing income from various sources, including under and over-the-table transactions, app store commissions, in-app purchases, digital advertising revenues, and more. We deploy our bespoke software and experienced bookkeepers to help you stay on top of all revenue streams, manage expenses, invoices, and handle other bookkeeping hurdles that often trouble your industry.

Whether you're a small independent developer or a burgeoning start-up, tax compliance can be nerve-wracking. That’s why our devoted team is savvy with the industry's specific laws and tax regulations. Bench can help you take full advantage of the Research & Development (R&D) tax credits, Software as a Service (SaaS) regulations, and other available tax reliefs and exemptions. We handle your bookkeeping, prepare for tax season, and even assist you during audits, allowing you to focus on creating the next big app that will mesmerize the world. With Bench, you get the peace of mind that your financials are under control, your books are clean, and your taxes are taken care of—leaving to you the job of advancing the digital frontiers.

Simple, straightforward pricing for everything your business needs.

Get bookkeeping, tax prep, advisory, and filing with Bench's powerful, easy-to-use platform.

Choose Plan

Essential

Best for those looking for peace of mind and accurate financials done by professional bookkeepers.
$249/mo

billed annually

Dedicated bookkeeping experts
Accurate monthly books and year-end tax-ready financial packages
P&L, balance sheet and 1099 reporting
Unlimited communication with your bookkeeping team

Premium

Best for those looking for an all-in-one bookkeeping, tax advisory and income tax filing service.
$399/mo

billed annually

Everything in Essential plan
Dedicated team of licensed tax professionals to file your income tax return on time
Annual income tax filing for businesses (partnerships, S corps, C corps)
Annual income tax filing for individuals (sole proprietors, contractors)

Essential

Best for those looking for peace of mind and accurate financials done by professional bookkeepers.
$299/mo

billed monthly

Dedicated bookkeeping experts
Accurate monthly books and year-end tax-ready financial packages
P&L, balance sheet and 1099 reporting
Unlimited communication with your bookkeeping team

Premium

Best for those looking for an all-in-one bookkeeping, tax advisory and income tax filing service.
$499/mo

billed monthly

Everything in Essential plan
Dedicated team of licensed tax professionals to file your income tax return on time
Annual income tax filing for businesses (partnerships, S corps, C corps)
Annual income tax filing for individuals (sole proprietors, contractors)

Frequently Asked Questions

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As an app developer, how can I manage my finances for variable revenue streams?

As an app developer with variable revenue streams, managing finances can be complex. Here's how you can do it:

  1. Track Income Regularly: Make it a habit to consistently record your income from all different sources.
  2. Follow a Budget: Create and stick to a budget considering all your recurrent costs, potential innovation expenses as well as income projections.
  3. Set Aside for Taxes: Don't forget about taxes - allocate a portion of each payment to take care of tax obligations. Keep in mind the different tax rules applicable for each revenue source.
  4. Have a Clear Invoicing System: Ensure you have a clear invoicing system, especially when working with different clients, to facilitate smooth transactions.
  5. Hire a Professional: Consider hiring a bookkeeper or using bookkeeping software like Bench Accounting. This can free up your time to focus on your craft and ensures your finances are being managed accurately and efficiently.

Your revenue may vary, but with careful planning and professional help, you can maintain financial health and ensure your app development business thrives.

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How can bookkeeping practices help me keep track of revenue from in-app purchases and paid downloads?

Proper bookkeeping practices are essential for effectively managing the revenue generated from in-app purchases and paid downloads. Professionally handled books can itemize each transaction, providing a clear record of individual purchases and downloads. With this detailed information, it becomes much easier to track sales trends, identify best-selling items, and optimize your revenue streams.

Moreover, up-to-date bookkeeping allows for accurate financial reporting. This can prove invaluable during tax season, or when seeking investment. In summary, efficient bookkeeping can offer a comprehensive overview of your app’s financial health and profitability.

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What specific tax deductions should I be aware of as an app developer?

As an app developer, there are several specific tax deductions that you should be aware of:

  • Home Office Expenses: If you use part of your home exclusively for your work as an app developer, you may be able to claim a home office deduction.
  • Software and Hardware: You can deduct the cost of your computer, along with any software and hardware you purchase specifically for app development.
  • Professional Development: Any costs incurred for training, certifications, or classes taken to improve your skills as an app developer can be deductible.
  • Travel Expenses: If you travel for work to meet with clients, attend conferences or other business-related events, these costs can be deductible.
  • Business Insurance: If you carry any insurance for your business (like professional liability insurance), this is typically deductible.

Please consult a tax professional to ensure you're taking advantage of all available deductions for your profession.

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Does Bench outsource bookkeeping?

Nope! All bookkeeping is completed in-house.

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Will I have one point of contact?

Your bookkeeper will be your main point of contact, but at times you might hear from another member of your team. This is usually when your bookkeeper goes on vacation, is sick, or otherwise unavailable.

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How much time each month will I have to spend managing my Bench account?

We handle the bookkeeping for you but sometimes we’ll need your input, especially at year-end. On average, expect to spend 15 minutes each month answering questions for your bookkeeper, or uploading supporting docs.

Bookkeeping Services for App developers

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