Bookkeeping and Accounting for Museum Curators

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How Bench works with museum curators

Keep your focus on preserving and presenting cultural artefacts, let us handle the numbers. Get your bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing executed by specialists—empowered by one potent platform. Bench aligns seamlessly with museum curators.

We get you set up

Our team makes it a priority to extensively understand the unique needs of your curatorial work, answer your queries, assist you in connecting your accounts, and demonstrate how Bench can streamline your operations.

We do your bookkeeping

Each month, your bookkeeper systematically arranges your museum's financial transactions and prepares insightful financial statements. If they require any additional information from you, they'll promptly get in touch.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts is knowledgeable about tax regulations specific to the museum sector and will tailor their approach to your curatorship's unique requirements.

Here’s why museum curators like you trust Bench with their bookkeeping and accounting

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

We'll consistently provide you with updates about your museum's financial records. Have urgent inquiries that simply cannot hold? We'll ensure to respond in under one business day.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform enables you to streamline data inputs from most major providers, eliminating typical errors. We link up with suppliers such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square — so your museum's financial records remain seamless and precise.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Say goodbye to mountains of financial documentation and manual bookkeeping metres deep—we automate inputs directly from your linked accounts, right here at Bench Accounting. Enjoy a comprehensive view from one central dashboard, making it effortless for you understand your museum's financial standing and make strategic decisions.

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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 museum curators

Understanding the financial nuances of running a museum can be a complex task. With philanthropic donations, tax-exempt statuses, collection acquisitions, and day-to-day operational costs, bookkeeping issues regularly arise for museum curators. Moreover, curators also need to navigate industry-specific taxes and laws. Bench steps in to simplify this process. Our cutting-edge software combined with our team of seasoned bookkeepers, assure the intricacies of your museum accounting are handled accurately and conveniently, giving you more time to focus on the core work of curating.

Our team not only brings a human touch to bookkeeping but also deep understanding of laws related to museum operations, including tax laws around non-profit status and donation receipts. Whether you need help managing donation income, handling the costs of preservation, allocating funds appropriately, dealing with ticket sales, or tracking grants, Bench can streamline your bookkeeping. Plus, when tax season hits, we’ll work with you to identify all the tax deductions you're entitled to, ensuring your taxes are filed correctly and punctually. Bench delivers an ideal solution, allowing curators to focus more on the preservation and education they provide to the community.

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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How can Bench Accounting help manage the unique financial needs of a museum curator?

At Bench Accounting, we understand that museum curators juggle a unique set of financial tasks including artifacts acquisition, funding applications, budgeting for exhibitions, and more. Our professional bookkeeping service can help manage these tasks more effectively. We offer tailored bookkeeping solutions to help you track your finances, prepare financial reports, manage payroll, budget for exhibitions and maintain financial compliance. With Bench Accounting, you get a dedicated team of experts who understand the specific financial needs of museum curators and can work with you to organize and simplify your financial management processes.

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What specific bookkeeping practices would you suggest for managing museum acquisitions and donations?

Managing museum acquisitions and donations requires unique bookkeeping practices to ensure accuracy and compliance. Here are some specific practices we suggest:

  • Donation Tracking: It's vital to have a systematic approach to track all donations, whether they are monetary or in the form of art pieces. Maintaining detailed records including donor information, donation value, and date can assist in compliance with tax laws and auditing processes.
  • Asset Management: Acquisitions become assets to the museum, and thus it's important to record their value accurately. In addition, these assets need to be depreciated over time and this depreciation must be recorded as a part of financial statements.
  • Expense Management: Tracking expenses associated with acquisition and maintenance of collections is also critical. These could include purchase costs, restoration expenses or costs related to insurance and storage.
  • Grant Accounting: Museums often receive grants for acquisitions. It's important to manage these grants separately to ensure compliance with the grant's terms and conditions.

Given the unique needs of museum accounting, it would be beneficial to consider professional bookkeeping services to ensure accuracy and regulatory compliance.

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Can Bench Accounting handle the complexities of grant and endowment fund accounting typically associated with museum operations?

Yes, Bench Accounting has a team of skilled bookkeepers that have extensive experience in handling the complexities of grant and endowment fund accounting typically associated with museum operations. We understand the unique accounting needs of this industry and are well-equipped to manage your financial books accordingly. Our services are catered to your needs, ensuring accurate and timely reporting to help you make informed decisions for your organization.

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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 Museum curators

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