Bookkeeping and Accounting for Software Engineers

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How Bench works with software engineers

Experience seamless bookkeeping, income tax prep, and filing tackled by experts—supported by one robust platform. Bench collaboratively works with software engineers.

We get you set up

Our team invests the time to thoroughly comprehend your software engineering business, respond to your inquiries, aid you in connecting your accounts, and demonstrate how Bench functions with your operations.

We do your bookkeeping

Each month, your designated bookkeeper sorts out your software engineering transactions and generates accurate financial reports. If they require further information from you, they'll promptly reach out.

We deliver tax-ready financials

Our team of experts understands taxation for software engineers and will tailor their approach to your specific requirements.

Here’s why software engineers like you trust Bench with their bookkeeping and accounting

Get fast, unlimited support from our expert advisors

Our team will frequently provide you with bookkeeping updates tailored to your software engineering business. Got urgent queries that simply can't hold off? You can count on us to respond within one business day or even less.

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Guaranteed accuracy in every detail

Our platform seamlessly integrates with your operation codes, automating data inputs from leading providers to mitigate common errors. We're partnered with tech giants such as Gusto, Stripe, Shopify, and Square, ensuring your finances are always precise—making Bench the ideal choice for software engineers.

See where you’re spending. Make smart decisions

Wave farewell to endless lines of code and laborious manual tracking—we automate entries directly from your linked accounts. Gain insights from a single central dashboard so you can effortlessly understand the health of your software engineering business and make critical 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 software engineers

In the fast-paced world of software engineering, where innovation is king, it is essential to have a bookkeeping service that can keep up. Bench's online bookkeeping service caters specifically to unique needs of this industry. Our expert team understands the financial complexities that come with software development, including R&D tax credits, expensing software costs, and dealing with various state sales taxes on software subscriptions. We ensure your books accurately reflect your financial position, enabling you to make data-driven decisions and focus on creating the next big software breakthrough.

Handling taxes can be tricky especially given the specific laws that govern the software engineering industry—we've got you covered. No longer do you have to worry about industry-specific tax laws, the implications of SRED credits, or the subtleties of capitalizing software development costs. The partnership of Bench's intuitive software and dedicated human bookkeepers takes the stress out of tax season. Our team is constantly up-to-date, ensuring you are compliant with the latest regulations and taking advantage of all available tax benefits. By leaving the bookkeeping to Bench, software engineers can focus on what they do best: developing innovative software solutions.

Simple, straightforward pricing for everything your business needs.

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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 a software engineer, what kind of tax deductions can I claim?

As a software engineer, there’s a good chance you’re eligible for a number of tax deductions which could significantly reduce the amount of tax you have to pay each year. A few deductible expenses might include:

<ul><li>Home office expenses - if you work from home, you can claim deduction charges for the proportion of your home used as an office.</li><li>Education expenses - ongoing professional development or certification costs can sometimes be tax deductible.</li><li>Equipment costs - costs associated with the purchase of necessary hardware & software, and their ongoing maintenance.</li><li>Travel expenses - if you're required to travel for work, these expenses can also be tax deductibles.</li></ul>

Remember, this is a generalized list and actual deductions might vary based upon individual scenarios. Consult with a tax professional or a bookkeeper to understand what specific deductions apply to you.

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How can I correctly manage my income from various project contracts for my income tax return?

Managing income from various project contracts for your income tax return can be a complex task but it's certainly doable. Here are some key tips:

  • Record Keeping: It's essential to have a well-organized system for recording your income from each project contract throughout the year. This includes saving copies of contracts, invoices, and proof of payment.
  • Separating Personal and Business Finances: Having separate bank accounts for personal and business income and expenses will simplify tracking your income.
  • Work with a Professional: Working with a bookkeeper experienced in project-based income can help ensure accuracy and compliance with tax laws. Bench Accounting offers expert bookkeeping services tailored to your needs.

Remember, accurate income management is vital for e an accurate income tax return. It's always advisable to seek professional tax advice for your specific situation.

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What is the best way to track and categorize my expenses as a software engineer?

The best way for software engineers to track and categorize their expenses is through the use of sophisticated bookkeeping and accounting software. These tools not only ease the process of tracking and categorizing expenses, but also provide elaborate reports that can aid in understanding and managing your finances better. Such software often provides facilities to scan receipts, auto categorize expenses based on previous data, generate tax calculation reports, and much more.

At Bench, our professional bookkeepers use proprietary software to accurately categorize and record all your business transactions. They're constantly available for questions and custom categorizations that best suit your needs as a software engineer. We streamline your bookkeeping tasks so you can focus more on your work and less on the paperwork.

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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 Software engineers

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