One way to prevent accounting compliance issues and streamline the process is to use high-level accounting automation. Let’s look at how automated tools like Accounting Seed help you reinvent accounting compliance automation.

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Automation: The Key to Smooth Compliance

Automated accounting, along with being on the cloud, offers more benefits to companies than ever before. Financial data as a whole is more accessible, accurate, and faster due to automating key processes. In the world of compliance, process automation is critical given the rapidness of the modern workplace and the countless opportunities for data errors and theft. There is just so much data and many ways it can be misused or corrupted. 

Automation also makes data more secure and reliable which are critical for all compliance. Automated accounting, in particular, empowers you to fully utilize and maintain your financial data to achieve key goals. 

 

How Automated Accounting Enhances Compliance

Here are a few ways automation enhances your compliance measures, no matter the specific regulations.

Greater accuracy

Automation removes a lot of the meticulous manual data entry needed for accounting. As a result, this eliminates most of the human errors surrounding data recording and documentation, ensuring financial data remains consistent and accurate. Data accuracy is critical for compliance.

Enhanced security

Regulations like Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) compliance, Making Tax Digital (MTD), and others require high-level security. This protects your and your customers’ data and also ensures that your finances are reliable. Automated security functions help protect you from internal and external data theft. This also helps enhance data accuracy by providing measures dictating how accounting data is implemented and handled.

Reduced errors

One of the biggest issues with accounting and compliance involves errors. Manual data entry can create financial mistakes that not only harm a company’s bookkeeping but also its reputation. If financial data is logged, calculated, or handled incorrectly this could breach compliance. Automated accounting can be set to remove this threat. 

Faster processing 

Click a button or schedule a bill and event and it gets done. Automation delivers faster accounting and because you don’t need to manually update accounts. Real-time data is always available and stored. This is important both for efficient financial management and a smoother auditing processes. 

Better documentation 

Accurate financial records are mandated by every form of financial compliance. Automation helps you secure faster, more reliable finances which enhances all reporting. You can also generate automated reports to ensure a consistent stream of documentation.   

Better control 

Automation gives you greater control over the data and accounting process. Besides freeing staff time, high-level automation enables you to create rules around how accounting data is processed and who can access it. You can also automate reporting factors to produce the necessary data reports needed for compliance officials.  

 

Features and Steps to Automate Compliance in Your Accounting 

With compliance, efficient accounting is only part of the equation. If you’re going to show that your financial life cycle is following regulation, you need to have internal controls in place that manage the data and work to prevent non-compliant activity. Automation can be used to accomplish this. Let’s look at how to make your accounting compliant using automation.

Automate Data Control

Some of the most important internal controls for your company’s compliance is dictating how data is cataloged in the system. You have options to create automated rules that will disallow improper data handling. You can also automate requirements for data entry, permissions, and require sequences of events. Here are some features we provide for you to easily do this:

    • Validation rules create standards for recording and handling data. Based on business logic, these rules prevent processes from being completed out of sequence or inappropriately. This is an essential tool for making your financial compliance reliable and easier to manage.
    • Workflow rules let you create and automate internal processes and procedural steps orchestrating key accounting functions. This dictates how data is logged, accessed, processed, and used

Generate Automated Reports

Frequent financial reporting is important for documenting your activities and initiatives. You can set up reports to be generated at a designated rate and for specific staff. This helps you have a consistent way to monitor accounting data and also documentation you can present auditors. These are also important for tax reporting and for maintaining general finances. Accounting Seed also provides custom report options to capture the precise accounting info you need.

Control Your Access

Security and accessibility are essential for keeping your accounting records consistent and accurate. To do this you’ll want to define the level of control staff has over the financial data. This can be done through features like user permissions and user role hierarchy. Respectively these features automatically recognize and restrict who can do what in the financial records. Role hierarchy also establishes who has elevated roles to view and change data. Similarly, you’ll want to automate an approval system so that leaders can acknowledge what’s being done and maintain a cadence on the financial lifecycle. All of these can be timestamped for record-keeping as well. 

Use Automatic Tax Calculation

Tax errors can cause significant delays and inaccuracies in your accounting. These can negatively impact your compliance with accounting standards, or at least significantly delay an audit. Avoid this by integrating Accounting Seed with an automated tax management tool like Avalara. Using Avalara, with a highly-automated accounting system like Accounting Seed, you will be able to have fully accurate tax payments along with accounting. You can literally automate your tax payments into the accounting lifecycle.  

Stop Struggling with Compliance!

Accounting automation literally takes the strain out of compliance while also helping you have stronger and more actionable financial management. It’s nothing to lose but everything to gain for the sustainability of your company. Turn compliance into an asset that no longer has the stress and pressure. Accounting Seed is here to help you own your accounting, your compliance, and give you the data needed to help you lead your organization to new heights! 

Are you looking for a flexible, automation-focused accounting platform? Sign up for a free demo with Accounting Seed or check out our Buyer’s Guide to learn about our top features. 

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