Important Note: We have updated our terms. The immediately preceding version is available here.
Effective date: March 2, 2022
This Tax Services Agreement is between the entity providing tax services indicated on the Order Form (“we”, “our”, “us”) and each business that subscribes to the Tax Preparation Services or research and development (“R&D”) Credit Services, each as defined below (“the Company”, “you”, “your”). The written order form executed by you and us (the “Order Form”) together with this Tax Services Agreement is referred to herein as the “Agreement”. The Effective Date of this Agreement is the date that the Order Form has been signed by both you and us. If the Order Form contains additional terms and conditions, then those terms and conditions govern to the extent they conflict with any term and conditions in this Tax Services Agreement.
Thank you for selecting us to assist the Company with tax services. The purpose of this Agreement is to confirm the terms of our engagement and the services we will provide.
IRS Regulation 26 C.F.R. § 301.7216-3 consent to disclosure and use:
Please note that we may perform any or all of its obligations hereunder through a third-party tax service provider or a third-party R&D tax services provider, including in each case its affiliate(s), some of which may be located outside of the United States (each service provider and its affiliates, a “Service Provider”) and/or our affiliate(s), some of which might be located outside of the United States. These Service Providers and/or our affiliates may use subcontractors, some of which may be located outside of the United States. In such event, we will remain liable to you for any nonperformance of this Agreement by us caused by an act or omission of the applicable Service Provider.
You hereby consent to (1) Pilot.com, Inc. and/or its affiliate(s) (“Pilot”) disclosing your information that is required to provide the tax services (this information is referred to in this paragraph as the “required information” and it includes, for example, your financial and business information, entity and ownership information, complete tax return(s) in Pilot’s possession, and other tax return information communicated through Pilot’s systems) to us and our affiliate(s) and/or Service Provider(s), as applicable, (2) our affiliates’ and Service Providers’ use of the required information to provide the tax services, including disclosure to, and use by, subcontractors to provide the tax services, (3) the disclosure and use of the required information outside of the United States to provide the tax services, (4) our disclosing your complete tax return(s) and other tax return information to Pilot to share it with you through Pilot’s systems and facilitate completion of your tax return(s) and (5) Pilot using your complete tax return(s) from the tax services, required information, and other tax return information communicated through Pilot’s systems to perform and improve its services, including, for example, use in bookkeeping and other services and disclosure to potential partners for evaluation purposes and service providers for processing purposes. Contact your Pilot account manager if you want to limit Pilot’s disclosures of your complete tax returns. Contact us if you want to limit disclosure of your complete tax return to Pilot. This consent is valid with respect to Pilot’s use of your information for services performance and improvement purposes for as long as Pilot has a business purpose for using the information, and with respect to other uses and disclosures until the statute of limitations to assess any tax by the Internal Revenue Service or other applicable state agency with respect to the applicable tax return has expired. If you decline to provide consent, you will not be able to use some or all of the tax services.
We shall have in place with the applicable Service Provider at all relevant times a written agreement obligating the applicable Service Provider (including its affiliates, if and as applicable) to comply with confidentiality obligations protective of all such information substantially similar to those contained in this Agreement.
Tax Preparation Services
If you purchase our tax preparation services (as reflected on your Order Form), we expect to perform the following services (the “Tax Preparation Services”):
Except as specifically provided, this engagement and the Tax Preparation Services do not include any returns other than income tax returns (including without limitation sales or use tax returns) and do not extend to determining the Company’s filing requirements or nexus in any particular taxing jurisdiction. We may be able to assist you in the preparation of these filings, if you request. This request must be in writing by the Company, and accepted in writing by us, and will then be deemed added to the Order Form and be subject to this Agreement. Please note there are substantial governmental penalties and personal liability for noncompliance.
We and the Service Provider must use judgment in resolving questions where the tax law is unclear, or where there may be conflicts between the taxing authorities’ interpretations of the law and other supportable positions. We and the Service Provider will apply the “more likely than not” reliance standard when communicating positions to you to resolve such issues, other than with respect to R&D tax credits (where we and the Service Provider will follow the results of the R&D study provided by you or on your behalf), in order to avoid penalties that might be assessed against the Service Provider as a return preparer. As a condition of receiving Tax Preparation Services, you agree to honor our reasonable directions and those of the Service Provider regarding disclosure of return positions to avoid or mitigate penalties.
In the course of the Tax Preparation Services, it may come to your or our attention that you may need to file tax returns in one or more additional jurisdictions, including foreign jurisdictions. While we will advise you if this comes to our attention, you remain solely responsible for identifying all filings for which you are seeking Tax Preparation Services, including any liability and additional expenses resulting from choosing not to prepare and file any tax returns, tax forms, and/or supporting schedules (whether recommended by us or not). You must inform us of any new or expanded activities that could trigger filing requirements in additional state(s) or country(ies), such as the acquisition of property or the hiring of employees or use of independent contractors in a new state or country. Activities of a partnership, LLC, trust or other pass-through entity in which you are an owner or beneficiary may also trigger additional state and/or foreign tax filings, so you must inform us if you have acquired an interest in a new pass-through entity over the past year. We will not file any Commerce Department reports or surveys for the Company.
Management is responsible for ensuring proper recording of transactions in the accounts, safeguarding assets, and for the substantial accuracy of the financial records. Because you have final responsibility for the tax returns, you should review them carefully before you sign and file them. Your returns may be audited by the taxing authorities. Any proposed adjustments may be subject to appeal.
Because of the special purpose, nature and format, income tax returns do not constitute financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. The tax returns should be used only for income tax purposes and must not be used as a substitute for financial statements.
US citizens and residents and certain nonresidents who have a financial interest in or signature or other authority over any “financial accounts” in a foreign country are required to make a separate filing if the aggregate value of these accounts exceeds $10,000 at any time during the year. Filing requirements also apply to those with direct or indirect control over a foreign or domestic entity with foreign financial accounts, even if the taxpayer does not have foreign financial accounts of its own. We are able to assist you in the preparation of these foreign filings. You are responsible for identifying the need for these filings, and they will be part of the Tax Preparation Services if ordered by you, either initially or by following the process for “as needed” additional services. Please note there are substantial IRS and other governmental penalties for noncompliance.
R&D Credit Services
If you purchase our R&D tax credit services (as reflected on your Order Form), we will provide the following services (“R&D Credit Services”):
We and the Service Provider must use judgment in resolving questions where the tax law is unclear, or where there may be conflicts between the taxing authorities’ interpretations of the law and other supportable positions. We and the Service Provider will apply the “more likely than not” reliance standard to resolve such issues in order to avoid penalties that might be assessed against the Service Provider as a return preparer. As a condition of receiving R&D Credit Services, you agree to honor our reasonable directions and those of the Service Provider regarding disclosure of return positions to avoid or mitigate penalties.
The Company is responsible for ensuring proper recording of transactions in the accounts and for the substantial accuracy of the financial records. Because you have final responsibility for the tax returns, you should review them carefully before you sign and file them.
There is no guarantee that the taxing authorities will accept such your R&D activities as qualifying R&D activities or that the tax authorities will approve all of your R&D expenditures as qualifying R&D expenditures. Additionally, your returns may be audited by the taxing authorities. Any proposed adjustments may be subject to appeal.
We or the Service Provider will retain copies of the records you have supplied to us along with work papers for your engagement for a period of seven years from the original due date of the applicable return. Please notify us within this period if you need copies of any of these materials. After seven years, work papers and engagement files will be destroyed. Your original records will be returned to you at the end of this engagement. Working papers and files that we or the Service Provider maintain are not a substitute for your original records, and you should arrange for secure storage of the originals.
Our fees for these services are as set forth in the Order Form.
Tax Preparation Services
With respect to Tax Preparation Services, our services includes filing the following tax returns for the Company:
If you notify us in writing that there are additional state income tax returns, foreign shareholders owning greater than 25%, foreign financial accounts, or changes in accounting methods, additional fees will apply.
R&D Credit Services
With respect to R&D Credit Services, we will require an initial payment as set forth in the Order Form. This initial payment is generally non-refundable; however, we will provide a partial or full (as detailed below) refund of your initial payment in the following circumstances:
There is, however, no guarantee that the taxing authorities will accept such your R&D activities as qualifying R&D activities or that the tax authorities will approve all of your R&D expenditures as qualifying R&D expenditures.
We collect payments for the Tax Preparation Services and R&D Credit Services automatically via ACH. Fees are exclusive of taxes, which you are responsible for, if applicable. You hereby authorize Pilot or its payment processor to initiate entries to your business bank checking account on file with Pilot (using your business address on file) in order to pay amounts that you owe to us, and, if necessary, to initiate adjustments for any transactions credited or debited in error. You represent that you have authority to bind the organization that owns the bank account and to authorize these transactions to the bank account. This bank account payment authorization will remain in effect until you notify Pilot in writing to cancel it in such time as to afford Pilot and the bank reasonable opportunity to act on it. We may immediately suspend provision of the Tax Preparation Services and/or R&D Credit Services if your account is past due. Except to the extent expressly set forth herein, all payments are non-refundable and non-creditable.
You retain the right to terminate the Tax Preparation Services or R&D Credit Services upon written notice to us at any time, and we retain the right to resign at any time upon written notice to you. If we resign, we will provide you with a full refund of any amount prepaid for terminated Tax Preparation Services or R&D Credit Services that have not yet been rendered.
OUR (INCLUDING OUR AFFILIATES) AND EACH SERVICE PROVIDER’S CUMULATIVE LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES ARISING OUT OF OR RELATING IN ANY MANNER TO THE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES OR THIS AGREEMENT SHALL IN NO EVENT EXCEED THE TOTAL FEES PAID TO US (OR TO SUCH SERVICE PROVIDER, AS APPLICABLE) FOR THE SERVICES AND OUR WORK PRODUCTS GIVING RISE TO LIABILITY. WE (INCLUDING OUR AFFILIATES) AND THE SERVICE PROVIDERS ARE NOT LIABLE FOR ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: (A) INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES; OR (B) DAMAGES RELATING TO LOSS OF USE, DATA, BUSINESS, REVENUES, OR PROFITS. THE ABOVE LIMITATIONS APPLY EVEN IF WE (INCLUDING OUR AFFILIATES) OR THE SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE BEEN ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. THIS AGREEMENT SETS FORTH OUR (INCLUDING OUR AFFILIATES) ENTIRE LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THE TAX PREPARATION SERVICES AND/OR THE R&D CREDIT SERVICES, AS APPLICABLE.
The Company agrees to indemnify, and hold harmless, us, each Service Provider and each of our and their officers, directors, employees, affiliates and agents for any liabilities, damages, expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs), costs and/or losses incurred in connection with (a) any financial liability for penalties or interest resulting from misinformation or misdirection originating from Company or failure by Company to timely provide required information, sign e-file forms or make necessary payments and/or (b) any third party claims or other legal or regulatory action or proceeding involving or relating to the Tax Preparation Services, R&D Credit Services or this Agreement. With respect to any action or proceeding in which we are not a party, the Company shall indemnify, and hold harmless, us, each Service Provider and each of our and their officers, directors, employees, affiliates, and agents for all costs and expenses (including reasonable attorney’s fees and costs) associated with providing testimony, documents or information relating to the Tax Preparation Services and/or R&D Credit Services, including any time expended at our (or an applicable Service Provider’s) then standard rates.
We and the Company, to the extent permitted by applicable law, each knowingly, voluntarily and intentionally waives the right to a trial by jury in any action arising out of or relating to this Agreement, the Tax Preparation Services or the R&D Credit Services to be performed by us pursuant hereto. This waiver applies to any action or legal proceeding whether sounding in contract, tort, negligence or otherwise. This Agreement and all claims relating to the relationship between the parties are governed by the laws of California, U.S.A, excluding California’s conflict of laws rules. You agree that any action arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the Service shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in the Northern District of California, and you hereby consent and submit to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purposes of litigating any such action.
This Agreement incorporates by reference the Non-Disclosure Agreement provided to you at https://www.pilot.com/terms/nda. At your request, we will execute an additional copy of the Non-Disclosure Agreement for your records. The Non-Disclosure Agreement applies mutatis mutandis to the parties of this Agreement. If this Agreement is between you and an entity providing tax services that is not Pilot, Pilot and its affiliates are third party beneficiaries to the Non-Disclosure Agreement.
If this Agreement is between you and Pilot, this Agreement incorporates by reference the Pilot Privacy Statement provided to you at https://www.pilot.com/terms/privacy. This Agreement incorporates by reference Sections 5.2, 6, 8, 10, 11, and 12 of the Pilot Subscription Agreement provided to you at https://pilot.com/terms (the “PSA Sections”). The PSA Sections apply mutatis mutandis to the parties of this Agreement. If this Agreement is between you and an entity providing tax services that is not Pilot, Pilot and its affiliates are third party beneficiaries to the PSA Sections. In addition, if this Agreement is between you and an entity providing tax services that is not Pilot, Pilot and its affiliates is are third party beneficiaries to this Agreement.
This Agreement constitutes the entire agreement between you and us with respect to its subject matter, and supersedes any and all prior agreements, discussions, negotiations and offers.
If one or more of the provisions contained in this Agreement is held invalid, illegal or unenforceable in any respect by any court of competent jurisdiction, such holding will not impair the validity, legality, or enforceability of the remaining provisions.
You may not assign this Agreement, or your rights or obligations under it, in whole or in part. We may freely assign this Agreement, or its rights or obligations under it, in whole or in part.
We provide certain tax services on a tax year subscription basis, and aligning the term of such services with your tax year leads to operational efficiency. Therefore, if the start date of your subscription to tax services provided on a tax-year basis differs from the start date of your most recent tax year, you authorize us to adjust the start date of your subscription to align it to the start date of your tax year, with a corresponding adjustment of billing dates.