Revamped Employee Onboarding Experience

Employees registering their account on Carta for the first time can now provide their personal information as part of the onboarding process to complete their user profile. 

Who this affects?

Employees who have been issued ISO/NSO option grants or Restricted Stock Units and are registering with Carta for the first time. 

What’s new?

With an objective to provide insightful experiences, we’ve revamped the employee onboarding process to allow users to complete their user profile. Every employee registering with Carta for the first time to accept their first RSU or ISO/NSO option grant will now have the ability to provide the following information:

  • Personal details such as name, date of birth and country of citizenship 
  • Tax ID 
  • Address

Capturing these details upfront allows employees to be transaction ready for events such as exercising.

 

After successfully completing their user profile details, users will be directed to the Tasks page where they can accept their security.  

Timing

  • Available now to 20% of randomly selected Carta customers 
  • General availability for all Carta customers coming by the end of Q2

Investor Services Security Update: Requiring 2FA in 2022

Starting in May 2022, we will require that all Carta accounts have two-factor authentication (2FA), also known as Multi-factor authentication (MFA) enabled. Investor Services customers should confirm all of their team members have personal accounts properly provisioned and secured with MFA/2FA as soon as possible. 


Why MFA/2FA?

MFA is the industry standard for software companies, like Carta, that store sensitive identity and financial information.

What does this mean for me? 

As we make this change, all accounts need to be associated with a single person’s name. 

If there are multiple people at your organization accessing Carta with the same email and password, you need to take action.  

If you’re not sure, click here for instructions on checking or updating the name on your account.

How can I create accounts for other individuals on my team?

You can add people on the people page of each account by following these steps.

If you are unsure about how to set up access for other members of your team, please reach out to our support team at investorservices@carta.com. 

Why can’t we use two-factor authentication with shared login credentials?

We cannot send MFA/2FA codes to multiple people at once. 

Critically: resetting MFA/2FA can only be done for a person’s individual account. If a team member needs to reset MFA/2FA without a backup code, they will need to get in touch with our team and present a photo ID that matches the name on the account. 

How do I get this process started? 

Our Investor Services support team is happy to help you with this process. Reach out to them directly at: investorservices@carta.com. 

Why is this being required?

A password on its own gives you poor protection from hackers. They can steal them from other insecure websites or via malware, and people often reuse the same password for many accounts or choose passwords that hackers can easily guess. Carta is adding this additional security to protect your account from social engineering, phishing, and other related attacks.

Thank you for being a Carta customer, and we look forward to answering any questions you might have about this change. 

Redesigned Capital Call Request Tool

What’s new?

Previously, our capital call request tool only allowed General Partners (GPs) to request capital from all investors in the fund regardless of their close date. Starting today, GPs can use the redesigned tool to: 

  • Make pro-rata capital calls from their existing investor base
  • Call capital from subsequent close investors 

Additionally, GPs will be able to view a list of all their newly closed investors, as well as any investors whose commitments have increased or decreased since the last capital call. The capital call amounts to be called from these investors will be auto-calculated by the tool for the GP to review. 

How it works

  1. There are two ways you can request a capital call. You can navigate to the Firm Management Page or through the capital calls tab in the fund page. 
  2. Select the type of capital call you would like to request:

    1. Pro Rata capital calls is an improved version of our capital call tool. Input a capital call dollar or percentage amount, followed by call details, and go through the final review step before initiating your capital call.
    2. Subsequent Close capital calls will list out investors who are new and those with changed commitments since the last capital call. You will have an optional text box for additional notes, capital call details, and a final review before initiating your capital call.

Who this affects

This is available for all fund administration customers who are on the Carta General Ledger.

What’s next?

We’ll be expanding the tool’s functionality to handle more complex scenarios, such as calling additional capital from both new and existing investors in the fund. We also plan to embed the PDF notices at the review step to give GPs the option to start the capital call without further approvals.



New Updated User Roles

Soon, Carta customers will start seeing an expanded set of Roles to help you reflect the different individuals who are handling different aspects of Cap Table management.

For now, users assigned to new roles will serve as point of contact for their areas. Over time, these individuals will see updated experiences and be guided to relevant Carta tools.

To see this experience, Navigate to "Company > Permissions and Roles > Roles"

Portfolio Overview Redesign

Users with holdings in private and public companies can now view their holdings details directly from the Portfolio screen for easy access.

Who this affects?

Shareholders with holdings in private and public companies.

What’s new?

With an objective to provide insightful experiences, we’ve redesigned the Portfolio Overview screen to surface important holding details for each company. This redesign introduces usability enhancements by eliminating extra clicks and effort required to find the information needed to view and understand equity. 

We know things like the quantity of option grants, vesting schedule, and values of securities are some of the most important metrics to have top of my mind when reviewing your portfolio. In the Portfolio Overview, each private company card will now present the following information with the ability to view further details when clicked:

  • Details of your holdings in each company and their vesting schedule 
  • Summary of your securities
  • Current FMV if you have holdings in the company or have exercisable options 
  • A vesting progress bar highlighting the number of options exercised in comparison to the amount granted 

Each public company card will now present the following information with the ability to view further details by clicking on the company name:

  • Market Value
  • Total number of shares held
  • Total holdings value
  • Net holdings value

Carta Web now has Section 6039: Form 3922 tax form generation

What's new? 

Carta Web now supports the generation of Form 3922 for Employee Stock Purchase Plans in the Company Administrator view. Companies that would normally have access to the Compliance tab, can now request access to Section 6039 from their Customer Success Managers. Form 3922 forms are due to stakeholder portfolios by January 31, 2022. By enabling this functionality in Carta Web, administrators are now in control of the Form 3922 generation and distribution, similar to Form 3921 for Incentive Stock Option Exercises.

NOTE: This feature can be enabled upon request from companies that have an Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

From the IRS:

Corporations file this form (3922) for each transfer of the legal title of a share of stock acquired by the employee pursuant to the employee's exercise of an option granted under an employee stock purchase plan and described in section 423(c) (where the exercise price is less than 100% of the value of the stock on the date of grant, or is not fixed or determinable on the date of grant).

How to Use

  1. To generate Form 3922, navigate to Compliance > Section 6039.
    NOTE: TCC is not required to generate Form 3922 Copy B for employees.
     
  2. Click Generate.
     
  3. Select the Effective Year of the report.
     
  4. Review any missing information, check off the box to confirm company data, then click Next: add contact info. If any information is missing, complete the information, then return to this stage.
     
  • If Company tax data is not complete:

    1. Navigate to Company > Settings.
    2. Click into the Profile tab.
    3. Enter Tax ID, TCC (required to generate Copy A, but not required for Copy B) and address.

  • If Stakeholder tax details are not complete, update missing data under the Stakeholder details tab of the same Form 3922 page

    1. The names, addresses, and SSNs can be edited individually by clicking Edit to the right of the stakeholder’s row.
    2. The stakeholder details can also be updated in bulk via Stakeholders > All stakeholders page. Review these instructions to bulk update stakeholder details.

 

5. If the missing data was entered in, return to the Compliance > Section 6039 page and click Generate to click through the steps to proceed and add company contact information. The company contact is formatted into the electronic Copy A .txt file that will be uploaded to the IRS site.


Click Generate Form 3922 to begin the generation of the files.

 

6. Refresh the page after some time if you see a spinning wheel or navigate away and return later.

 

7. Once generated, click Download reports for the tax year to download a .zip file to your local drive that contains all necessary data for Copy A (efile), and Copy B (statements).

 

The .zip file will be split out into the following three files:

  • efile will be a specially formatted electronic .txt file.
    NOTE: Do not edit this file. Only download and upload to the IRS FIRE site. If any data needs to be updated, repeat the initial steps for the same filing tax year to regenerate the reports and download the updated files.
     
  • statements should be delivered to all holders who acquired stock through an ESPP by the January 31st deadline and can be delivered electronically on Carta by clicking the link to Deliver participant statements

 

For any filing questions, contact your tax advisor. 


Who this affects

Public and Private Market companies with an ESPP. 

Timing

This feature can be enabled on demand by reaching out to our support team or Customer Success Managers.

What's Next

The product team will be enhancing Form 3921 functionality to bring it more in line with the new Section 6039 admin experience.   

Improved Public Exercising Experience

Option exercising with Public companies is now easier than ever. 

The exercising experience for public companies has been improved. The exercise request is now a coherent workflow guiding users through each step and providing key information about the exercise. With this detail, users can be more confident with their selection at each step of the exercise request. If there are issues with the exercise, clearer banners explain how Carta calculates share amounts and market prices.


Who this affects: 🇺🇸 Public US companies

What's new:

  • New experience for exercise requests:

    • Added explanations of exercise transaction methods
    • Clearer confirmation of address and payout method
    • Improved order details with indicators on maximum eligible options and clear explanation of order types
    • Incorporated review of taxes withheld and reminder of potential for additional taxes owed at end of the year
    • Summarized the exercise request clearly laying out the cost and transaction details so users understand what will be needed 
  • Cashless exercising reflects issuer imposed trade limits

Action required: No action required

Timing: Released to 100% of all public companies on Jan 24, 2022

Pre-filled W-9s in LP Closings Tool

What's New

LPs subscribing to Funds and SPVs using Carta's Closings Tool can now E-Sign a pre-filled W-9 while filling out subscription documents. 

Having LPs submit a tax form is an important part of the closings process for any Fund or SPV to ensure tax teams correctly prepare LP K-1s. We received feedback from LPs about the friction of printing, signing, and uploading W-9s and wanted to streamline the process.

How it Works

For Individuals

For U.S. based LPs subscribing as an Individual, we can now optionally pre-fill a W-9 for them to review and E-sign in just three clicks. The W-9 is pre-filled based on the information the LP already provided as part of their subscription. 

For Partnerships and LLCs

For LPs subscribing as a partnership or through a LLC we'll ask some additional questions to ensure we are accurately representing the LPs federal tax classification on the W9.

With the initial release of this product we will not be pre-filling W-8s or W-8BEN-Es for non-US LPs but will still allow them to upload their own form.

Who this affects

This is now available to any LPs using Carta's Closings Tool. The Closings Tool gives LPs a quick and easy way to fill out Fund and SPV subscription documents. 

Funds Can Now Review and Request SOI Updates in-App

What’s new?

Valuation updates can now be submitted directly in Carta!

We kicked off EoY reporting by launching Schedule of Investments (SOI) review emails with in-app flows for Fund Managers approve their valuations, markup their investments, or request other updates right in Carta. This is the first step in a set of functionality for making the quarterly and annual reporting process easier than ever.


How it works:

Rather than Fund Admins having to comb through investment valuations for every entity and curate one-off email threads with Fund Managers to ask for reviews and updates, they can now kickoff these emails with just a few clicks in Carta, and easily track where each entity is in the reporting process.

Fund Managers will be sent a link to their SOI for review and approval, where they can approve on the spot or request changes directly in app. For markups or markdowns, they can go through a fully in-app flow to complete the updates. They no longer need to go download their SOIs and itemize every change through email, to send back to their Fund Admin.

Any approvals or requests for changes will automatically be queued for Fund Admins to review and push through, while markups and markdowns that pass health checks will push through updates directly and be routed to Carta's Deal Docs team, so they can review and catalogue supporting documentation.


Who does this impact?

Fund Admins now have quicker, more efficient ways to send out SOIs to kickoff financial reporting, and track where each of their entities are in the process. They can spend less time keeping track of multiple email threads and keeping mental lists of which assets are ready to go and which need to updated.

Fund Managers can also view their SOIs by fund and directly request changes at any time, within Carta as needed, ensuring asset valuations are up to date throughout the year.


What’s next?

The team is working to add more in-app methods for funds to easily to keep their investment valuations up to date, such as note conversions, further reducing the time delays from back and forth emails, and ensuring better expediency and accuracy for valuation updates. 

IFRS Initial Release - Financial Reporting

What’s new

Companies using our newest version of the financial reporting tool can now report following International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). 

This is the first release of our IFRS reporting that includes:
1. Tranche based valuations
2. FIN28 amortization
3. Correct relationship valuation methodology (differs from US GAAP)
4. Stakeholder country field added to reports
5. Disclosures
6. Stock-based compensation expense journal entry
7. Report error validations specific to IFRS reporting

Later releases will include:
1. In-app custom assumption overrides
2. Forfeiture rate by grouping

How it works

When going to create a new expense scenario, there is now an additional step where users can select which reporting standard they want that scenario to follow. Users have the ability to create multiple scenarios to support both IFRS and US GAAP.

Once the scenario is created users can create both SBC expense reports and disclosure reports that follow the standard and give supporting calculations. 

Who this affects

Private and public companies using our new financial reporting tool. 

Timing

Available for legacy V1 IFRS users and beta customers. If you have a customer that is interested in being a beta user, reach out to Jess Carthey via slack. 

GA will begin with the second release which includes in-app custom assumptions. 

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