Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS)

What’s new

Companies using Carta for 409A will now be additionally assessed for qualified small business eligibility at no extra cost to the company.

Certificates issued by a qualified small business as determined by Carta will have a "QSBS" tag in the product to indicate that the shares represent Qualified Small Business Stock (QSBS). The goal of these tags is help stakeholders make more informed selling decisions.

The IRC’s definition of a qualified small business is restrictive yet vague and open for interpretation at the edges, so potential holders of QSBS should consult their tax advisor before making decisions to sell and claiming the QSBS tax benefit.

How it works

Based on company-provided information during the valuations process, Carta will assess the following criteria for qualified small business eligibility:

  • Company's gross assets are $50M USD or less
  • Company is an active business
  • Company is a C-corp
  • Company does not operate in excluded industries

If a company is identified as a qualified small business, a new badge will appear in the 409A dashboard:

If a stakeholder receives a certificate from a qualified small business but hasn't yet met the 5 year holding period for QSBS, they'll see a "QSBS eligible" tag in their portfolio:

Drilling into the security, the stakeholder will see some additional information about the QSBS status of the certificate:

Stakeholders who have held shares issued by a qualified small business for 5 years will see a "QSBS" tag in their portfolio instead:

Additional Resources

For detailed information about QSBS in Carta, please refer to our QSBS support article.

Who this affects

Companies using Carta for 409A and their stakeholders.

Timing

  • Available now to 50 randomly selected 409A customers
  • General availability for all 409A customers coming in two weeks

Instant KYC for Non-Individual LPs Completing Subscription Documents

Non-individual Limited Partners who complete subscription documents on Carta can now be KYC’ed instantly.

What’s New

This release is a follow-up to our KYC for Individual LPs feature. If your fund leverages Carta’s KYC/AML service and you have non-individual Limited Partners (LPs) completing subscription documents in Carta, these LPs can now be instantly KYC’ed on the platform. Carta instantly KYCs the LP's control person and beneficial owner(s) in addition to the LP entity itself.

Carta’s instant KYC feature is made possible by Carta integrations with identity and verification databases like LexisNexis, Ekata, Socure, and more.


Limitations

  • For this release, only US-based LPs are supported for instant KYC. Future releases will extend support to non-US LPs


How it Works

  1. As an LP completes their subscription documents, non-individual LPs (for funds that avail of Carta’s KYC/AML service) will see a dedicated Know Your Customer section. Upon landing here, LPs will first be asked if their control person and beneficial owner(s) are all US persons - 





  2. If the control person and beneficial owner(s) are all US persons, then the LP will be shown forms to enter KYC information for these individual(s) -






  3. Finally, the LP is also able to upload any entity formation documents and photo IDs here:



  4. Once subscription documents are signed by the LP, the following are instantly KYC'ed: the LP entity, control person, and beneficial owner(s). If all pass KYC, this is immediately reflected in the Carta UI and General Partners are notified to countersign -


    Timing: Rolled out to all on Aug 31, 2021

    Audience: US-based Limited Partners, General Partners


Instant KYC for LPs Completing Subscription Documents

Limited Partners completing subscription documents on Carta can now be KYC’ed instantly.


What’s New

If your fund leverages Carta’s KYC/AML service and you have Limited Partners (LPs) completing subscription documents in Carta, these LPs are now instantly KYC’ed on the platform. 

Carta’s new instant KYC feature is made possible by Carta integrations with identity and verification databases like LexisNexis, Ekata, Socure, and more.


Limitations

  • For this first release, only individual (as opposed to entity) LPs are KYC’ed. Future releases will support KYC for entity (non-individual) LPs as well. This includes KYC for the LP entity, LP control person, and LP beneficial owners
  • For this first release, only US-based LPs are supported. Future releases will extend support to non-US LPs


How it Works

  1. As an LP completes their subscription documents, individual LPs (for funds that avail of Carta’s KYC/AML service), will now see a dedicated Know Your Customer section. Here, LPs can input the additionally required information for KYC -


  2. Once subscription documents are signed by the LP, the LP is instantly KYC’ed. If the LP passes KYC, this is immediately reflected in Carta and General Partners are notified to countersign -


    Timing: Rolled out to Limited Partners on July 1, 2021


    Audience: Limited Partners, General Partners

Fund performance metrics on Carta

We know how important Carta is in helping fund managers manage and track the performance of their funds. This month we've add a host of new features to help fund managers get and understand the metrics they need about their funds. 

Here's whats new:

1. New fund performance page

  • New table view with an option to 'switch to chart view'
  • Added metrics definitions and explainer tool tips
  • Period selector to allow you to easily select ‘end of’ last year, quarter, or month.
  • Traceback for very metric so you can to view the underlying source data
  • New API using Carta General Ledger for all contributions and distributions data.

Example of new Fund Performance page:

Example of traceback of TVPI metric as of 12/31/2020:


2. New Excel export:

We've added a new export on the page that includes all the metrics and details about the underlying data.


3. Support for parallel entities:

We've also added support for parallel entities (or fund families). You will be able to see all the above features at a consolidated level.


Where to find: Log in to Carta > Select a fund within your investment firm > Select the Fund performance tab

Timing: Rolled out to funds using our Fund Administration services on April 16, 2021.

Audience: General Partners, CFOs, Investment teams, Limited Partners.

Pre-filling Subscription Documents for Existing LPs

If you are an LP, you’ve felt the pain of filling out subscription documents. You go through the same long investor questionnaire with the same questions for every fund investment you make. With Carta subscription documents, now you don’t have to. 

What’s New 

Limited Partners who have already completed a subscription document on Carta can now re-use their information for future investments. They can add their subscription information in just a few clicks.


How it works

1. Limited Partners select the portfolio for the entity they are investing through

2. The form is pre-filled with information from their previous subscription. Any questions that are specific to this investment are highlighted for the Limited Partner to answer.

3. Limited partners review and confirm their information is correct.


Check out our Q1 product webinar recap blog post to see how simple the closings process will be.


Timing: Rolled out to Limited Partners on February 24, 2021

Audience: Limited Partners, General Partners

Limited Partner Onboarding flow

Limited partners now confirm that their information is accurate when viewing new investments on Carta. This will help ensure accurate information for tax season.

Who this affects

Limited partners with fund investments on Carta and funds using Carta's fund admin and LP portal products

What's new

Limited partners can now review and update their information in the onboarding flow for their fund investment. 

  • Limited partners can confirm or update their address information
  • If a new address is added, they can use that for all of their fund investments

Timing

This was released for Limited Partners on January 14, 2021

Limited Partner Settings

The new Limited Partner Settings page allows Limited Partners to control their information across fund investments on Carta.

Who this affects

Limited partners with investments into funds on Carta.

What's new

Limited Partners can now manage and share their information across fund investments. Previously, Limited Partners had to contact their fund admin or the Carta support team to update their information. Now they can update their address and other information used for taxes and distributions in Settings.

  • Limited Partners can choose to use an address for individual fund investments or apply to all investments
  • When updating an address, a Limited Partner can choose to make that their “default” address to be used for any new investments added to Carta.
  • Partners investing through multiple entities can swap between entities and assign the correct information to each fund investment.


Timing

This went live to all Limited Partners on January 6, 2021

Changes to Watermark Styling

We've listened to your feedback on watermark styling obstructing the readability of the documents and we've made a few changes to address those concerns. We'll continue to iterate on our watermarking capabilities and tools in the coming months and we are starting with the following changes.

Here's a sample document with the old watermark styling


Here's the same sample document with the new watermark styling


Specifically, we've made the following changes with this iteration:

  • Reduced opacity of the watermark text
  • Updated alignment between the rows
  • Fewer repetition

Who these changes affect?
All Carta users who choose to apply watermark on their documents. These changes will be rolling out to all users today.

Improvements to our login screen

What’s coming: We've made a few changes to our login screen to help users get access to their Carta account. We want to make sure your first interaction with Carta is clear, simple, and secure.

Who this affects: 

What’s new:

  • Added a new link to help troubleshoot log in issues and contact support.
  • Updated the show password toggle to an icon to simplify the page layout. This is consistent with our designs also on our registration page.


New log in page

Previous log in page


Material event making your 409a stale?

What’s coming: Let your employees know your 409a is out of date and their taxes may be impacted if exercising.

Who this affects: 

  • Users: Equity administrators and option holders
  • Packages: Starter, Growth, Scale, and IPO-Ready will receive this functionality.  Any customer with 409a in their subscription.

What’s better: 

Proactive, in-app communication: When enabling this functionality, all option holders, upon exercising, are shown a disclaimer that the FMV is stale and this could impact their taxes. See the full disclaimer below in “Option Holder view”.

Equity Administrator view:

Option Holder view:

Timing: Rolling out to all 409a customers on September 30th.

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