On-demand educational content for employees with Tax Advisory

What's new

Employees who have access to Carta Tax Advisory through their employer now have access to on-demand educational content in their Carta portfolio. As an employee, you have the ability to re-watch your company’s recorded webinar, as well as view chapters of key concepts about your equity. The video chapters cover topics such as exercising your option, selling your options and other important topics.


Who this affects

This feature is available to employees who have access to Carta Tax Advisory through their employer. Employees will be able to view their company's recorded webinar once it has been completed.

Where to find it

As an employee, navigate to the Learn section of the Tax Advice page in your Carta portfolio. If you have any additional questions, please schedule a session with an Equity Tax Advisor.

Third Party Audit Partner Portal has Launched

What's new?

Carta has empowered our audit partners by creating an audit partner portal that will house all relevant documents to successfully complete a fund audit. 

We have launched this portal to make it easier to organize and streamline responses to questions and requests from auditors which historically have taken time and effort to consolidate.

What’s important or valuable about this change?

Audit Partners will have one location to go to find all of our documents. Fund administrators can easily organize and check for outstanding documents. This will save time and effort for auditors and fund administrators, making the end-of-year easier for our customers by proxy.

Documents that will now be added to this list include:

  • Formation Documents / General Docs

    • LPA
    • EIN Confirmation
    • Formation Certificate
  • Partners’ Equity

    • Subdocs
    • W8/W9
    • Investor Side Letters
    • Transfers docs
  • Executed Investment Documents (Deal Docs Team)

    • Certificate of Formation / Incorporation 
    • Stock Purchase or Closing Volume, Convertible Promissory Note, Sub Doc
    • Most recent cap table
  • Bank Statements
  • Invoices missing from Journal Entries
  • Management fee and interest calculations

Fund administrators will add these to the portal or request them from customers when appropriate. 

What do I need to do?

Generally, you do not need to do anything as this will affect third -party audit partners for the most part. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure that this offering is as strong as possible:

  1. Ensure that you have selected an audit partner for your end-of-year needs.
  2. Send all of your audit-related documents (see list above) to your fund administrator. You can do this by uploading them in the app, or sending them to your FA via email.
  3. Work with both your audit partner and your fund admin on questions about these documents over the course of the end-of-year audit process. 

How do I learn more or get help?

You can ask your fund administrator or your audit partner if you have any questions. However, it is important to know that this predominantly affects your audit partner, not you as the customer. 

Have additional questions about this or are you curious about what your tax and audit partner will do this end-of-year season? Check out our VC Tax and Audit Support Article here

Performance Metrics are Now Available on Capital Account Statements

What's new?

Carta is thrilled to announce performance metrics can now be shown on the capital account statement. Fund preparers now have the ability to include performance metrics including TVPI, DPI, RVPI, and Net IRR.

What’s important or valuable about this change?

Institutional investors will use this as they require these metrics for their ILPA reports. This feature brings fund preparers one step closer to being ILPA compliant. Additionally, this streamlines access to these metrics for multiple stakeholders including customers, auditors, LPs, and more.

Depending on their strategy, users can toggle these on or off from their statements. 

What do I need to do?

You can activate this offering in seconds!

Step 1: Add it to your financial reporting template

Performance metrics on the PCAP will be auto-defaulted to be ‘off’ but can be turned on by navigating to Firm settings > Financial Reporting > Templates. From there you can create a new template or edit an existing one. On the investor’s capital page, you will have the option to include performance metrics on the capital account statements by checking the box highlighted in red.

Step 2: Review it in the financial statements

Once added to the template, preparers will go to create their next financial package. They will have performance metrics at the bottom of the capital account statements. Customers, LPs, and other stakeholders will have access to these metrics in a centralized way.

Please find a visual walkthrough of these steps below.

 

 

See example below:

Contact your account manager or fund administrator for more information or questions.

Dilution Report (Public Markets)

What’s new? 

Public company administrators can now run a Dilution Report to help them calculate their company’s diluted earnings per share (EPS). The Dilution Report will contain the simple and weighted average of common stock outstanding (WASO), the number of incremental shares, the average trading price for common shares, and supporting information for all calculations. This feature will simplify diluted EPS calculations and help public companies meet their diluted EPS reporting requirement for their quarterly income statements.  

How does it work?

To calculate diluted EPS, an Issuer will need the WASO and shares outstanding (new common shares issued at conversion - repurchased shares) for the reporting period in question. The Issuer will calculate its own net income, preferred dividends, and after-tax cost of interest. 

Note: * denotes fields not provided by Carta

After logging into their Carta accounts, public company administrators can navigate to the Financial Reporting section of their profile to generate a new Dilution Report for a desired reporting period. Dilution reports are only available for periods that begin on or after an Issuer’s IPO date.


After the report is generated, the administrator can download an Excel file which includes calculated values for simple and weighted average of common shares outstanding, the number of incremental shares, the average trading price for common shares, and supporting information. The file also includes an “Errors” tab to flag any data issues that should be resolved to produce an accurate report.

Simplify diluted earnings per share calculations to meet quarterly reporting requirements for public companies

With the Dilution Report, public company administrators can:

  • Save time and reduce the work required to calculate WASO and shares outstanding to meet public company reporting requirements;
  • Customize the diluted EPS reporting period as needed;
  • Use Carta’s calculations to verify their own calculations as a sanity check; and
  • Understand if there are any data discrepancies that need to be addressed. 


Start using the Dilution Report now!

Do you need additional help in using the Dilution Report? Refer to this support article for more information. For further assistance, reach out to Carta’s Financial Reporting team at 718@carta.com

Capital Activity Tool

What's new?

Capital calls and distributions have historically been completed via communications directly with your fund admin outside of Carta’s Platform. This system led to potential delays due to a lack of transparency and tracking capabilities. 

Carta has now launched the new and improved Capital Activity Tool. This combines capital calls and distributions on Carta’s platform, enabling your fund admin to complete your requests easily from within while maintaining transparency and communications with you and your stakeholders.

What’s important or valuable about this change? 

Carta has reworked our capital call and distribution processes to streamline your capital to get it to where it needs to go as quickly as possible. 

 The new capital activity tool does the following:

  • Combines capital calls and distributions under one tab for your fund admin team 
  • Handles complex net events where LPs are being called and distributed value at the same time
  • Allows for distributions to use the same in-app GP approval flow that cap calls use
  • Allows for distributions to use the same pro rata math to auto-populate figures that cap calls have
  • Adds itemization support (bucketing) so journals and cap call notices can detail how much of a cap call is for expenses, fees, and more
  • Calls outside commitment are now supported 
  • Cap calls can use dynamic fields for notice building (previously distributions only)
  • The support section is now customizable on notices
  • Progress (LPs paid) figures are now accurate 
  • Tracks partial amounts from LPs

With this new infrastructure, Carta will start adding features at a high velocity. Stay tuned for improvements to in-kind support, notice customization, scheduled LP reminders, sub-close interest, and more.


What do I need to do?

Ready to use the new tool? We have launched with several test customers and are currently collecting results.


How do I learn more or get help?

Please refer to these screenshots for a sneak peek. 

You can now select from a menu of options in the Capital Activity Tool, including:

  • Capital Calls
  • Subsequent Close Call
  • Distribution
  • Custom Event 


Add a due date and the contribution event easily.


You can now select from a variety of buckets for your capital activity and decide how to allocate across investors. 



Granular data entry allows you to make sure you call and distribute the correct amount for each stakeholder. 



Track all of your capital activity in one easy location. 

Tagging portfolio companies within firm investment view

What’s new? 

We’ve improved our investment tagging feature so you can easily categorize, filter, and view your investments by industry, geography, and more.

Investment tagging allows you to enter any custom KPI attached to your portfolio companies so you can personalize the information on the Investments tab of your fund dashboard. Plus, you can now easily view the performance of your investments based on KPI. 


How it works 

Category refers to the classification, like industry, while tag refers to the type of classification, like fintech.  

To apply a new tag, edit an existing tag, or create a new category, navigate to your Overview tab, then click Investments. Select “+” next to the investment you’d like to personalize.

To add a new category or a new tag (not already in the dropdown), click Manage All Tags & Categories.

To add a new category, select the dropdown next to Categories and click + Add New. Enter the category, and select Add new tag category. To remove a category, select the category from the drop down, and then click Delete category. 



To add a new tag within a category, enter the tag in the box labeled tag name and click Add tag. To remove a tag, select the trash can symbol next to the tag.


To edit a tag for an existing category, select the dropdown next to the tag, then select the new tag you’d like to apply to that investment.  



To add an additional tag or category to your investment (the tag and category must already exist in the dropdown), select + Add Another Tag. To delete an additional tag or category, select - to the right of the tag.  



Once your new category or tags are entered, click Submit. You will now see a more detailed view of your investments. To filter by category, select Filter, enter the filtering condition, and select Apply Filters. 

Who this effects

Anyone utilizing Carta’s fund administration, LP Portal, Portfolio Insights and free firm portfolio can access this feature. 



Communication Center (Public Markets)

What's new?

Public company administrators can now utilize the brand new Communication Center to send secure communications to stakeholders in the company’s equity plan managed on Carta. This feature allows public companies to create and send timely communications to equity plan members in bulk. Recipients can be selected by relationship type and other filters to further customize the message’s distribution list. In addition, the Communication Center dashboard allows company administrators to view sent and drafted messages, and see which stakeholders have viewed a communication. 

Examples of communications include, but are not limited to: instructions on how stakeholders can manage their equity at Carta, employee stock purchase plan (ESPP) offerings, upcoming trading windows, and updated disclosures.

How does this work?

Permissioned company administrators may access the Communication Center. Before sending any messages, company administrators should check that the company’s Stakeholder Ledger is up-to-date to ensure messages are sent to the correct individuals. At minimum, an individual’s Relationship, Contact Email, and Officer Code (if applicable) should be updated.

Once these steps are completed, company administrators can proceed to the Communication Center dashboard (found under the Employee tab of the main navigation toolbar).

Here, company administrators with Company Editor or Legal Administrator roles can compose, review, and send secure messages with or without PDF attachments. They can also filter for previously sent and drafted messages. 

When choosing who to send a communication to, the Company Editor or Legal Administrator may send bulk messages by Relationship Type (e.g., Employee, Ex-Employee, Advisor), and then also filter recipient lists by Officer Code, the employee stock purchasing plan (ESPP) an individual is a member of, or the security type(s) held by each stakeholder. 

Company administrators will have the opportunity to review the communication, save it as a draft, and reconfirm the recipients before sending the message. After sending the message, stakeholders will receive an email notification that they received the secure message. They must log in to their Carta accounts to view the message, and messages on the Carta platform may not be forwarded to an external email account.

Company administrators who can view the Communication Center dashboard can monitor which stakeholders have viewed the communication.  

Send secure messages and archive them safely in a centralized location with Carta’s Communication Center. 

The Communication Center allows public company administrators to: 

  • Craft and send secure communications with or without PDF attachments in bulk to stakeholders within their public equity plans; 
  • Easily create recipient lists by relationship type and other optional filters, removing the need to maintain multiple distribution lists manually;
  • Quickly filter recipient lists of sent communications by who has or has not viewed the communication; and
  • Review and archive communications to remain compliant with recordkeeping and reporting laws; 

Start using the Communication Center now!

Need help with the Communication Center? Refer to this support article for detailed instructions on how to manage, view, and send out your next secure message. 

SEC Rule 144 Affiliate Workflow Updates (Public Markets)

What’s new? 

Carta improved how public company administrators can manage and designate equity plan stakeholders as Rule 144 Affiliates. Designating stakeholders as Affiliates ensures that their trade orders get reviewed before execution through a separate SEC Rule 144 due diligence workflow and that those trades are properly captured for Form 144 inclusion. Company administrators can also now easily access and review a filtered list of Rule 144 Affiliates from their Company Summary page. 

The management of Rule 144 Affiliate status has been separated from the Officer Code workflow to simplify this process and to ensure trading blackout periods for stakeholders with certain Officer Code(s) will not be impacted by one’s Rule 144 Affiliate status.

How does it work?

Company administrators can update Rule 144 Affiliate status by clicking on “Manage Employees” on the Company Summary page. 

From there, administrators can click on each stakeholder’s record and view their current Rule 144 Affiliate status. Administrators can also track the Effective Date of when a stakeholder was first marked as an Affiliate without leveraging Officer Codes.

To designate an individual as a Rule 144 Affiliate, administrators can check the box within the Update Stakeholder flow:

For enhanced security, Carta put controls in place to prevent stakeholders from inadvertently being removed as an Affiliate. Please contact Carta Support to help remove a stakeholder’s Rule 144 Affiliate status.

Easily manage, review, and designate public equity plan stakeholders as Rule 144 Affiliates to ensure trading compliance via an improved workflow.

With the improved Rule 144 Affiliate workflow, company administrators can:

  • Easily manage, review, and designate equity plan stakeholders as Rule 144 Affiliates;
  • Be assured that Affiliate trades go through the proper reviews and are included on Form 144; and
  • Set blackout trading periods for certain Officer Code(s) without an impact to a stakeholder’s Rule 144 Affiliate status.

Start using the improved Rule 144 Affiliate status workflow now!

Do you want to update Rule 144 Affiliate status for individual stakeholders or in bulk? Refer to this support article for more information. 


Optional Sections in Carta Closings


What’s new?

With Optional Sections, a new feature of Carta Closings, fund managers now have the ability to further customize their LPs subscription experience.

Create an even faster closings experience for your investors. 

Our Optional Sections feature allows you to hide sections of Carta’s Standard Investor Questionnaire, such as Qualified Purchaser (QP) or Qualified Client (QC), that may not be relevant to your fund or SPV. You can also disable, make optional, or require LPs to provide their wire instructions for future distributions as part of their subscription.

How does it work? 

1. On the Closings tab, select Closings Details.  Then, scroll down to Customize Sections

2. From here, you can make your selections to hide, require, or make optional the  wiring instructions, qualified purchaser, and qualified client sections. Then click Save

How do I learn more?

To learn more about this feature, please reach out to your account manager. 

Have additional questions about Carta Closings? Check out our fund manager resource and LP support article, or request a demo.

Custom Questions in Carta Closings

What’s new?

We understand the questions fund managers need answered by their LPs can vary depending on the entity. With Custom Questions, a new feature of Carta Closings, fund managers and fund attorneys now have the ability to customize their LPs subscription experience, ensuring no question goes unanswered.

If Carta’s standard Investor Questionnaire doesn’t cover everything you or your attorney needs answered by LPs while closing your fund or SPV, Custom Questions gives you the ability to easily add additional questions to our questionnaire. 

How does it work? 

1. On the Closings tab, select Closings Documents, then click Edit Appendix. 

2. You’ll be directed to a Get Started screen with two options: 

Option 1: Enter questions from scratch

If you have not previously added questions to another entity, you’ll start here. For each question added, you can designate whether the question be answered by all LPs, just individuals, or just entities.

Option 2: Copy Questions from another fund / SPV

If you have previously added questions to another entity, there’s no need to enter these questions again. Click Start copying and select which questions you’d like to copy to your current fund or SPV. 

3. Enter your question and then select how the answer should be provided by your LP (short text input, yes or no, etc.)  There’s no limit to how many questions you can add, or what you want to ask of your LPs.

4. Once your questions are entered you can  preview how they will appear in Carta’s investor questionnaire. After a final review, click Submit.

How do I learn more?

To learn more about this feature, please reach out to your account manager.

Have additional questions about Carta Closings? Check out our fund manager resource and LP support article, or request a demo.



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