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Ryan Lazanis, CPA, CA

Ryan Lazanis, CPA, CA is not your typical accountant. Destined to bring the traditional accounting firm into today’s modern era, Ryan founded Xen Accounting a completely cloud-based, 100% paperless Canadian Chartered Accountant firm which combines online accredited accountants with innovative software. His belief is that today’s technology can make accounting for small business more convenient, less time consuming and less irritating. A tech enthusiast at heart, Ryan enjoys recommending new and exciting cloud and mobile accounting applications to help modern day business owners streamline and automate their accounting. Passionate about disruptive technologies in general, Ryan also became immersed in the world of Bitcoin in 2013 and since then has emerged as a thought leader in the space of digital currencies and taxation. Speaking at various events on the topic and featured in several newspapers and articles, Ryan helped Xen Accounting become the first professional accounting firm in North America to accept Bitcoins as payment. When he’s not busy with accounting or tech gadgets, Ryan has been known to be an active DJ in Montreal and enjoys traveling to places that are hard to pronounce.

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Xen Accounting is now officially powered by Equiom

Nov 14, 2018 1:53:46 PM


Xen Accounting acquisition


In 2013, Xen Accounting started with the mission of providing businesses across Canada with a modern, easy, automated and pain-free accounting service.

In the last 5 years, we have grown from a team of 1 to a team of 12 professionals. Along with our growth, our clients have grown in size and complexity as well. As a result of this, in order to set ourselves up for the next stage of growth for both ourselves as well as for our customers, after careful consideration, we have concluded that joining a larger international platform would allow us to maintain and, more importantly, enhance, the breadth and quality of services that we provide to you.

Top apps to track deferred revenues for SaaS businesses

Technology, Nov 7, 2017 4:07:57 PM


If you have a SaaS business and you charge an upfront annual price as an option to your customers, you might know that you should spread those revenues equally over the months of the service agreement in your accounting books instead of showing one lump sum in the month it was received. For some, this process is not as easy as they would like it to be. So let's check out the top apps to track deferred revenues for SaaS businesses.

Employee vs Contractor - 5 Factors That CRA Uses to Help Determine

Business, Oct 2, 2016 9:38:32 AM


If you're a small business owner and you're paying your team members as consultants because you either want to avoid some of the administrative work that comes with payroll or because you want to save a bit on taxes, you might be exposed if you haven't considered the criteria that CRA uses to determine the employee vs contractor nature of the relationship. Below we'll look at 5 factors that the CRA uses to help make this determination.

Searching "Accounting Jobs Montreal"? Consider Online Accounting Firms

HR, Sep 28, 2016 2:52:22 PM


If you're reading this article, maybe it's because you clicked on this link after searching for the keyword "accounting jobs montreal" in Google. If you searched for that keyword, then maybe it's because you're looking for something new in your career. Maybe you want a change and you want something different, something fresh.

If that's the case, you came to the right place. This article is intended to give you a rather new option when it comes to your career path: working at an online accounting firm. Here, we'll discuss the pros and the cons of why an online accounting firm might just be the right fit for your next career move.

What's the Best Online Accounting Software for Your Small Business?

Technology, May 5, 2015 3:38:00 PM


It's no secret that many of you would rather gouge your eyes out rather than spend one extra minute on your accounting. It's time-sucking, administrative and detracts from your focus on the big picture. With the right tools in place though, you can make your life a whole lot easier.

Still stuck using some ancient, outdated, horrible looking piece of desktop accounting software when managing your financial affairs? It's time to upgrade. Let's take a look at the best online accounting software for your small business.

Wagepoint: The Rise of the Awesome Virtual Accountants

Press, Dec 8, 2014 3:29:00 PM

Original post can be found by clicking here.

What is the Best Invoicing Software?

Technology, Nov 25, 2014 1:32:00 PM



There are a ton of different options when it comes to creating slick invoices quickly and easily now a days. But which one is the best invoicing software for your business?

Three Reasons Why It's Time to Rip up Your Timesheets

Business, Nov 6, 2014 5:48:00 PM



Rip up my timesheet? Are you nuts?

It’s a crazy, counterintuitive thought for most professionals out there. I know.

What are the Benefits of Cloud Accounting Software?

Oct 28, 2014 3:53:00 PM



Your old, outdated desktop accounting system. Using it yourself is painful, time consuming and you almost need to be an accountant to operate the system. If you ship your records off to your accountant to handle, you have no visibility into how your business is performing on a real-time basis. It's a lose-lose situation, right?


The Tax Implications of Salaries in Bitcoins

Oct 6, 2014 6:11:00 PM



Tech startups are now starting to trend toward paying their staff in a new form of payment: bitcoins. But they might be forgetting about the tax implications of salaries in bitcoins.

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