Hello America!

Xero is already used in over 100 countries around the world, including many happy customers from the USA. In many ways accounting principles transcend borders and core Xero features can be used by any business wherever they happen to reside. And we try hard to build features everyone can enjoy.

Of course there are times when one country has different requirements to others. We already have versions of Xero for New Zealand, Australia, United Kingdom and a global product for other countries.

Today we’ve launched our US version.

If you have a subscription for any USA organizations you will be prompted in My Xero to update these to the new US version.

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Now we have the platform in place we can start releasing US specific features. We’ve already done some work on spelling and a more US friendly default chart of accounts but there’s more we’d like to do.

The most obvious is the ability to print checks (cheques for the rest of you). Checks are still widely used in the US (the bigger the better) and while we’d love to encourage electronic alternatives we accept that there’s still a strong demand for paper checks.

Big check

We are still looking at more automated ways of enabling our users to receive and make payments – there’s lots of exciting options which we’ll talk about more in the coming months.

Other items high on the list include, generating 1099s, regional reporting and broadening our US based add-on partners.

Last but not least is the question of whether we need to tackle sales tax calculations or are Xero’s powerful custom tax rates enough? On this we’d like your feedback. Or perhaps there’s a must-have US specific feature you’d like us to consider – let us know.

 

52 Comments

Doug Meredith
February 2, 2014 at 3:36 am

I’m in Canada but I think we have the same cheque format as the US. Is there any way for me to use the cheque printing?

Andrew Tokeley
February 2, 2014 at 9:35 am

@Doug – you can give it a whirl by changing your Demo organization to US then try printing a check using your stock. The feedback I’ve had is that there are still a few tweaks to be made to make it work in Canada, but I’d love to be wrong. If it turns out to be OK, we could consider turning on what we have in the US version for the Global version you’re using. A Canadian version is something we’re still keen to do – but I suspect there are more pressing needs first, for example, handling PST/HST better!

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