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You might be wondering why Expensify isn’t at Austin’s notoriously cool South by Southwest Music (and Tech) Festival this year. We do love Austin, Texas. But alas, we’ve committed ourselves to staying in the Bay Area for a little bit to finish polishing up some great new features we want to roll out for you all sooner than later. That commitment doesn’t stop us from daydreaming, though, about what we’d do if we were at SXSW this year. In particular, we’re in love with the music – it’s SXSW at its roots.

Top Three Bands We’d Like to Hear:

  • Zion I & The Grouch: hip-hop legends from the Bay Area (represent!)
  • Gay for Johnny Depp: alt-country, yeah, but mostly we just love the name
  • Noah and the Whale: I (Meghan) have admittedly been loving this band for some time, so I’m pretty jealous of anyone who catches them this year

What about you guys? Who’s attending SXSW? What can you not wait to see and hear? Let us know in the comments!

Well spotted Expensify recommendation in the latest issue of Money magazine: thanks to Expensify friend Patrick for sending it in!

In other news:

fundedIDEAS voted us one of the Top 300 Startups of 2011, based – as they tell us – on the strength of our business model, our management team, our industry and sector outlook, and our investor success rate. Or, in plain old English, because we rock. We really appreciate the recognition, and know that it’s primarily because of a combination of a great staff (which we’re looking to add more of – see https://www.expensify.com/jobs for more info) and fantastic users that we’ve come this far.

With Tax Day looming, many of you have been asking our Help Desk just how certain you can be that the eReceipts Expensify Guarantees are, in fact, IRS-compatible and really guaranteed.

While we really don’t want to put ourselves in the position of legally advising anyone on their taxes – you should talk to a tax lawyer for that – we can say, with pride, that we meet and exceed all of the requirements put forth by the IRS in Publication 463.

Here are the basic rules to keep in mind:

  • Your purchase must be under $75
  • We can’t create eReceipts for hotel bills – no lodging charges, then.
  • The IRS requires non-paper receipts to be Timely, Accurate, and Written – our syncing with your bank and credit card ensure the first two, and by virtue of creating eReceipts in a permanent electronic form, we’ve ensured the last

We worked in close conjunction with the IRS to ensure that our eReceipts would stand up to a tough test – and as one Expensify client recently learned when his contractor expense report with the Department of Defense was audited, these eReceipts stand up to the toughest.