Taxdoo Raises $21 Million in Series A Funding, Led By Accel, to Bring Automated Compliance to European E-Commerce
December 15, 2020
- As e-commerce continues to grow, Taxdoo is scaling to meet demand for its API-driven compliance platform for cross-border online sellers
- Taxdoo will triple headcount during the next 12 months and expand its go-to-market across Europe
Taxdoo, the automated platform for financial compliance in e-commerce, today announced it has closed a $21 million (€17 million) Series A round of financing led by global venture capital firm Accel, with participation from Visionaries Club, 20VC and existing investor High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF). The funding will support Taxdoo’s rapid growth through international expansion, increased hiring, R&D, sales and customer support. The company also announced that Accel’s Harry Nelis had joined its board.
As consumers continue to move online, e-commerce in Europe is forecast to exceed €700 billion in 2020 with cross-border transactions now representing approximately 25% of the total and rising. In response, hundreds of thousands of businesses are turning to Amazon, eBay, Shopify and a wide array of other platforms to sell internationally.
Taxdoo’s platform automates transaction-level data ingestion, tax calculation and filings across Europe, as well as the integration of financial and accounting information. Customers can also collaborate with their tax advisors through the platform and reduce other compliance burdens, including Intrastat filings. What used to take days of effort across error-prone spreadsheets and email is now automated and auditable.
The company has grown quickly and profitably. It now empowers more than 1,000 merchants from the DACH region to sell compliantly across the EU and is scaling up aggressively to meet demand. Taxdoo will expand in the coming months to support all global sellers active in the EU market, as well as introducing new accounting and compliance solutions within its SaaS platform. Additionally, Taxdoo intends to triple headcount to more than 150 by the end of 2021, with hiring predominantly for Hamburg-based engineering, sales and marketing positions.
Taxdoo is an excellent example of how very ambitious founding teams find a valuable partner in HTGF to turn the goal of building a large company into reality. For this, we use our know-how and network to find the right partners and pave the way for a high-growth future.
Markus Kreßmann, Partner at HTGF
After three years as the sole investor in Taxdoo, it is a great pleasure to have Accel and the co-investors joining us in this Tax-Tech growth story.
Tobias Schulz, Senior Investment Manager at HTGF
Our goal is to contribute to seamless cross-border commerce in Europe and beyond, where companies are able to focus on their core business, not on bureaucracy. With Taxdoo, e-commerce sellers and other digital businesses significantly reduce their time and costs to handle all tax-compliant processes and achieve greater visibility of their data.
Christian Königsheim, co-founder of Taxdoo
With a booming e-commerce landscape and companies of all sizes looking to sell their products and services internationally, we see an acute need for integrated financial and tax compliance. Taxdoo’s founders bring together unique experience at the intersection of tax, finance and software and we are excited to work with them to build Taxdoo into a category defining company.
Harry Nelis, partner at Accel
Taxdoo is the automated platform for financial compliance in e-commerce. Taxdoo makes it easy for e-commerce businesses and accountants to handle VAT, manage financial accounting and ensure the fulfilment of compliance requirements. Taxdoo’s platform powers end-to-end automation for over 1,000 customers and received the TAXCELLENCE Award 2020 for best tax technology solution. Taxdoo is headquartered in Hamburg, Germany and is backed by Accel, HTGF, Visionaries Club and 20VC. Learn more at www.taxdoo.com.
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