How Much Does Your Schedule K-1 Process Cost?
With so many Schedule K-1s to prepare & deliver before the March 15 partnership deadline, it’s easy to come unglued — consider the cost of a single mailing.
7 December 2016
With so many Schedule K-1s to prepare and deliver before the March tax deadline, it’s easy to come unglued – especially when the cost of a single mailing (if your firm sends by way of “the paper method”) starts to become unreasonable.
Consider these assumptions:
|Number of K-1 statements to be prepared||500 statements|
|Time it takes to split the master document, create and print each individual statement||10 minutes|
|Time it takes to put together each package (print labels, stuff envelopes and transport to the mail carrier)||5 minutes|
|Cost for FedEx/UPS/Courier package with signature required||$12.00 X 500 = $6,000|
|Cost for employee hours||500 x 15 mins = 125 hours
x $42 per hour = $5,250.00
|Total cost for a single mailing||$11,250.00|
Source: Intralinks Whitepaper
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Kylie Horner is an Associate in Strategy and Product Marketing at Intralinks. She is part of the team responsible for determining go-to-market strategies for the debt capital markets and alternative investment businesses. Prior to joining Intralinks, Kylie worked in marketing and communications at ACTIV Financial, a financial information technology firm. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Journalism, and a specialization in global media.