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Note 2 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Note 2 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2022
Notes to Financial Statements  
Significant Accounting Policies [Text Block]

2. Summary of Significant Accounting Policies


Principles of Consolidation


The consolidated financial statements include the accounts of the Company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. All significant intercompany balances and transactions have been eliminated.


Use of Estimates


The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of expenses during the reporting period. Significant estimates used are those related to stock-based compensation, asset impairments, the valuation and useful lives of depreciable tangible and certain intangible assets, the fair value of common stock used in acquisitions of businesses, the fair value of assets and liabilities acquired in acquisitions of businesses, the fair value of options issued with related party debt, and the valuation allowance of deferred tax assets. Management believes that these estimates are reasonable; however, actual results may differ from these estimates.




Certain prior year amounts have been reclassified to conform to the current year’s presentation. The reclassifications did not affect previously reported net losses.




We account for acquired businesses using the purchase method of accounting. Under the purchase method, our consolidated financial statements reflect the operations of an acquired business starting from the completion of the acquisition. In addition, the assets acquired and liabilities assumed are recorded at the date of acquisition at their respective estimated fair values, with any excess of the purchase price over the estimated fair values of the net assets acquired recorded as goodwill.


Cash and Cash Equivalents


We minimize our credit risk associated with cash by periodically evaluating the credit quality of our primary financial institution. Our balances at times may exceed federally insured limits. We have not experienced any losses on our cash accounts.


Accounts Receivable, Allowance for Doubtful Accounts and Concentrations


Accounts receivable are carried at their estimated collectible amounts. We grant unsecured credit to substantially all of our customers. Ongoing credit evaluations are performed, and potential credit losses are charged to operations at the time the account receivable is estimated to be uncollectible. Since we cannot necessarily predict future changes in the financial stability of our customers, we cannot guarantee that our reserves will continue to be adequate.


As of September 30, 2022, and December 31, 2021, we recorded an allowance for doubtful accounts of $59,190 and $56,340 respectively.


Goodwill and Intangible Assets


Goodwill is tested for impairment at a minimum on an annual basis. Goodwill is tested for impairment at the reporting unit level by first performing a qualitative assessment to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of the reporting unit is less than its carrying value. If the reporting unit does not pass the qualitative assessment, then the reporting unit’s carrying value is compared to its fair value. The fair values of the reporting units are estimated using market and discounted cash flow approaches. Goodwill is considered impaired if the carrying value of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value. The discounted cash flow approach uses expected future operating results. Failure to achieve these expected results may cause a future impairment of goodwill at the reporting unit.


We conducted our annual impairment tests of goodwill as of December 31, 2021. As a result of these tests, we had a total impairment charge of $85,169.


Intangible assets consist of patents and trademarks, purchased customer contracts, purchased customer and merchant relationships, purchased trade names, purchased technology, non-compete agreements, and software development costs. Intangible assets are amortized over the period of estimated benefit using the straight-line method and estimated useful lives ranging from one year to twenty years. No significant residual value is estimated for intangible assets.


The Company’s evaluation of its long-lived assets resulted in $238,143 and $8,286 of intangible impairment expenses during the nine months ended ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively.


Software Development Costs


Software development costs include direct costs incurred for internally developed products and payments made to independent software developers and/or contract engineers. The Company accounts for software development costs in accordance with the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") guidance for the costs of computer software to be sold, leased, or otherwise marketed (Accounting Standards Codification subtopic 985-20, Costs of Software to Be Sold, Leased, or Marketed, or “ASC Subtopic 985-20”). Software development costs are capitalized once the technological feasibility of a product is established, and such costs are determined to be recoverable. The technological feasibility of a product encompasses technical design documentation and integration documentation, or the completed and tested product design and working model. Software development costs are capitalized once the technological feasibility of a product is established and such costs are determined to be recoverable against future revenues. Technological feasibility is evaluated on a project-by-project basis. Amounts related to software development that are not capitalized are charged immediately to the appropriate expense account. Amounts that are considered ‘research and development’ that are not capitalized are immediately charged to engineering, research, and development expense.


Capitalized costs for those products that are canceled or abandoned are charged to product development expenses in the period of cancellation. Commencing upon product release, capitalized software development costs are amortized to “Amortization Expense - Development” based on the straight-line method over a twenty-four-month period.


The Company evaluates the future recoverability of capitalized software development costs on an annual basis. For products that have been released in prior years, the primary evaluation criterion is ongoing relations with the customer. The Company’s evaluation of its capitalized software development assets resulted in impairment charges of $0 for the quarter ended September 30, 2022 and $0 for the year ended December 31, 2021.


Impairment of Long-Lived Assets


We evaluate long-lived assets (including intangible assets) for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of a long-lived asset may not be recoverable. An asset is considered impaired if its carrying amount exceeds the undiscounted future net cash flow the asset is expected to generate.


Foreign Currency Translation


The Company translates the financial statements of its foreign subsidiary from the local (functional) currency into US Dollars using the year or reporting period end or average exchange rates in accordance with the requirements of ASC subtopic 830-10, Foreign Currency Matters (“ASC 830-10”). Assets and liabilities of these subsidiaries were translated at exchange rates as of the balance sheet date. Revenues and expenses are translated at average rates in effect for the periods presented. The cumulative translation adjustment is included in the accumulated other comprehensive gain (loss) within shareholders’ equity. Foreign currency transaction gains and losses arising from exchange rate fluctuations on transactions denominated in a currency other than the functional currency are included in the unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income.


Revenue Recognition and Concentrations


Our Recurrency platform is a hosted solution. We generate revenue from licensing our software to clients in our software as a service model, per-message and per-minute transactional fees, and customized professional services. We recognize license/subscription fees over the period of the contract, service fees as the services are performed, and per-message or per-minute transaction revenue when the transaction takes place. Under Topic 606, revenue is recognized when control of the promised goods or services is transferred to our customers, in an amount that reflects the consideration we expect to be entitled to in exchange for those goods or services. We consider authoritative guidance on multiple deliverables in determining whether each deliverable represents a separate unit of accounting. Some customers are billed on a month-to-month basis with no contractual term and fees are collected by credit card. Revenue is recognized at the time that the services are rendered, and the selling price is fixed with a set range of plans. Cash received in advance of the performance of services is recorded as deferred revenue.


Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (“ASC 606”), is a comprehensive revenue recognition standard that superseded nearly all existing revenue recognition guidance. The Company adopted this standard effective January 1, 2018, applying the modified retrospective method. Upon adoption, the Company discontinued revenue deferral under the sell-through model and commenced recording revenue upon delivery to distributors, net of estimated returns. Generally, the new standard results in earlier recognition of revenues.


We determine revenue recognition under ASC 606 through the following steps:



identification of the contract, or contracts, with a customer;


identification of the performance obligations in the contract;


identification of the transaction price;


allocation of the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract; and


recognition of revenue when, or as, we satisfy a performance obligation.


During the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, two customers accounted for 50% and 54% of our revenues, respectively.


Comprehensive Income (Loss)


Comprehensive loss is defined as the change in equity during a period from transactions and other events and circumstances from non-owner sources. We are required to record all components of comprehensive loss in the consolidated financial statements in the period in which they are recognized. Net loss and other comprehensive loss, including foreign currency translation adjustments and unrealized gains and losses on investments, are reported, net of their related tax effect, to arrive at a comprehensive loss. For the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, the comprehensive loss was $6,810,412, and $4,132,347 respectively.


Stock-based Compensation


We primarily issue stock-based awards to employees in the form of stock options. We determine compensation expense associated with stock options based on the estimated grant date fair value method using the Black-Scholes valuation model. We recognize compensation expense using a straight-line amortization method over the respective vesting period.


Research and Development Expenditures


Research and development expenditures are expensed as incurred, and consist primarily of compensation costs, outside services, and expensed materials.


Advertising Expense


Direct advertising costs are expensed as incurred and consist primarily of trade shows, sales enablement, content creation, paid engagement and other direct costs. Advertising expense was $315,540 and $698,761 for the nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively. The decrease in advertising expense is due to lower engagement and content creation costs.


Income Taxes


We account for income taxes using the assets and liability method, which recognizes deferred tax assets and liabilities determined based on the difference between the financial statement and tax basis of assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates in effect for the year in which the differences are expected to affect taxable income. Valuation allowances are established to reduce deferred tax assets when, based on available objective evidence, it is more likely than not that the benefit of such assets will not be realized. We recognize in the consolidated financial statements only those tax positions determined to be more likely than not of being sustained.


Net Loss Per Common Share


Basic net loss per share excludes any dilutive effects of options, shares subject to repurchase, and warrants. Diluted net loss per share includes the impact of potentially dilutive securities. During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 and 2021, we had securities outstanding which could potentially dilute basic earnings per share in the future. Those were excluded from the computation of diluted net loss per share when their effect would have been anti-dilutive.


Recent Accounting Pronouncements


Accounting standards promulgated by the FASB are subject to change. Changes in such standards may have an impact on the Company’s future financial statements. The following is a summary of recent accounting developments.


In August 2020, the FASB issued ASU 2020-06, Accounting for Convertible Instruments and Contracts in an Entity's Own Equity (“ASU 2020-06”). ASU 2020-06 requires that the if-converted method of computing diluted Earnings per Share. The Company adopted ASU 2020-06 on  January 1, 2022.