1.1 Provision of Services
In consideration for our Services, for each company of yours that we do the books for, we charge a monthly fee of $190 USD, the total being due within seven days from the date of the work completed. If you become more than sixty days delinquent in the payment of our bills, to the extent consistent with our professional responsibilities, we will perform no further services for you unless that delinquency is cured. All amounts unpaid after 30 days are subject to interest at 1.5% per month (1.5% per annum), calculated from the invoice date, on the total outstanding amount. If we are required to hire a debt collection company or legal counsel to collect your outstanding balanced owed, we shall have the right to collect from you reasonable costs, necessary disbursements and attorneys’ fees incurred in collecting.
If we increase our billing rates, you will be given at least 30 days written notice. You may choose not to consent to the increased rates and terminate Services as long as any remaining balance is paid in full.
1.3 Money Back Guarantee.
We offer a 90-day full money-back guarantee. Request must be submitted via email to our Support team at [email protected]. Request must be submitted before 90 days from the day you receive your first full set of reports.
1.4 Data Storage
User acknowledges that data storage is not guaranteed by Merritt Bookkeeping and may include the use of Dropbox and Google Drive and User agrees that Merritt Bookkeeping may not have any liability whatsoever for any damage, liabilities, losses (including any loss of data or profits) or any other consequences that User may incur with respect to the loss or deletion of User Data.
1.5 Use of Merritt Bookkeeping Services
1.6 Remote Services.
All Services provided are 100% digital and remote. No physical products or files will be shipped.
Our responsibility is to assist you in maintaining proper accounting records for your business, but we are not responsible for the validity of the balances on your financial statements, and will make no audit or other verification of the data you submit to us. Our job is to simply code the financial transactions of the business based on your direction and input. Ultimately it is your responsibility to verify the correctness of the work we perform. We will make no attempt to adjust the records to reflect Generally Accepted Accounting Principles nor to reflect proper tax record keeping. That is the responsibility of your Certified Public Accountant. If we provide reports that contain financial information, these reports are for internal management use only. We have not been requested to discover errors, misrepresentations, fraud, illegal acts, or theft. Therefore, we have not included any procedures designed or intended to discover such acts, and you agree that we have no responsibility to do so. It is also solely your responsibility to maintain adequate backup to substantiate your financial statements in case of audit. For your information, according to the IRS, adequate records are required to substantiate the business use of “listed property” (I.e., passenger cars or other property used in transportation, cellular phones, property of the type generally used for entertainment, recreation, or amusement, computers or peripheral equipment), traveling expenses (including meals and lodging away from home), entertainment expenses, and business gifts. No deductions for travel, entertainment, automobile expenses, cellular phone charges, etc., will be allowed unless adequate records, such as a log, are kept. All financials and documents provided should be reviewed by a Certified Public Accountant before relying on financials for official tax or public filings.
1.8 Third-Party Service Providers
Merritt Bookkeeping may from time to time, and depending on the circumstances, use third-party service providers in serving your account. We may also use third-party data companies, such as Dropbox and Google Drive, to store your financial information. We may share confidential information about you with these service providers, but remain committed to maintaining the confidentiality and security of your information. Accordingly, we maintain internal policies, procedures and safeguards to protect the confidentiality of your personal information. In addition, we will secure confidentiality agreements with all service providers to maintain the confidentiality of your information and we will take reasonable precautions to determine that they have appropriate procedures in place to prevent the unauthorized release of your confidential information to others. In the event that we are unable to secure an appropriate confidentiality agreement, you will be asked to provide your consent prior to the sharing of your confidential information with the third-party service provider. Furthermore, Merritt Bookkeeping will remain responsible for the work provided by any such third-party service providers.
1.9 Account Registration & Termination.
You may only have one Merritt Bookkeeping account for use of the Services. You may not create or use more than one account, and you may not share your account or any of the Services with others. All information you provide to create an account must be accurate and complete. You may not impersonate any other person or use a name that is not your own. It is your responsibility to update your account information to keep it current and accurate. When you set up an account, you must also choose a password. You are solely responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of your password, and for any and all use of your account. You agree not to use the account, username, or password of another authorized User at any time, nor to disclose your password to any third party. You agree you will not sell or share or otherwise transfer your membership or any membership rights. You agree to notify Merritt Bookkeeping immediately if you suspect any unauthorized use of your account or access to your password. You agree not to exchange personal information (email addresses, phone numbers, home address, etc.) to any other authorized users on the site. Also, Merritt Bookkeeping has the right to terminate your account for any reason at our sole discretion without notice and without liability.
1.10 Free Trials.
Merritt Bookkeeping does not offer free trials.
1.11 Updates and Functionalities.
You acknowledge that from time to time Merritt Bookkeeping may apply updates to the Services and that such updates may result in changes in the appearance and/or functionality of the Services (including the addition, modification, or removal of functionality, features, or content). Excluding the addition of wholly new products, Merritt Bookkeeping shall provide, implement, configure, install, support, and maintain at its own cost any and all updates, upgrades, enhancements, improvements, releases, corrections, bug fixes, patches, and modifications to the Services (collectively, the “Updates”)
1.12 Acceptable Use.
1.13 Fair Use Policy.
Merritt Bookkeeping may suspend your access to the Services for abusive practices that degrade the performance of the Services for you and/or other Users of Merritt Bookkeeping.
You acknowledge that the rights granted to you under this Agreement are non-exclusive and that nothing in this Agreement will be interpreted or construed to prohibit or in any way restrict Merritt Bookkeeping’s right to license, sell, or otherwise make available the Services to any third party or perform any services for any third party.
2. Ownership And Confidentiality
2.1 Ownership Rights. As between the parties, Merritt Bookkeeping exclusively owns and reserves all right, title and interest in and to the Merritt Bookkeeping Services, Merritt Bookkeeping Properties and Merritt Bookkeeping’s Confidential Information. As between the parties, User exclusively owns and reserves all right, title and interest in and to the user data, user applications and user’s Confidential Information.
(a) Definition. “Confidential Information” means any information or data, regardless of whether it is in tangible form, disclosed by either party that is marked or otherwise designated as confidential or proprietary or that should otherwise be reasonably understood to be confidential given the nature of the information and the circumstances surrounding disclosure. “Confidential Information” does not include any information which: (i) is publicly available through no fault of receiving party; (ii) was properly known to receiving party, without restriction, prior to disclosure by the disclosing party; (iii) was properly disclosed to receiving party, without restriction, by another person without violation of disclosing party’s rights; or (iv) is independently developed by the receiving party without use of or reference to the disclosing party’s Confidential Information.
(b) Use and Disclosure. Each party agrees that it will use the Confidential Information of the other party solely in accordance with the provisions of this Agreement and it will not disclose such information to any third party without the other party’s prior written consent, except as otherwise permitted hereunder. Each party agrees to exercise due care in protecting the Confidential Information from unauthorized use and disclosure. Each party may disclose the Confidential Information of the other party, in whole or in part to its employees, representatives, actual or potential investors and subcontractors who have a need to know and are legally bound to keep such information confidential consistent with the terms of this Section. Either party may disclose the Confidential Information of the other party as required by law, upon prior written notice to the other party (where allowed by law); provided that such party will use its reasonable efforts to minimize such disclosure to the extent permitted by applicable law.
MERRITT BOOKKEEPING HEREBY DISCLAIMS ANY AND ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY, TITLE, NON-INFRINGEMENT, AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND WARRANTIES RELATED TO THIRD-PARTY EQUIPMENT, MATERIAL, SERVICES, OR SOFTWARE. MERRITT BOOKKEEPING’S SERVICES AND PROPERTIES ARE PROVIDED “AS IS” TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. TO THE EXTENT SUCH DISCLAIMER CONFLICTS WITH APPLICABLE LAW, THE SCOPE AND DURATION OF ANY APPLICABLE WARRANTY WILL BE THE MINIMUM PERMITTED UNDER SUCH LAW.
4. Exclusion of Damages; Limitation Of Liability
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES AND UNDER NO LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER IN TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, WILL MERRITT BOOKKEEPING BE LIABLE TO USER FOR ANY INDIRECT, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, CONSEQUENTIAL OR PUNITIVE DAMAGES OF ANY CHARACTER, INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION, DAMAGES FOR LOSS OF GOODWILL, LOST PROFITS, LOST SALES OR BUSINESS, WORK STOPPAGE, COMPUTER FAILURE OR MALFUNCTION, LOST DATA, OR FOR ANY AND ALL OTHER DAMAGES OR LOSSES, EVEN IF Merritt BOOKKEEPING HAS BEEN ADVISED, KNEW OR SHOULD HAVE KNOWN OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES AND UNDER NO LEGAL THEORY, WHETHER IN TORT, CONTRACT, OR OTHERWISE, WILL MERRITT BOOKKEEPING BE LIABLE TO USER FOR ANY DIRECT DAMAGES, COSTS, OR LIABILITIES IN EXCESS OF THE AMOUNTS PAID BY USER DURING THE TWELVE MONTHS PRECEDING THE INCIDENT OR CLAIM.
THE PROVISIONS OF THIS SECTION ALLOCATE THE RISKS UNDER THIS AGREEMENT BETWEEN THE PARTIES, AND THE PARTIES HAVE RELIED ON THE LIMITATIONS SET FORTH HEREIN IN DETERMINING WHETHER TO ENTER INTO THIS AGREEMENT.
THE MERRITT BOOKKEEPING SERVICES ARE NOT INTENDED TO SUPPORT OR CARRY EMERGENCY CALLS TO ANY EMERGENCY SERVICES. NEITHER MERRITT BOOKKEEPING NOR ITS REPRESENTATIVES WILL BE LIABLE UNDER ANY LEGAL OR EQUITABLE THEORY FOR ANY CLAIM, DAMAGE, OR LOSS (AND USER WILL HOLD MERRITT BOOKKEEPING HARMLESS AGAINST ANY AND ALL SUCH CLAIMS) ARISING FROM OR RELATING TO THE INABILITY TO USE THE MERRITT BOOKKEEPING SERVICES TO CONTACT EMERGENCY SERVICES.
5.1 Termination. You may cancel your account at any time; however, unless Merritt Bookkeeping is in breach of this Agreement and does not cure said breach within thirty (30) days of receiving written notice from You of an actual breach, identifying specifically the nature of the breach, You are not entitled to any refunds. We may suspend or cancel your account without notice or refund to you if you violate this Agreement. If your account is cancelled, Merritt Bookkeeping reserves the right to remove your account information along with any account settings from our servers with NO liability or notice to you. Once your account information and account settings are removed, You will not be able to recover this data and You will lose access to all of Your content (except that content stored/published to third-party websites, that data will remain on said third-party websites pursuant to those website’s terms and conditions). If you cancel the Service before the end of your current paid-up subscription period, your cancellation will take effect immediately and you will not be charged again.
6. Indemnification; Disputes
6.1 Indemnification by User. User will defend, indemnify and hold Merritt Bookkeeping harmless against any actual or threatened claim, loss, liability, proceeding, third-party discovery demand, governmental investigation or enforcement action (“Claim”) arising out of or relating to user’s activities under this Agreement or user’s acts or omissions in connection with the provision of the User Application, including without limitation, any intellectual property claims.
6.2 Governing Law. This Agreement will be governed by the laws of the State of California, exclusive of its rules governing choice of law and conflict of laws. This Agreement will not be governed by the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.
6.3 Arbitration. Agreement to Binding Arbitration Between You and Merritt Bookkeeping. You and Merritt Bookkeeping agree that any dispute, claim or controversy arising out of or relating to (a) these Terms or the existence, breach, termination, enforcement, interpretation or validity thereof, or (b) your access to or use of the Services at any time, whether before or after the date you agreed to the Terms, will be settled by binding arbitration between you and Merritt Bookkeeping, and not in a court of law.
You acknowledge and agree that you and Merritt Bookkeeping are each waiving the right to a trial by jury or to participate as a plaintiff or class member in any purported class action or representative proceeding. Unless both you and Merritt Bookkeeping otherwise agree in writing, any arbitration will be conducted only on an individual basis and not in a class, collective, consolidated, or representative proceeding. However, you and Merritt Bookkeeping each retain the right to bring an individual action in small claims court and the right to seek injunctive or other equitable relief in a court of competent jurisdiction to prevent the actual or threatened infringement, misappropriation or violation of a party’s copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, patents or other intellectual property rights.
6.4 Rules and Governing Law. The arbitration will be administered by the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”) in accordance with the AAA’s Consumer Arbitration Rules and the Supplementary Procedures for Consumer Related Disputes (the “AAA Rules”) then in effect, except as modified by this Arbitration Agreement. The AAA Rules are available at www.adr.org/arb_med or by calling the AAA at 1-800-778-7879.
The parties agree that the arbitrator (“Arbitrator”), and not any federal, state, or local court or agency, shall have exclusive authority to resolve any disputes relating to the interpretation, applicability, enforceability or formation of this Arbitration Agreement, including any claim that all or any part of this Arbitration Agreement is void or voidable. The Arbitrator shall also be responsible for determining all threshold arbitrability issues, including issues relating to whether the Terms are unconscionable or illusory and any defense to arbitration, including waiver, delay, laches, or estoppel.
Notwithstanding any choice of law or other provision in the Terms, the parties agree and acknowledge that this Arbitration Agreement evidences a transaction involving interstate commerce and that the Federal Arbitration Act, 9 U.S.C. § 1 et seq. (“FAA”), will govern its interpretation and enforcement and proceedings pursuant thereto. It is the intent of the parties that the FAA and AAA Rules shall preempt all state laws to the fullest extent permitted by law. If the FAA and AAA Rules are found to not apply to any issue that arises under this Arbitration Agreement or the enforcement thereof, then that issue shall be resolved under the laws of the state of California.
7.1 Assignment. User will not assign or otherwise transfer this Agreement, in whole or in part, without Merritt Bookkeeping’s prior written consent. Any attempted assignment, delegation, or transfer in violation hereof will be null and void.
7.2 Amendment; Waiver. No modification to this Agreement, nor any waiver of any rights, will be effective unless consented to in a writing signed by both parties. Any waiver of any breach or default by either party will not constitute a waiver of any other right or any subsequent breach or default. Failure or delay by either party to enforce any provision of this Agreement will not be deemed a waiver of future enforcement of that or any other provision.
7.3 Relationship. Each party is an independent contractor in the performance of each and every part of this Agreement. Each party will be solely responsible for all of its employees and agents and its labor costs and expenses arising in connection therewith and for any and all claims, liabilities or damages or debts of any type whatsoever that may arise on account of its activities, or those of its employees or agents, in the performance of this Agreement. User does not have the authority to commit Merritt Bookkeeping in any way and will not attempt to do so or imply that it has the right to do so.
7.4 Unenforceability. In the event that any provision of this Agreement is held by a court or other tribunal of competent jurisdiction to be unenforceable, such provision will be limited or eliminated to the minimum extent necessary to render such provision enforceable and, in any event, the remainder of this Agreement will continue in full force and effect.
7.5 Notices. Any notice required or permitted to be given hereunder will be given in writing to the receiving party by personal delivery, certified mail, return receipt requested, or by overnight delivery. Merritt Bookkeeping may use User’s current address, as provided by User in connection with billing and payment activities. Merritt Bookkeeping’s current address may be found on its website.
7.6 Other Terms. This Agreement supersedes all prior and contemporaneous proposals, statements, sales materials or presentations and agreements, oral and written. No oral or written information or advice given by Merritt Bookkeeping, its agents or employees will create a warranty or in any way increase the scope of the warranties in this Agreement. There will be no force or effect to any different terms of any related purchase order or similar form even if signed by the parties after the date hereof.
7.7 Force Majeure. A party is not liable under this Agreement for non-performance caused by events or conditions beyond that party’s control (each, a “Force Majeure Event”) if the party makes reasonable efforts to perform. Either party may terminate this Agreement on written notice to the other party if the Force Majeure Event continues more than 30 days.
7.8 Digital Millennium Copyright Act. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the “DMCA”) provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material appearing on the Internet infringes their rights under US copyright law. If you believe in good faith that content or material on this website infringes a copyright owned by you, you (or your agent) may send Merritt Bookkeeping DMCA agent a notice requesting that the material be removed, or access to it blocked. This request should be sent to: [Email]; or, alternatively to: [Address].
The notice must include the following information: (a) a physical or electronic signature of a person authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed; (b) identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed; (c) identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or the subject of infringing activity; (d) the name, address, telephone number, and email address of the complaining party; (e) a statement that the complaining party has a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent or the law; and (f) a statement that the information in the notification is accurate and, under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed If you believe in good faith that a notice of copyright infringement has been wrongly filed against you, the DMCA permits you to send us a counter-notice. Notices and counter-notices must meet the then-current statutory requirements imposed by the DMCA. Notices and counter-notices with respect to the website should be sent to the address above.
January 31, 2018