Xero and Stripe have expanded their online payment relationships by adding automated reconciliation a process that will help small business owners get paid faster.

The integration gives Xero’s more than one million subscribers greater choice of payment services, more cash flow control and enhanced efficiency through automation, the companies said.

The Stripe reconciliation functionality means when a Stripe payout comes in through a bank feed, Xero does the matching work on behalf of the merchant. All the transactions in Xero are tied to the Stripe statement line and will be automatically matched against it so merchants can reconcile them with just one click.

Xero can automatically match multiple transactions to a statement line, identifying payments and fees associated with their corresponding Stripe payout. Additionally, if there is a difference between the payout amount from Stripe and the total found in Xero, Xero will still find all the relevant transactions and bring them back as a partial match.

Xero Chief Technology Officer, Craig Walker, said, “We’re constantly focused on designing beautiful experiences and automating as many manual processes as we can. Last year, Xero began automating Stripe fees, and now we’ve completely automated the matching work for you, eradicating what was a largely manual process to reconcile payments. We’re thrilled to partner with Stripe to deliver seamless online payments for our mutual small business customers.”

The simple set-up process enables small business owners to quickly begin accepting credit card payments for online invoices, giving a small business owner more ways to get paid faster.

“Our goal is to make getting paid with Stripe as smooth an experience as possible so you can spend less time chasing payments on outstanding invoices and more time growing your business. We’re also trying to look at ways we can improve your cashflow, and we’re working hard to bring you more innovations in this space,” Walker said.

“Sinking resources into needlessly laborious tasks isn’t a good use of time for any small business,” said Cristina Cordova, head of business development at Stripe. “We continue to develop tools and features that make starting and scaling an internet business easier, and we’re excited to work with Xero to simplify payment reconciliation for our users.”

Working with more than 140 financial institutions around the world, Xero is increasing its focus on partnering with financial services to collaborate on innovation and data share standards, helping to open up capital for small business owners and create new ways for them to get paid faster.

More than $1.4 trillion worth of incoming and outgoing transactions were processed on the Xero platform over the past 12 months, a data point which Xero Chief Partner Officer, Anna Curzon said highlights the importance of small business in the global economy.

“The growth of small business is increasingly more important for the overall prosperity and health of the world. The way small business owners pay for services and receive payment continues to evolve with the help of cloud technology and mobility,” she said.

According to Curzon, these entrepreneurs are increasingly using smartphones to make transactions and run their businesses. By working with partners like Stripe, Xero has been able to collaborate on building digital rails which open the flow of information.

She said the company is working to help entrepreneurs reach their full potential by investing in building a global platform and supporting the advisors who support small businesses. Machine learning and artificial intelligence help unlock the potential of the Xero community’s connections and dataset to drive the establishment of personalised automation systems for small businesses.

“It’s never been a more exciting time to be in accounting. As small businesses’ contribution to the global economy grows, so does the accountant’s role, as advisors in supporting small businesses who run the world.”

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