Why can't I change my business currency?

When you first create a business in Wave, you're asked to choose your business's primary currency. This becomes your default business currency, and it cannot be changed after it is set.

This article explains why this restriction exists, and some options if you have created your business with a different business currency than you intended.

How business currency is set

When you first register for Wave, your country and currency are detected, and these are suggested when you create your first business in Wave. You can choose a different business currency during initial account creation by clicking the Change this link.

For additional businesses that you create after your Wave account is active, you choose either USD or CAD as the business currency during the creation process:

Why can't business currency be changed?

While some large multinational businesses operate their management accounting in one currency while reporting and filing tax in a different currency, virtually every small business – which is what Wave exists to serve – reports in the domestic currency of where it is located and pays tax. 

But what happens if you are running a small side business and relocate to the US from Canada, where you will pay tax to a different taxing authority, in a different currency? The simple answer to this is that you are now running a different business!

It may feel the same. You may be coaching or consulting with the same clients as before, and using the same business name as before, but it is a different business. You have a 'Before-I-Moved' business, and an 'After-I-Moved' business, with obligations and dealings in two different jurisdictions.

What to do if you move your business to a new country

The Wave part of this is easy. Simply create a new business.

The accounting part – if you want to do this 100% correctly – is not so easy, and you are going to need the advice of TWO accountants: an accountant in the country you have moved from, and an accountant in your new country to help with creating a new business and accounting for the value that you bring from your pre-existing business.

Click the Wave Advisors option in the left-hand navigation menu to learn how you can get help setting up a new business from one of Wave's in-house experts.

What to do if you set up your Wave business with the wrong business currency

If you have not moved at all, and simply chose the wrong currency when setting up your business, start a fresh business with the correct business currency. Wave makes it easy to maintain multiple businesses within your Wave account. You can add your new business and import the necessary data, while still having your old business to refer back to.

When you have finished setting up your business with the correct business currency, you can go back and archive the old one so as not avoid the risk of any confusion between them.