Guide-blog. What tax software: "What combination of tax packages?" By Nichola Ross Martin
In the first episode of this “guide-blog” I promised that I would be looking at Digita this week. I must apologise that I am going to be a week late. I could claim that I had “entirely overlooked the budget”, but you probably would not believe that possible. The actual truth is far more worrying, I actually forgot that I was moving house! Not only that but the office too. The former went reasonably well, the latter has been a nightmare and my dreams of wireless networking have faded into a mist that is as weak as the signal from my new router. I have a further reason for delaying the Digita review - the Easter break.
Nevertheless, I've had a great response so far from firms who are considering integrated software, but currently use a combination of packages, and this is making me look at the "Which software" from another angle.
When I looked at Iris I recieved a certain amount of “flak” for admitting that I had problems with some accounts production packages and this raised some interesting issues. As I say, I am mainly into tax, and tend to avoid full accounts preparation these days, but it’s unavoidable that from time to time you need to adjust something in a set of accounts after one of the review stages (repairs/fixed assets being a typical example), and often is just quicker and more convenient to post the necessary changes yourself. The staff member who set up the client and posted the job is not always on hand, and this is where, like or not, you have to post the necessary adjustment in order to finalise the job. It is generally 5.15pm on a Friday, the post goes at 6 and everyone scarpered for the weekend on the dot of 5.
I have been greatly cheered up to hear from partners of firms of varying sizes that I am not the only one who has problems with non tax software components in these circumstances. I was starting to feel a tad foolish. The thing that came out of this which has really interested me though was finding out how common it is for firms to double up on not only their tax but other software when they are to all outside appearances running an "intregrated suite".
Anyway, I am quite keen to find the best combinations of software, and so if you use a combination of software please let me know. You can always email me if you want to remain anonymous. Can anyone beat three different SA tax return packages in one office, incidentally?
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