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Anybody else having difficulty with Sage?

At the same time as asking us to recommend sage 50C to our clients who have book keepers installed using older desktop versions of sage and needing now to upgrade for MTD purposes, Sage are also insisting that we should also be shelling out for an extremely expensive £xxxx multi company version, just so that we can access the clients year end information, trail balance, nominal ledger reports and the like. No longer, it seems is it acceptable to back-up and restore.

Sage do not seem to get the obvious nonsense when compared with Sage-One who quite rightly offers its accounting partners access for free, along with QBO, XERO, and the like. Clearly I cannot recommend Sage if they wish to take that line, however I would be interested to know if anybody else is having similar issues

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11th Feb 2019 18:09

Its $age

The only way to keep up the revenue on their much diminished user baser is to right royally shaft everyone they have left on the basis that if you haven't moved yet then you must have significant reasons for staying.

Its the policies of a company in the cack.

Of course they do have a virtual monopoly on desktop accounting software for anyone who is not a micro company.

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11th Feb 2019 19:19

Not issues but we have had SAGE client manager for years. Ive been led to believe it will go MTD so we can file from it but Ive not checked that yet.

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11th Feb 2019 20:49

Only for the last 25 years or so.

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11th Feb 2019 21:41

Sage has a lot more versatility than the new cloud software out there.
But you can't criticise those on here as they're the Emperor's New Clothes fable.

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12th Feb 2019 08:24

I would consider whether there is a need to upgrade for MTD (Round 1 of MTD anyway). Why not just use bridging software? Saves the grief of changing and, no doubt, for some clients going from their sunk cost version to a subscription version.

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12th Feb 2019 09:31

You might find that you can export a VAT return report from the client's existing Sage in Excel format and use bridging software to file it with HMRC.

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12th Feb 2019 11:23

Sage are using MTD as a way of making money backed by HMRC . Makes me laugh thinking about quickbooks " HMRC backing SAGE " ! The funs beginning. BTW what's happened to HMRC reply to HoL not to mention the encouragement letters !

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By urstop
13th Feb 2019 13:37

Check out https://accountsdesk.co.uk/mtd, they have bridging software for MTD VAT. It works well with Excel and Google spreadsheets. I was told you can bridge it with Sage 50 VAT return PDFs as well if needed with having to upgrade Sage and they have both agent accounts and individual business accounts.

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