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BTC or Taxcalc for sole practioner leaving IRIS?

Any suggestions on which software to move to from IRIS

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I'm fed up with the constant price increases from IRIS and looking to move to another provider. I can see old articles suggesting BTC or Taxcalc, are those that have moved still happy?

I like the (mainly) smooth intergration between accounts and tax that IRIS offers but now can't justify the cost.

Many thanks in advance for your responses.

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By bernard michael
07th May 2020 09:45

Taxcalc - used it forever

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By Wanderer
07th May 2020 10:01

I use TaxCalc for CT (used to use it for SA).
BTC for SA and the practice database.
I still use IRIS for accounts production.

As lincoln suggests the BTC interface looks a bit old school compared to TaxCalc. Once you get past that in your mind it really is an excellent product. It's a bit like VTT+ & Sage for accounts. Once you get over the 'Old School' look of VTT+ you realise what an excellent product it is and would never dream of using Sage.

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By dexter12345
07th May 2020 10:31

Thank you. Do you mind me asking why you don't just use TaxCalc or BTC for everything? And why still use IRIS for accounts?

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By Wanderer
07th May 2020 10:55

Bit long winded but:
Used IRIS for accounts production since 1985.
Used TaxCalc for SA + CT since 1996/1997.

When our database couldn't run on 64 bit machines about 5 years ago we adopted BTC as our database and moved SA over to it at the same time.

We keep IRIS and TaxCalc for CT really as they are legacy products within our firm. IRIS is still probably the leader for accounts production.

When there's a year without a crisis of one sort or another I'll probably move CT from TaxCalc to BTC and stop using TaxCalc. Also will move FRS105 and sole trader accounts from IRIS to BTC, leaving IRIS just for FRS102, FRS102 1(A), charity & audit clients.

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By Red Leader
07th May 2020 11:29

I moved from IRIS to Taxcalc a few years ago. No regrets.

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By Steve Holloway
07th May 2020 11:45

How much of a saving are you loooking at? How much is Taxcalc for unlimited SA & CT returns? I am with IRIS (PTP) but as I shrink (clientbase not waist), it has to be something to look at.

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By dexter12345
07th May 2020 11:53

https://www.taxcalc.com/tax#Versions
https://www.taxcalc.com/accountsProduction#Versions

Its alot cheaper than I am paying for accounts productions and tax from IRIS.

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By bernard michael
07th May 2020 11:55

£270 for unlimited CT & £360 for unlimited SA both plus VAT
You get a discount if you are an existing user

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
07th May 2020 14:40

Watch out for IRIS fairly brutal T&C's which may tie you in for a year more than you are expecting. Lot of complaints on here about those.

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By rmillaree
07th May 2020 14:59

I am 100% happy with btc - left iris when the forced move from drummohr didnt work 3 weeks itno the new tax year.

Customer service at BTC is top notch particularly helping us import all the data from IRIS they took everything away and imported more than IRIS could import themsleves at the time to their new pice of crapoloa. So very easy changeover ongoing customer service deffo 5 star.

I was aware when i signed up that btc wasnt as flashy as other options but the functionality works and once you get used to it it makes sense why they have laid it out as they have - after 4 weeks you really dont need to think when doing stuff - and the database and folder scanning options (deffo scan everything in if you dont now) are good and the reliability is very good despite the fact we are on server and doing remote access now.

We use the CT module in BTC and that is very simple to use even though at present we still use vt for accounts - so there is no real need i wouldn't think to use taxcalc for CT - unless you started out there and thats what you are used to using. We stick with vt due to its simplicity and it links in just fine with btc.

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By johnt27
07th May 2020 16:33

What's your client source data/workpapers on and what types of clients are you serving? Plenty of excellent options here: https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/reviews/accounts-production

If you want the absolute dog's proverbials then CaseWare is the only way to go but much depends on the above. If you're only pumping out FRS 105 and 102 1A you could look at Xero Tax, for example

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By EricO
07th May 2020 19:41

I'ne no experience of BTC but moved to Taxcalc from IRIS last year and not regretted it. There's a few areas I miss IRIS for such as P11d, Charity formats and the IRIS Business Tax module is more intuitive but overall the huge price difference made it a no-brainer for a small practice like ours.

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By SXGuy
07th May 2020 19:51

Left iris for tax calc two years ago never looked back.

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