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Recommended cloud systems for accounting practise

I am just in the process of setting up an accounting practise. I am still looking at software options and it looks as though I will be opting for Tax calc. I am now considering whether to choose their cloud add on facility or whether to choose a totally independent host in order that I can access other information within the same cloud such as microsoft office applications. Can any one please advise. Do I even need a cloud. I think that last question will be yes as I wish to access informtion from other laptops/PC's and I will also have an additionalpartner very soon. I may also wish torun payroll within the cloud. Thank you in advance for any suggestions. 

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10th Aug 2018 09:47

I don't think TaxCalc is really a cloud product, you still need to install it on every computer you use so if you want to use other laptops and pcs then choose a real cloud product. There are lots of threads on other cloud products for tax, accounts, bookkeeping and storage, so have a search of previous questions.

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By A4TUser
10th Aug 2018 15:48

Thank you for your comments. I have tried tax filer and didn't find it much use as you can't really 'create' accounts and can't import the accounts into the tax returns. Other options I have looked at have been quite expensive and not as flexible. Tax calc seem to offer its own cloud service which isn't very flexible but they tell me that if I opt for this it will allow me to access it on other machines and allow another user to also. The only draw back isI can't use the same 'cloud' to install Microsoft documents on and other software.

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By daniel_
to A4TUser
07th Sep 2018 11:07

A popular, straightforward and low cost combination is using VT Transaction+ with Taxfiler.
VT isn't cloud based but can quickly pull together client records to create accounts. Once a final trial balance is reached in VT, it can be copied/imported into Taxfiler to produce final accounts, submit to CH and transfer into a tax return.
Taxfiler is good at interpreting the default VT chart of accounts. Anything outside that can be mapped in a couple of minutes.
We use VT files stored on a shared drive that every PCs can access. This gets around the lack of 'cloud'. For access to it away from the office we have a VPN server to connect from home etc.

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By Matrix
to daniel_
07th Sep 2018 21:09

Surely it would be easier to use VT final accounts if the books are in VTT and import the iBRXl accounts to Taxfiler? If you make any changes to the books then it is so easy to change in the accounts.

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By A4TUser
to daniel_
09th Sep 2018 10:12

Thank you but I am not familiar with VT

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By Pygmy
10th Aug 2018 15:57

The Demo Company on XERO is very good for accounting practise

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07th Sep 2018 10:08

You may not be at the stage where you need a Secretarial Cloud solution to manage your Companies House deadlines and file electronically, but if you are you may wish to consider our offering:-

https://secretarialsoftware.com/

Kind regards,
Adrian

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By A4TUser
to Adrian Smart
09th Sep 2018 10:07

Thank you. My preferred option would be a hosted desktop but can't justify the expense at the minute so just using a cloud version of taxcalc with Microsoft office on one drive and moneysoft which of course isn't cloud based. This will have to suffice until I have enough clients to justify anything else. Thank you everyone for your comments.

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07th Sep 2018 13:27

I use the cloud connect version of Taxcalc and find it to be excellant, it has the functionality of a desktop product with the flexibility of the cloud as I work from office, home and holiday home.

Although they are getting better the full cloud systems seem very much a lite version of decent software.
Taxfiler is great value but the accounts production side is very basic.

Developing full cloud practice suites seems to be a huge task as the big providers are struggling with it Digita etc still seem a long way off with their "Onvio" product.

I use Taxcalc cloud and office 365 which is pretty much what you need as a small firm with Xero for my own accounts for client bookkeeping.

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By A4TUser
to Glennzy
09th Sep 2018 10:10

Hi, just read this. This is similar to the route I have gone down but looking at using quickbooks for the client purely as it is cheaper for my clients as many small business's won't be able to afford xero which is almost double the cost. I have trialled them both and so far xero did seem more user friendly though.

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01st Oct 2018 08:39

When you think you are ready then our company have a tailored hosted desktop product called Affinity Desktop that other accountancy practices use. Happy to show it to you.

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