This afternoon a nice lady from TAS offered me an upgrade from TASBooks to Sage 50 as TAS are no longer going to do any more work developing TASBooks and there are issues with Windows 10. This really looks like the end of the road for TASBooks. Having been a user for 15 years I deeply regret having to look elsewhere for my accounts software. The reporting is excellent and if you make a mistake most things can be undone with the minimum of pain. It is however getting really expensive (over £1000 a year).
I am neither an accountant nor a book keeper but run a medium size shop and do my own accounts - because it is important for me to keep my eye on what our business is doing and believe it or not accounts do just that. At the end of the month/year I know exactly how we are doing compared with last year/month 10 years ago etc both in terms of turnover, profitability and costs. For me accounts are a business tool and give me the answers to what I want to know about my business rather than just collecting information for tax and VAT purposes.
Last year, because it had become so expensive, I had a look at a couple of the cloud packages and wasn't that impressed. One thing that stuck out is that TAS attaches a cost of sales to each sales invoice and as we have an EPOS system we know exactly what this is so sales income and GP figures are accurately reflected without having to make separate ledger entries. I would be loathed to let this go.
The things I really like about TASBooks
Good flexible reporting which can be easily exported to Excel
Drill down facility to individual transactions makes spotting dodgy entries easier
Recurring cash and nominal journals
Assets register to deal with depreciation.
Easy correction to errors
What doesn't really float my boat is
Integration to bank accounts
Packages that do too much of what I am not interested in. ie that include stock/invoicing/manufacturing in their standard product rather than in add-on modules.
Has anyone any suggestions as to where I should look for comparative software?