Member Since: 3rd Dec 2012
25th Nov 2021
North East Accountant wrote:
We all know Sage have made mistakes in the past (who hasn't) but imagine if people kept banging on at you for your mistakes like everyone bangs on at Sage.......let's move on >
I can only presume you are not a regular user of Sage one/start/accounting/cloud, tried to change a vat scheme, deal with stock or even import a bank statement recently and you will know what I mean, its by far still the worst of the main products out there for anything other than a simple business
20th Oct 2021
I'll give you just one very simple example, setup a client for cash accounting for vat on Sage and then realise part way through the quarter it should be standard and you cannot switch until you have filed a cash vat return. You then have to make sure there are no transactions at all posted after the end of the cash quarter or the whole thing fails again.
All other software allows you to switch at will, even to compare the effects of switching.
Just one example of things all other software does that Sage does not.
20th Oct 2021
North East Accountant wrote:
I do a little company on Sage Accounting and a little company on Xero and have also done some Accounts using Sage Final Accounts Online and Xero Tax.......so I know exactly what I'm talking about for these products.
I've used but don't have much experience of QB.
Each have their own strengths and weaknesses....which drive me mad thinking why can't they sort this out.....but they both never do.
Agree with Winnie, anything other than a small company/basic job and the others are much better, more user friendly, quicker, and more integration (have you ever tried an amazon seller on Sage, absolute nightmare compared to QBO)
10th Sep 2021
Rebecca Cave wrote:
Some good points well made there Philip, but I take issue with: "dual increase of 1.25% in the amount of NIC paid. "
Yes but if you are self employed with employees it is a dual increase isn't it? Same for a company Director with employees, in fact you could even end up with a triple hit, employers, employees and dividend if you are not careful or unable to arrange things accordingly
9th Aug 2021
28th Jun 2021
I dont have many contractor clients thank goodness but for all my clients whether or not they pass or fail the IR35 test is irrelevant now because all the agencies have taken a blanket approach - if you want to work through us you use this umbrella.
12th Jun 2021
HMRC are more out of touch with agents than I have ever known
1. Try digital first? Do you not think that if that was possible we would do that, the fact is that there are so many things that you cannot do online
2. spread calls across the day - what?
3. Agent income viewer - firstly why do we need an extra digital handshake, we already have 64-8 authorisation in place, secondly we supposedly already have that data via the API link but that data is so inaccurate if it is even there at all that its not worth bothering.
4. Ask the clients for the data? why when HMRC have all the data that should easily be available at the touch of a button.
The fact of the matter is that HMRC have shown over the last year that when they want to they can pull out all the stops and plow massive resources into IT systems that work on a massive scale, but they clearly do not make giving agents what we need to do our job a priority.
25th May 2021
Hugo Fair wrote:
How is this an 'update' (as per article title)?
The NI thresholds are adjusted (as they are every year), but everything else is as it's been for donkey's years!
precisely what I was thinking, what was the point of that article other than to waste a few minutes of my time!
16th May 2021
very interesting article, a few things stand out to me.
Firstly were they wrong in the first place to assign residual values to their assets, could that even be done with any accuracy, it would presumably have to be reviewed on a very regular basis to reflect current values, and what if a players value increases?
Secondly, the disclosure in the accounts was clearly wrong, suspicious perhaps, perhaps not.
Finally where are the auditors all this, my experience of working with auditors is that they set the agenda.
12th May 2021
Thank goodness for that, one of our biggest headaches, it takes long enough to get a client to sign up in the first place, totally agree that the 90 day thing means many fall off when they do not want to but just cant be bothered - bring it on