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Tech Lowdown: MTD tools and Receipt Bank features for Sage users

28th Mar 2019
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Tech Lowdown

Welcome to our weekly round-up of the latest news and updates from the accounting tech world. 

This week, Tech Lowdown features Xero’s MTD tools, Receipt Bank’s updates for Sage users, Tipalti’s new partnerships, and the new Pandle’s mobile app editing features.

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Xero launches complimentary MTD tools

Xero has added free Making Tax Digital functionality to its VAT-supported products. The suite of features will be complimentary and won’t require upgrades or additional fees for existing users.

Xero’s suite of MTD-ready products feature a range of built-in functionality to provide a view of the VAT returns that are due, calculate how much VAT is due, identify the method of payment and keep a history of the filed VAT returns.

Xero will continue to support the use of spreadsheets to calculate VAT and keep records in conjunction with bridging software to upload VAT figures onto the Xero platform.

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Receipt Bank introduces updates for Sage users

This month, Receipt Bank is introducing Bank Match and outstanding paperwork updates for Sage Accounting users.

The new Bank Match feature is designed to speed up the reconciliation process so users no longer have to manually check between items submitted through Receipt Bank against items in the bank section of Sage Accounting.

Bank Match identifies items in Receipt Bank that correspond with existing transactions on the Bank Feed, enabling users to auto-fill payment details in the items. 

Additionally, Receipt Bank has announced a feature to optimise the process of communicating with clients who have outstanding paperwork to submit. The new feature, which is now available for Sage Accounting users on Receipt Bank Optimize, allows users to create reconciliation reports listing all items awaiting submission, which can be sent to the clients.

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Tipalti announces new financial management partnerships

Payables automation provider Tipalti has announced the addition of new financial management partnerships with the consulting firm Big Bang ERP, spend management platform Procurify and Tesorio, a cash flow performance platform. The partnerships will help organisations focus on growth instead of manual processes, have a more seamless experience with supplier payments, and further optimization of cash flow performance.

In line with this partnership expansion, Tipalti has announced it is building out their partner organisation with the addition of Zach Svendsen as director of business development and Alliances.

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Editing options added to Pandle mobile

Pandle has updated its accounting mobile app with new editing features to enable users to make quick bookkeeping changes from phones and tablets.

With editing tools recently added to Pandle Mobile, users can make corrections to quotes and invoices, as well as to customer and supplier information, such as addresses and contact details.


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