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QuickBooks Payroll Alternative from PayrollMate.com provides SMBs and Accountants with High Quality Payroll Software for QuickBooks at an Affordable Price

Real Business Solutions (www.PayrollMate.com), a leading provider of payroll tax products, unveiled today an exciting new feature in its 2011 Payroll Mate payroll software. The professional payroll system now allows users to export payroll data to QuickBooks accounting software. With this new powerful addition Payroll Mate can be used as an affordable, yet powerful, alternative to QuickBooks Payroll.

“The QuickBooks payroll export wizard that ships with Payroll Mate is one of the most sophisticated, yet easy to use QuickBooks export utilities available in the industry. We invested a lot of engineering time to ensure that this new feature would work well for our customers.” says Payroll Mate product manager Nancy Walters.

If you use QuickBooks to manage your business and you’ve bee searching for a payroll software that integrates with QuickBooks, then Payroll Mate is definitely for you. With the advanced features in this payroll solution, SMBs can save a bundle by using Payroll Mate to prepare payroll and track payroll taxes and then post payroll data to QuickBooks at the end of the pay period. Payroll Mate is currently used by accountants, businesses, CPAs, churches, banks, professional tax preparers and payroll service providers.

A free evaluation of the Payroll Mate payroll software can be downloaded from thefree payroll software download page.

Payroll Mate is an excellent alternative to QuickBooks Payroll. Below is a short list of what this payroll software can do:

* Exports Payroll Data to QuickBooks software.
* Exports Payroll checks to Quicken and accounting software like Microsoft Office accounting.
* Supports the following payroll forms: 941, 940, 944, W-2, W-3, California DE-6 , California DE-7 , Texas C-3 , Texas C-4, New York NYS-45, Illinois 941 and Illinois UI-3/40.
* Automatically calculates federal payroll tax and state payroll tax withholding.
* Supports different types of pay periods including weekly, biweekly, semimonthly and monthly.
* Supports customizable income, tax and deductions categories.
* Supports income per mile and per piece.
* Supports fringe benefits.
* Generates comprehensive reports including payroll journal, tax liability and deposit requirement.
* Handle payroll deductions that are exempt from federal and state taxes like 401K retirement plans.
* Exports payroll reports to Excel, CSV and PDF.
* Prints on Laser and Inkjet checks.
* Prints on preprinted red scannable W2 forms and W3 forms.
* Free updates during the tax year.
* One step backup and restore.
* Runs over a network.
* Generates Direct Deposit Files.
* Ability to print MICR checks on blank check stock.

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Reed Accountancy Hosts Nationwide Interview Skills and CV Advice Evening for Part-Qualified Accountants

On Wednesday 3rd November, part-qualified (PQ) accountancy professionals will be able to sharpen up their interview skills and improve their CVs at one of 57 ‘PQ Recruitment Advice’ evenings run by PQ recruitment specialist Reed Accountancy.

The career development advice sessions are in Reed Accountancy’s offices throughout the UK, where PQs will also get a valuable insight into accountancy job opportunities currently available from Reed’s sector-specialist recruiters.

Reed Accountancy Divisional Director Gert Nzimiro commented: “Securing the right next job is a crucial step in a PQ’s career.”

“To help PQs boost their chances of landing their ideal role, we have organised these free recruitment advice sessions. At these events, Reed Accountancy’s recruitment experts will not only provide important CV and interview tips, but also hand out free career advice packs to PQs.”

Details of the nearest Reed Accountancy PQ Career Open Evening, which runs from 17:30 to 19:30, can be found by searching for your local Reed Accountancy office at http://www.reedglobal.com/contact-us/contact-us.php

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Bookkeeping Is Imperative For Large And Small Companies

Keeping accurate records and well organized data is important to the financial well being of companies big and small. Good bookkeeping may not directly contribute to the profits of a business, though some bookkeepers would argue this, it important to the to their fiscal well being. Besides the possibility of increasing profits, there are many important reasons to maintain accurate and organized records.

One of the most important reasons to maintain accurate records is in case the business needs to borrow money for an opportunity to grow or for other expenses. Lenders expect to see solid bookkeeping and to fully understand the solvency of a business before granting any loans. Bookkeepers must keep track of the money that the company or small business has, but also be able to determine whether the owner will qualify for funds in the future. Additionally, companies or small businesses that rely on outside financing to survive must regard this as a top priority.

Accurate bookkeeping is also important in generating data for owners and managers to make management decisions, whether this is on a daily, monthly or quarterly basis. Current ledgers will indicate accurately whether a customer is past due and which are carrying balances on their lines of credit. Without this information, the company cannot effectively respond to patterns of late payments or nonpayment of customers. Additionally, these losses over time will eventually hamper a companies ability to stay in business or have enough to grow.

Businesses also use their records to determine their financial stability. They can see if their gross profits are in line with their projections. Large or small business bookkeeping helps owners decide if the prices of their products and services are sufficient to cover their costs. Additionally, this information is critical at tax time. Accurate income and expenditures are a must for a company to figure their tax liabilities for the IRS.

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ezPaycheck, Robust and Simple In-house Payroll Solutions for Small Businesses

Small businesses can now get feature-loaded in-house payroll software, ezPaycheck 2010 from halfpricesoft.com, that is easy to use even for people with no accounting background. This in-house payroll software run on users’ own computers offers more efficiency, security and control than other payroll options for much greater cost savings.

“We believe payroll and tax software should be designed for the non-technical people who are actual end-users,” explains Mark Ge, President and Founder of halfpricesoft.com. “We always keep in mind that our customers are small business owners, not computer whizzes or financial gurus. But that makes them the best possible people to listen to when designing payroll software, so we include them as members of our design team.”

Small business owners love ezPaycheck payroll software because it is simple and flexible to use, handles all their payroll needs and is very affordable. ezPaycheck payroll tax application is designed for use by non-accountants with minimal computer skills. However, even accountants like it because it is so flexible and supports unlimited accounts with one flat rate.

ezPaycheck 2010’s interface is so intuitive and user-friendly that first time users can start calculating payroll and printing paychecks immediately. The long learning curve typically associated with financial software is non-existent with ezPaycheck, even if the user does not have an accounting background.

Main features of ezPaycheck in-house payroll software include:

– Up to date tax tables for all 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C. and federal taxes
– Capability for adding local tax rates
– Automatically calculate tips, commissions, federal withholding tax, Social Security, Medicare tax, employer unemployment taxes, and other pre-tax and post-tax deductions
– Print paychecks using a standard laser printer on blank computer checks or preprinted checks
– Use check-in-middle, check-on-top, or check-at-bottom check stock formats
– Able to print MICR numbers on blank check stock to save on pre-printed checks
– Print signature image on checks for a customized look
– Built-in report functions users can customize
– Calculate and print daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly and monthly payroll periods
– Option for masking employees’ Social Security Numbers on check stubs
– Compile and print forms W2s, W3, 940 and 941
– Unlimited free technical support

With license keys starting at only $89 per installation, ezPaycheck 2010 is an affordable accounting payroll and check printing software solution for any business—no matter how small the business is. ezPaycheck 2010 also supports payroll tracking for multiple businesses, making it perfect for accountants and entrepreneurs with multiple businesses.

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ezPaycheck 2010: Powerful Payroll Software Simple Enough for Anyone

Changing from running payroll by hand to computerized payroll can be quick and painless for small businesses. ezPaycheck 2010 from Halfpricesoft.com is an amazingly robust yet easy-to-use payroll software designed for non-accountant business owners.

ezPaycheck 2010’s institutive interface is so easy to understand that even people with minimal computer skills can start running payroll and printing paychecks as soon as it’s downloaded and installed. Users simply select the activity they want to do and the graphical interface walks them step by step through the process as users point and click to make selections and choices. Explanations for each step are clear and easy to follow, with a minimal number of choices on each screen so decisions are quick and easy.

“Business owners should spend their time running their business, not running their payroll,” said Halfpricesoft.com founder Dr. Ge. ‘Yet payroll is a critical component of any business and can’t be ignored. That’s why we engineered ezPaycheck 2010 so that anyone that knows how to point and click with a computer mouse can run it.”

ezPaycheck 2010 payroll software is also simple risk-free to test drive. Business owners can download the free trial software and use the included sample database to explore ezPaycheck 2010’s many features. All the features of the full version are included in the trial version except check printing – so customers can even try the software with their own payroll data. Download the trial version of ezPaycheck 2010 at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp.

Once the business owner is satisfied that ezPaycheck 2010 is the right solution for their business, they simply purchase a license key – just $89 per installation – to unlock the paycheck printing feature. Customers can have ezPaycheck 2010 completely set up with their own payroll data and run payroll tests before purchasing the license key – so they can be absolutely certain that ezPaycheck 2010 meets their needs.

Despite its simplicity and ease of use, business owners should not mistakenly think ezPaycheck 2010 is short on features. ezPaycheck 2010 is packed with all the features a small business needs to run payroll quickly and easily, including:

– Up to date tax tables for all 50 U.S. states, Washington D.C. and federal taxes
– Capability for adding local tax rates
– Automatically calculate tips, commissions, federal withholding tax, Social Security, Medicare tax, employer unemployment taxes, and other pre-tax and post-tax deductions
– Print paychecks using a standard laser printer on blank computer checks or preprinted checks
– Use check-in-middle, check-on-top, or check-at-bottom check stock formats
– Able to print MICR numbers on blank check stock to save on pre-printed checks
– Print signature image and logos on checks for a customized look
– Built-in report functions users can customize
– Calculate and print daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly and monthly payroll periods
– Option for masking employees’ Social Security Numbers on check stubs
– Compile and print federal tax forms 940 and 941
– Unlimited free technical support

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CPA Site Solutions Named to 2010 Inc. 5000 List of Fastest Growing Private Companies

CPA Site Solutions, a provider of CPA websites, was just named to the prestigious Inc. 5000 list, a compendium of the fastest growing private companies in America.

“I’ve wanted to make Inc. Magazine’s list since I was 16 and dreaming of being a successful entrepreneur,” comments Brian O’Connell, President of CPA Site Solutions.  “Thirty years later my dream came true – and I owe it all to our fabulous team for making it possible,” O’Connell adds.

CPA Site Solutions was honored as the 1313th fastest growing private company in America , with an extraordinary three-year growth rate of 223%.

“On the heels of an excellent year, CPA Site Solutions is poised for future growth,” continues O’Connell. “Technology and Web-based services are increasingly important in the accounting field. We truly enjoy providing accountants with the fully loaded websites they need to excel in today’s environment.”

An Innovative Company in a Small State

CPA Site Solutions was founded in Winooski , Vermont , in 1999 by Brian and Kathy O’Connell, CPA. It was the first company to be devoted solely to websites for accountants.

The small company with 16 employees was named the 3rd fastest growing company in Vermont .

“We’re very proud to be a leader among small businesses in Vermont ,” says O’Connell. “We love this state, and we find it an excellent place to run a successful company while enjoying work-life balance.”

The Inc. 5000 Distinction

The Inc. 5000 list, produced by Inc. Magazine, represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Music website Pandora, convenience store chain 7-Eleven, Brooklyn Brewery, and Radio Flyer – maker of the iconic children’s red wagon – are among the prominent brands featured on this year’s list.

“The leaders of the companies on this year’s Inc. 5000 have figured out how to grow their businesses during the longest recession since the Great Depression,” said Inc. president Bob LaPointe. “The 2010 Inc. 5000 showcases a particularly hardy group of entrepreneurs.”

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Brookson Introduce New Specialist Services

Brookson have further enhanced their service offering in a number of key areas, with an Overseas Service, Legal Services, Company Secretarial and Tax and Accountancy Services.

Accountants Brookson understand their customers can bring with them a totally unique portfolio of circumstances that affect the way they operate. By providing access a comprehensive range of services that may be needed throughout the journey as a self-employed individual.

The Specialist Company Secretarial Service will assist Limited company customers with the maintenance of statutory records and registers, use of a registered address and a host of other services.

Their specialist tax and accountancy service recognises that everyone has different levels of complexity when it comes to tax and accountancy needs, with their professionally qualified in-house specialists on hand to help. Matt Fryer Tax manager at Brookson comments “This service ensures that Brookson is a “one stop shop” for all customers’ tax and accountancy needs, whether related to their self-employed business or not.”

Brookson’s specialist Overseas Services will be a comprehensive set of services provided to meet increasing demand for advice relating to working outside the UK. This specialist service allows customers to take care of their continuing UK tax and accountancy obligations as well as introducing them to a business partner who will provide a compliant overseas solution. With the current economic climate encouraging more self employed freelance professionals to consider projects outside of the UK, the government is intent on tightening the tax regime covering overseas work, therefore making it even more essential than ever to seek professional advice.

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Easier & Safer Payroll Operations for Small Businesses: ezPaycheck 2010

Small business owners cut payroll time and expenses in half with ezPaycheck 2010 – payroll software designed for the non-accountant. Free 30-day trial available for download.

Small business owners no longer have to toil for hours doing payroll by hand or stare in frustration at payroll software that is complicated and unwieldy. Now small business owners have a payroll solution available that saves time and money without needing an accounting or information technology degree.

ezPaycheck 2010 from Halfpricesoft.com offers all the small business features available in high-end payroll software, but delivers it at an affordable price – starting at just $89 per installation – and with a system designed for the non-accountant.

Doing payroll by hand is risky business. It’s far too easy to make a wrong calculation or other error that will quickly have employees, banks and the IRS breathing down the business owner’s neck. But ezPaycheck 2010 calculates taxes and deductions automatically, eliminating almost all errors. Plus, in-house off-line payroll processing limites access to payroll data so business owners don’t have to worry about someone sneaking a peek into the “books.”

Business owners can save thousands of dollars over hiring an accountant by using ezPaycheck 2010 instead, and ezPaycheck saves hours of frustration over doing payroll by hand. The interface is intuitive and designed to be used by business owners – not accountants. Any user can sit down and start using ezPaycheck 2010 right away, with no learning curve – it’s that easy!

“Small business owners shouldn’t be spending hour after hour setting up and learning to use payroll software,” said Halfpricesoft.com founder Dr. Ge. “We designed ezPaycheck to be powerful, yet simple, so anyone can use it, and ezPaycheck 2010 is the most easy-to-use version to date.”

Business owners can try ezPaycheck totally free for 30 days – without risk or obligation. The full-version software can be downloaded for free at http://www.halfpricesoft.com to start the free trial session. The download contains all the features and functions available with ezPaycheck 2010, so business owners can be confident that it will meet their needs. After 30 days, business owners will have to purchase a license key to continue using ezPaycheck 2010. License keys start at just $89 per installation.

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Small Buisnesses Mid-Year Payroll Tax Solution

ezPaycheck 2010 payroll software, from Halfpricesoft.com, makes it simple and easy to change payroll software or begin using payroll software for the first time – even for companies in the middle of their fiscal year. Traditionally, small businesses have had two choices for automating their payroll. Either purchase expensive, complicated software with more functions than they need or hire an accountant. Designed specifically to be run by business owners or managers without training as an accountant, ezPaycheck provides all the features a small business needs without a hefty price tag, complicated interfaces or features they won’t use.

But one thing often stands in the way of making this change for improvement…

“We’ve heard from many customers that they held off changing to ezPaycheck for too long because they feared the momentous task of transferring data mid-year, and the window for such a change between fiscal years is very small,” said Halfpricesoft.com founder Dr. Ge. “But when they finally did it, they found it was incredibly easy to make the change, even in mid year. We want to get this information out to other business owners and managers before they wait longer than they need to.”

Forms for entering year-to-date data on ezPaycheck’s intuitive interface has always been simple, but the 2010 edition includes enhancements that makes the software even more user friendly. The easy-to-use interface enables businesses to convert over to ezPaycheck in just a few hours — not days. Smaller companies will spend even less time on the conversion.

At only $89 per installation, ezPaycheck 2010 is affordable for any business—no matter how large or how small. Business owners and payroll managers can try ezPaycheck 2010 totally risk free by downloading it from www.halfpricesoft.com. This fully functional version is free to try without obligation for 30 days. A sample database is included with the download package to make sampling ezPaycheck 2010 payroll software even easier, so no time is wasted entering test data. After the trial period, a license key must be purchased for continued use. All the data user entered will stay there.

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Brookson Release iDirector Their 1st iPhone Application

iDirector is a new iPhone application developed to provide freelancers 24/7 access to their account. Limited Company accountant Brookson, have invested in this new technology to further enhance the service available to their customers. This new innovative app will allow customers to:

Brookson Release iDirector Their 1st iPhone Application

• Create and submit invoices via their iPhone.
• View invoice statements and email direct to their email address outlining how much they can pay themselves.
• Confirm their dividend payments.
• View their latest cash statement from Brookson which outlines their company’s financial position.

This is going to be first in a long line of new innovations to the Brookson service with iPhone apps being developed for their Umbrella company customers called iPAYE and for their Sole Trader customer s called iSolo.

Brookson have also committed to developing similar applications on other platforms such as Android, Windows Mobile and Blackberry to ensure they are catering for the whole smart phone market and the majority of their customer base.

Brookson are investing in a robust and efficient technology infrastructure in order to drive the online and m-commerce innovation that is currently being experienced by their customers. This investment is necessary if Brookson are to achieve their strategy of significantly increasing their market share of the self employed accountancy market.

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Simple Payroll Tax and Check Printing Software for Small Business and Accountants

Managing payroll can be a pain for small business owners. Most business owners are not accountants and many do not have accountants on staff. In the past this has meant that most small businesses either paid big bucks to outsource their payroll to an accounting firm or the owner spent hours and hours learning to use complicated payroll software.

But now ezPaycheck 2010, the payroll and check printing software, from Halfpricesoft.com gives small and mid-size businesses another option. The interface for this popular business software is so intuitive and user-friendly that first time users without an accounting background can start doing payroll immediately after installation. There is no long learning curve like there usually is with financial software.

“We intentionally engineered this software for business owners who are not professional accountants and payroll tax experts,” said Halfpricesoft.com founder Dr. Ge. “We believe small business software should be simple – stupid simple – so that business owners can focus their time and energy on running their businesses, not trying to figure out how to run payroll software.”

Despite its easy-to-use nature, ezPaycheck 2010 does not leave businesses short on features. Rather, ezPaycheck 2010 has all the options and flexibility for doing payroll and printing checks as higher-priced software that is difficult to use. ezPaycheck 2010 includes all these features and more:

– Current tax tables and calculations for all 50 states and D.C
– Flexibility for adding local tax rates
– Print checks on blank computer checks or preprinted checks
– Federal Withholding Tax, Social Security, Medicare Tax and Employer Unemployment Taxes calculated automatically
– Support for daily, weekly, biweekly, semimonthly and monthly payroll periods
– Print Form 940 and Form 941 for federal tax return
– A variety of report functions
– Unlimited free technical support

With license keys starting at only $89 per installation, ezPaycheck 2010 is an affordable payroll and check printing software solution for any business—no matter how small the business is. ezPaycheck 2010 also supports payroll tracking for multiple businesses, making it perfect for accountants and entrepreneurs with multiple businesses.

Business owners and managers can try ezPaycheck 2010 without cost or obligation to ensure they like the software and that it meets their needs before purchasing it. The latest version of the software can be downloaded for free at http://www.halfpricesoft.com/index.asp. This is the complete software with all included features, except check printing, available for a full 30-day trial. Purchase of a license key unlocks the software for complete, unlimited use.

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CPA Site Solutions Announces QuickBooks Online Backup Giveaway

CPA Site Solutions, a provider of websites for CPAs and accountants, has announced a one-day giveaway of its QuickBooks online backup solution on June 1, 2010. CPA Site Solutions will give away online backup service for QuickBooks files to the first 100 accounting firms and financial professionals to request it on June 1. The promotion kicks off a new service offered by CPA Site Solutions: The Protector, an online backup solution.

“Backing up your data online is critical for financial professionals,” comments Brian O’Connell, President of CPA Site Solutions. “Online backup is much more secure than traditional backup methods.”

The first 100 firms to respond not only get their QuickBooks files backed up, but they can also offer this same QuickBooks backup service to their clients. Both accountants and their clients can keep the service, without charge, for 3 years.

Additionally, CPA Site Solutions is giving away the QuickBooks backup service to each of its nearly 4,000 accounting clients.

O’Connell says, “We’re delighted to give away this service to help accountants and financial professionals.”

The Protector: Easy and Secure

CPA Site Solutions’s online backup solution, The Protector, installs with a few clicks in less than a minute. It’s fully automated – once installed, it runs on its own. Files are stored off-site, fully protected.

Data is encrypted with the same high-level security algorithm used by banks and government agencies. No one but the accountant has access to the files.

“Many small business owners aren’t backing up their files because it’s too complicated and time consuming. The Protector is a simple solution to that problem,” says O’Connell.

The first 100 accountants to respond on June 1, 2010 will receive the free service to back up their QuickBooks files. They can also choose anytime to buy The Protector, which will back up all their files, up to 50 GB, for $29.95/month. An additional 25 GB of space is available for $9.95/month.

Accountants and financial professionals who want to take advantage of this offer can visit http://www.cpasitesolutions.com/youget/cpa-website-tools/free-qb-backup-offer.php on June 1, 2010. Registration begins at 8:00 AM EST.

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Brookson Has Announced The Appointment Of Some Key Positions Within Their Information Systems Department

Accountancy and umbrella company provider Brookson, has appointed new IS Manager Robin Candy, Support Manager Gerrard Singleton and Project Manager Craig Russell.

These appointments are central to the implementation of a number of new initiatives currently being undertaken by Brookson, including the recent introduction of Microsoft Dynamics CRM system, which allows the virtualisation of 24 servers down to 6 and upgrading software business wide. The changes are all intended to improve the current service offering to their 9000 customers working through their own limited company, as a sole trader or as an employee of Brookson’s umbrella company.

Robin Candy recently joined Brookson from Morgan Stanley’s UK residential mortgage business wehere he held the position of IT director and was responsible for support, development and testing. Robin was also part of an award winning team who developed an online mortgage approval and underwriting solution that processed over £3 Billion of mortgages in the first 12 months. Robin said: “Moving to Brookson was an easy choice, due their focus on technology and aspirations to constantly improve their services.”

Gerrard Singleton has arrived after previously working for Cegedim Rx in Leyland and brings with him of 15 years experience in IT Support. “Working for a progressive company who continue to use cutting edge technology is always attractive to anyone working in IT,” said Gerrard. “I’m looking forward to developing not only Brookson’s service offering but also the skills and capabilities of the team in general.”

Craig Russell has been working in Programme Management for over a decade and has worked for a number of large projects including implementing SAP in 38 entities across 7 European Countries. Craig sees his role at Brookson as being ‘to provide the necessary controls and infrastructure that are vital for projects to succeed.’

Brookson’s service is ideally suited for individuals looking to set up in business, either as a sole trader or through a limited company. Small business owners often require more support from their accountant than just the completion of year-end accounts and tax returns. Brookson provide a variety of online tools, such as financial statements, that keeps the business owner in financial control of their business and working compliantly.

Brookson recognise technology has an essential role to play in delivering next generation accountancy services to the self-employed. They believe that the skills required by a modern accountancy business go well beyond accountancy skills alone; the modern accountancy business requires the expertise of individuals that are able to build and support an IT infrstature for both operational service delivery as well as online customer facing service delivery. These latest appointments significantly strengthen Brookson’s Information Systems skill base.

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Brookson Has Embarked Upon A Major Infrastructure Upgrade Program With The Introduction Of A Number Of New Products

The accountancy support services provider and Umbrella Company has recently introduced 2010 versions of Microsoft exchange and Microsoft SharePoint. The introduction of Exchange will provide more integrated communication and improved efficiencies regarding emails around the business, while SharePoint provides a far more dexterous document management capability, consolidating the way Brookson store documents, information and consequently how they manage data.

The project also sees the virtualisation of more than 24 physical servers onto 6 virtual hosts. This provides a number of benefits such as less power consumption due to reduced need for cooling the servers, faster deployment of applications business wide, easier maintenance and increased reliability.

These changes are intended to improve the efficiency of the services provided by Brookson to its 9000 customers working through a Limited company, as a sole trader or as employees of Brookson’s umbrella company.

Lee Kingshott, Information Systems Director at Brookson, commented, “New technology is something Brookson continue to invest in. With our current aspirations to revolutionise the accountancy market, improving our in house technology is critical to improving our customer experience and these recent changes are another big step in further enhancing our services.”

Paul Sweeney, Managing Director at ANS Group added, “ANS Group aim to provide cutting edge technology solutions to our customers and it’s great to work with forward thinking organisations such as Brookson. Our solutions are focused on improving business efficiency and enhancing the end user’s productivity and collaboration experience.”

Brookson is investing in a robust and efficient technology infrastructure in order to drive the online innovation that is currently being experienced by its customers. This investment is necessary if Brookson is to achieve its strategy of significantly increasing its market share of the self employed accountancy market.

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Brookson Announces Partnership With Liveperson

Brookson, a specialist accountancy and support services provider has chosen Liveperson as a strategic partner to provide live web chat capabilities for Brookson’s website.

Brookson Announces Partnership With Liveperson

The software allows Brookson’s new business consultants to interact with prospective customers as they browse Brookson’s website. Prospective customers invariably have questions on a wide variety of issues that need to be answered before making a decision about whether self employed working is for them. Self employed working may not be the best option; working through Brookson’s umbrella company is a popular option. Liveperson allows consultants to expand on the guidance provided online so visitors can make an informed choice about the way of working that suits their individual needs.

With Liveperson Brookson’s consultants are able to engage with prospective customers as they read the website page by page. Brookson want to make life simpler and easier for Limited Company and sole trader professionals therefore they are looking to engage in a way that best suits the individual. Some individuals prefer to chat online because it may be impractical to have a conversation at that time or it may be that online chat is their preferred method of contact.

Head of New Business, Andrew Sloan commented: “In today’s climate, self employedprofessionals browse the internet to find accountancy services. By utilising this contact method, discussing the content as they read through the website, we are able to provide prospective customers with a clear understanding of why Brookson is so different to the services offered by a traditional high street accountant.”

This latest service improvement is another in a long line of technological enhancements to the Brookson service in recent months. Brookson’s stated strategy is to “revolutionise the small business accountancy market” and the web plays a significant part in this strategy both in terms of winning new customers and servicing the needs of existing customers.

Brookson’s service is ideally suited for individuals looking to set up in business, either as a sole trader or through a limited company. Business owners often require more support from their accountant than just the completion of year-end accounts and tax returns. Brookson provide a variety of online tools, such as financial statements, that keep the business owner in financial control of their business and working compliantly. Online chat complements a service that relies on clever use of the web.

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Use W2 Mate Software to Print and E-File QuickBooks 1099-MISC, QuickBooks 1099-INT, QuickBooks 1099-DIV and QuickBooks 1099-R Forms

W2 Mate, the W2 1099 E-file software, gives QB users an affordable solution for IRS electronic reporting of QuickBooks 1099 and W-2 tax forms. The tax software can e-file QuickBooks 1099’s with IRS FIRE System & W2’s through SSA EFW2 format.

Real Business Solutions , a leading provider of payroll and tax reporting solutions, invites QB users to try the state-of-the-art QuickBooks W2 and 1099 import wizard available in its W2 Mate software. W2 Mate, W2 1099 filing software, is loaded with features that make it easy and fast for businesses and tax professionals to prepare, print and e-file QuickBooks 1099 forms including 1099-MISC, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, W-2 and 1099-R.

“The QuickBooks import wizard that ships with W2 Mate is one of the most sophisticated, yet easy to use QB import utilities available in the industry. W2 Mate directly connects to QuickBooks and extracts the information needed to print and electronically file QuickBooks 1099s and W2s.” says W2 Mate product manager Nancy Walters.

If your vendor 1099 information or employee W-2 information resides inside QuickBooks and you are looking for a 1099 software to prepare your QuickBooks 1099 forms or W2 forms then W2 Mate is definitely for you. Once the 1099 tax data is inside W2 Mate, the user can print recipient copies, generate recipient copies as PDF (to be emailed), print 1099 Copy A for the IRS, print 1096 transmittal for the IRS, or e-file electronically through IRS FIRE system. On the W-2 side, once the data is imported from QuickBooks, the user can print employee copies, generate employee W2’s as PDF (to be emailed), print W-2 Copy A for the government, print W-3 transmittal for the SSA, or e-file electronically by using the EFW2 format.

Interested QuickBooks users can download our free 1099 software demo and see for themselves how easy it’s to print and e-file QuickBooks year-end tax forms.

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1099 Electronic Filing for 2009 / 2010

W2 Mate, 1099 electronic filing software, allows business filers and accountants to meet IRS 1099 E-File requirements by providing a powerful solution for electronic reporting of 1099-MISC, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV and 1099-R.

Real Business Solutions (www.RealTaxTools.com), the maker of W2 Mate W-2/1099 filing system, reminds businesses and tax professionals of the 1099 electronic filing due date, which is March 31, 2010. W2 Mate, 1099 electronic filing software, is packed with features that make it easier than ever to create, print, import, process and e-file 1099 forms.

1099 Electronic Filing is a chore, but it doesn’t have to be. This is why we built W2 Mate. A powerful, yet very affordable,1099 software that takes the complexity out of year-end-reporting by providing the right tools to E-file W2 forms with the SSA and E-File 1099 forms with the IRS” says W2 Mate product manager Nancy Walters.

W2 Mate W2 1099 software offers support for paperless (electronic) and paper (print) of wage and information returns 1099-MISC, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-R and W-2.

W2 Mate meets the 1099 electronic filing requirements of the Internal Revenue Services and a number of state departments of revenue by proving the ability to generate files in the IRS 1099 electronic filing format. The W2 1099 software also fully supports the EFW2 format for e-filing  W2’s with the Social Security Administration and states that accept EFW2 submissions. For interested filers, a free 1099 software demo can be downloaded by visiting the product’s page.

Some of the features of this comprehensive, industrial-strength IRS 1099 electronic filing software include:

– Complies with IRS Publication 1220 (Specifications for Filing Forms 1099-MISC, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-R) Electronically
– Complies with SSA Specifications for Filing Forms W-2 Electronically (EFW2).
– Handles an unlimited number of payers and recipients for preparation of forms 1099-MISC, 1099-INT, 1099-DIV, 1099-R and W-2.
– Eliminates the need for buying Forms W2 Copy A and W3 by printing government-approved laser substitutes for these forms on plain white paper
– Eliminates need to print and mail recipient copies of 1099-MISC form or employee copies of W2 form. This software generates electronic employee copies of W2 Form and electronic recipient statements of 1099 MISC form in – Adobe PDF format with password protection for security purposes.
– Imports data for W2 and 1099 forms from CSV files
– Imports data directly from QuickBooks, which removes the “800 Form” / “$10 Million payroll” maximum
– This 1099-MISC software exports W2 and 1099 data (employer, employee, payer and 1099 recipient information) to Excel format
– Prints 1099 forms on blank paper and preprinted red-ink laser forms.
– Automatically generates 1096 and W3 transmittals.

Meet the 2009 / 2010 1099 electronic filing deadline. Download W2 Mate and e-File 1099s in minutes.

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Brookson Introduce New Opal Telecom Telephone System

Brookson has installed a new Opal Telecom telephone system, including Mitel hardware and software, across its whole business.

Brookson, a leading accountancy and umbrella company services provider, has introduced this new system to improve their customer services offering.

The new Mitel 5000 CP system allows Brookson to route calls more efficiently to the relevant experts and ensure callers receive a hassle free experience when contacting different areas within the business. The software also provides more reporting capabilities including monitoring calls and call volumes.

The move will also ensure self employed specialist accountants Brookson maximise their call efficiencies as the new software will allow simultaneous running of both PCs and the telephone system on one network.

Head of Customer Services, Peter Metcalf commented: “The introduction of this new technology is a massive step forward in terms of our service offering, allowing the business to manage increased call volumes more efficiently, ultimately leading to an even more professional service.”

Brookson’s service is ideally suited for individuals looking to set up in business, either as a sole trader or limited company, who often require more support from their accountant than just the completion of year-end accounts and tax returns. Brookson’s revolutionary approach to accountancy reduces the administrative burden of day to day bookkeeping and the time consuming administration for our customers. Brookson do the accounting so their customers do not have to. Key to its successful ‘day to day’ service is a dedicated Customer Service Team that speak to customers on a regular basis providing specialist accountancy advice. As a result, Brookson has considerable call volumes to manage on a daily basis.

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Brookson Has Improved Its Identification Assessment Process By Introducing Experian Software For Its Customer ID Checks

Brookson, a leading accountancy, tax and support services provider to the self employed, has selected Experian as the ideal partner for its Identification Software. Experian’s Authenticate Pro and Validator Plus products will be used to verify the new customers and will dramatically reduce the time it takes Brookson to complete their customer take on process.

Brookson Has Improved Its Identification Assessment Process By Introducing Experian Software For Its Customer ID Checks

Brookson’s umbrella company customers work with a wide range of recruitment businesses. The Experian partnership enables Brookson to continue to be a compliant service provider while meeting the speed of set up required by both its contractor customers and the recruitment businesses. If contractors are delayed in taking up opportunities it costs the contractor and the agency money.

Authenticate Pro accurately verifies the identity of new customers by referencing applicant details against Experian’s data sources to obtain a ‘pass’, ‘fail’ or ‘refer’ with regards to their identity. Where a ‘fail’ or ‘refer’ is signalled, a supporting tool called Validate Plus performs a remote check on information contained in official documents, such as a passport number, without the customer having to part with these.

Andrew Sloan, Head of New Business at Brookson, explained: “Introducing new and innovative solutions is something Brookson continue to demonstrate across both its limited company and umbrella company service lines. This latest addition will further streamline our joining process, in many cases allowing customers to join on the same day, provided relevant checks are passed.”

Stuart Johnston, Managing Director at Experian QAS added: “The authentication process plays a crucial part in improving business efficiencies in the financial services market: it affects the customer experience, the staff workload and the compliance levels of the company. It’s great that Brookson is integrating our product range so effectively, combining Validate Plus and Authenticate Pro to offer efficient and rapid validation of customer details and make the customer acquisition process less of a headache.”

With more initiatives in the wings, Brookson is looking to significantly increase its customer base across all services lines and continue to improve the quality of service it provides to limited company, sole trader and umbrella company customers. The new Experian software will make the joining process more efficient while delivering a better joining experience for the customer.

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Brookson Completes 2010 Strategic Recruitment Programme

Brookson, a leading tax accountant and support services provider, has completed its strategic recruitment drive to help strengthen its existing senior team in preparation for extensive 2010 growth plans.

The senior management team appointments consist of new sales and marketing director, Chris Bowden, head of group marketing, Sandi Rowley, and head of new business, Andrew Sloan. These sales appointments together with recent appointments in operations and IT build on Brookson’s tax accountant expertise to create a team with the appropriate depth of experience to achieve its growth plans.

Chris Bowden, 42, has over 20 years experience in global logistics, specialising in corporate account management and sales. Chris joins from FedEx where he managed large multinational, global accounts including Rolls-Royce, Microsoft, Dell and HP.

Appointed to communicate the development and modernisation of Brookson services through numerous new marketing channels, Chris will reaffirm Brookson’s commitment to support its customers with the latest technological innovations.

Chris will be challenged with building multi channel strategies across all Brookson service lines including limited company, sole trader and umbrella company service lines.

Sandi Rowley is a highly accredited B2B marketer and joins the Brookson team from Alliance and Leicester commercial banking, with over 21 years of direct marketing experience in the finance industry. Tasked with ambitiously growing the business through the integration of key marketing channels, Sandi will be using direct and digital strategies to support new initiatives that will position the company at the forefront of accountancy services. Sandi’s experience at A&L marketing products and services to entrepreneurs looking to set up a business will be invaluable to Brookson.

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