From the Oct. 2008 Review of W-2/1099 Compliance Programs
Convey Compliance offers the 1099Convey Software, a wage and information reporting system designed for use by accounting professionals or as an in-house corporate solution. The program offers compliance capabilities for all federal and state reporting requirements, with customizable report options and the ability to import from several file types. 1099Convey is offered in the following four versions: Essential, Essential+, Advantage and Ultimate. The primary differentiator in these versions is the number of transactions and users supported. All include the ability to prepare all form 1099s, along with 1098, W-2, W-2G, 941, 5498 and W-9. The Advantage and Ultimate versions add support for B-Notices, while Ultimate also includes form 1042-S. The base, single-user Essential program, which supports up to 3,000 transactions per year, costs $495.
Convey also offers several compliance service bureau functions, most notably through its Taxport Solution. Through this solutions, the vendor automatically manages all forms compliance and transmittals, including Puerto Rican and Canadian obligations, and produces and mails all payee statements.
Usability/Navigation - 4 Stars
The primary interface for 1099Convey is actually more of a resizable toolbar that provides only a few key icons for accessing the tax forms library, reporting output, and payer and recipient lists, along with a handful of pull-down menus. A third and final row on the toolbar offers links to forms that have been previously used in the system.
The program’s payer and recipient centers open within a new, customizable window that splits the screen to display a list of either payers or recipients that can be presented by TIN, short name, full name or account, with entity detail information to the right. The lists also offer basic search functions. The information screens also provide navigation options for scrolling between prior and subsequent entities, record duplication and notes features, and access to printing and Help options. Recipients are not grouped or sortable by employer/payer, nor are existing forms viewable or accessible from these lists.
Instead, forms are created from the forms library, which opens a data-entry screen that resembles the form selected and automatically performs calculations to W-2 withholdings as necessary. A form preview option is also available from this screen, offering a non-editable view of the actual form that can be printed, saved as a PDF or e-mailed from within 1099Convey. Data-entry screens include smart features such as selection lists for EIN and TIN/SSN, which automatically populates data for these areas, as well as ZIP Code recognition that fills in city and state. Within the form entry screen, the system also displays a list of all forms of the same type, with search functions similar to the recipient and payer lists. Also notable, 1099Convey interfaces with the IRS’ TIN matching program to help reduce B-Notices.
Reporting & Import/Export Capabilities - 4.5 Stars
The 1099Convey system can print forms and reports to plain or pre-printed paper and offers the ability to save reports as PDF or Excel files. It can also import data from Excel, ODBC and ASCII formats and has its own utility for e-mailing returns and reports. A service bureau option is available for outsourcing filing and printing and mailing of recipient copies. Reports include batch lists, payer and recipient lists, summaries, and transmittal reports.
Support for Paperless Transmission - 4.5 Stars
1099Convey offers electronic filing with the IRS and SSA via each agency’s online system, with a step-by-step guided process to aid users. State reports can be piggybacked onto federal filings.
Help/Training - 4 Stars
1099Convey includes a traditional index-based Help utility, along with links to a guided tour of the program and FAQs hosted on the Convey support website. Technical support is included with the system, while the company also offers a variety of online training options. Convey also produces a quarterly newsletter for its customers, highlighting regulatory changes, program updates and other issues related to year-end compliance.
2008 Overall Rating: 4.5 Stars