Thomson Reuters - Accounting CS Payroll
Best Fit Accounting firms who use the Accounting CS application to work with clients on payroll and bookkeeping, as well as accounting professionals who use other CS Professional Suite tools for accounting, tax or document management.
From the Sept. 2011 Review of Professional Payroll Programs
Accounting CS Payroll is intended for accounting professionals who process large volumes of payroll for clients. Initially released in spring of 2010, the system is designed for quick data entry and can handle a variety of simple or complex payroll needs.
BASIC SYSTEM FUNCTIONS:
Accounting CS Payroll may be installed on a standalone computer, in a network environment or as a hosted solution through Thomson Reuters. Navigation is intuitive, and users of the Thomson Reuters CS Professional Suite of applications will immediately note several similarities, as the system was built on the same platform and database structure as Practice CS. Each screen is designed for quick and easy data entry. Multi-user licenses are available, and users can simultaneously access the same file. This allows staff members to perform payroll and accounting functions at the same time.
Accounting CS Payroll opens to the default dashboard, which details all state and local tax authorities currently setup within the system. This provides a quick reference for upcoming due dates and filing requirements for each jurisdiction. The dashboard is fully customizable and may contain a variety of Help resources, Internet pages, product updates and notification information.
Users may easily toggle between clients using a drop-down client listing at the top of the screen. This allows users to perform multiple tasks on multiple clients without the time-consuming chore of opening and closing client files. The payroll process consists of importing employee time information through a variety of available methods and reviewing the resulting payroll calculations. Prior to running the payroll, a report is available to show cash needs and allows for adding, adjusting or removing employee paychecks as necessary. An after-the-fact payroll feature is included and allows gross-up payroll entry for client checks. All data is entered through a spreadsheet-style worksheet and is directly integrated into the appropriate monthly or quarterly tax forms.
All federal, state and most local payroll taxes are supported. When setting up clients, users may access a location feature within Accounting CS Payroll that identifies taxes and taxing authorities associated with the company’s location. This feature automatically adds appropriate tax jurisdiction authority and payment information to a company file in Accounting CS Payroll, which may quickly be added to new or existing employees with little user effort. Each client file may contain an unlimited number of employees, with each employee paycheck containing an unlimited number of pay rates and deduction items. Each employee paycheck may be assigned to multiple locations or departments and may be allocated by percentage or hours worked. Direct deposit is included in the licensing costs and includes support for an unlimited number of bank and investment accounts. Prepaid debit cards are available and may be used by employees for an additional fee arrangement through a variety of financial institutions.