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The program’s reconciliation worksheets provide streamlined entry functions and quick identification of non-matching transactions, and a debit/credit checking tool for quick summary of GL balances. The optional Computer Checkbook System, provides check writing, payroll and payroll reporting features, and can also be used as a client-side bookkeeping system, with journal entries automatically created for transactions. Check writing features include the ability to produce both client and firm checks and deposit slips, with MICR printing.
Payroll functions enable live or after-the-fact processing and allow custom pay types and pre and post tax deductions, with all tax and withholding rates for all states included. It also offers options for processing employee Direct Deposits to multiple accounts and full reporting, with printing of W-2s, 1099s, forms 9410, 941 and 943, and state unemployment.
Also available is a fixed assets module that includes current rules, regulations, limits and excepts, helping to ease depreciation management processes and providing reports and integration with the accounting system for preparing financial statements.
Reporting & Financial Statements: 4 Stars
Client Write-Up includes full financial statement generation, with balance sheets, income statements, retained earnings, sales schedules, break evens and cash flow statements, and a built-in report writer that can be used to customize basic elements of these and the library of managerial reports. Additional customization can be achieved by exporting to these to Excel.
Other reports include tax estimates, budgeting, working capital, net sales to assets and trial balances. The program includes batch printing options that can be set individually for clients or across multiple clients, with up to five years of history. It also has options for managing consolidated reporting. Client invoicing is offered via a separate module.
Import/Export/Integration: 4 Stars
In addition to integration with the Computer Checkbook System, which offers client and firm check writing and posts transactions, Client Write-Up can import data from common file types, including QuickBooks, Excel, CSV and plain text, allowing for import of data from most payroll and time clock systems.
The system includes data review functions during import. The program can export data into Excel and plain text, as well as the proprietary format used by McDonald’s franchisees. Export is also available to formats for the Drake, TaxWise, ATX and TaxWorks systems. The vendor offers data conversions for more than 60 accounting programs, including systems that have been discontinued in years past.
Help & Support: 4 Stars
The built-in help functions in the program include a traditional indexed utility, F-1 access to field-specific help, a tutorial, practice sets, a system overview and links to online support. A printed user manual also comes with the program. Online support options include basic system updates and contact information. Live support is included with pricing.
Summary & Pricing
Client Write-Up for Windows is best suited to professionals who prefer a heads-down approach, providing options for managing clients of any size. It is a best fit for firms seeking an on-premise solution with greater functionality than off-the-shelf software, and who know the intricacies of write-up. Pricing remains unchanged at $795 for a single user version, and $895 for a version that can be used by any number of staff in an office. The Computer Checkbook module costs $295 the first year, and $145 per year thereafter.