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October 2011


EG Systems, Inc. — The W-2/1099 Filer

800-264-3155    2011 Overall Rating 4.75 Best Fit Professional practices with large client rosters for whom they provide year-end reporting. Strengths Excellent multi-client management functionality. Comprehensive state, federal & local form support. Multiple batch filing & printing options. Good integration capabilities. Barcoding of W-2s & SSN masking. Automated, free web-based data backup. Potential Limitations […]

Isaac M. O'Bannon


Advanced Micro Solutions — 1099-Etc

800-536-1099    2011 Overall Rating 4.5 Best Fit Accounting practices performing after-the-fact payroll, quarterly and year-end information reporting for multiple clients. Strengths Excellent interface, client management screens. Extensive federal, state & local forms library along with e-filing. Option for outsourcing printing & mailing of all recipient copies. Imports from outside accounting & other programs […]

Isaac M. O'Bannon


IDMS, Inc. — Account Ability Tax Form Preparation

888-IDMS-inc (436-7462)    2011 Overall Rating 4.5 Best Fit Professionals with multiple mid- to large-sized clients managing year-end compliance and ATF payroll for multiple entities. Strengths Multiple data-entry views, management dashboards. Good managerial reporting options, output formats. Print & mail outsourced service. Strong Help utility & assistive features. Built-in document management with secure emailing. […]

Isaac M. O'Bannon


Spokane Computer, Inc. — MAG-FILER

866-440-5471    2011 Overall Rating 4.25 Best Fit Practices seeking a simple system for managing multiple clients, with support for all federal and state year-end compliance requirements. Strengths Intuitive interface, client management screens. Import from Microsoft Excel, QuickBooks, Sage Peachtree & text files. Multiple file output options. Print/mail service bureau option. Potential Limitations No […]

Isaac M. O'Bannon


AccountantsWorld — After-the-Fact Payroll

866-999-1366    2011 Overall Rating 4.75 Best Fit Firms managing year-end compliance and ATF payroll for multiple entities. Strengths Strong multi-client views, dashboards. Web-based system provides remote access. Integration with larger web-based suite. Comprehensive forms support. Electronic filing of federal and state quarterly forms, W-2 and 1099   Potential Limitations No built-in invoicing functionality, […]

Isaac M. O'Bannon


American Riviera Software Corp. — Magtax Professional

805-504-1366   2011 Overall Rating 4.75 Best Fit Firms managing year-end compliance for multiple businesses, with built-in electronic filing for federal and supported states. Strengths Comprehensive forms, reporting capabilities. Output to various file formats. Excellent QuickBooks integration. Strong Help utility/assistive features. Potential Limitations No built-in invoicing functionality. Does not provide 940-series forms.   Summary […]

Isaac M. O'Bannon


1099 Fire — 1099 Fire and W-2 Fire

480-460-9311   2011 Overall Rating 4 Best Fit Small and mid-sized businesses; for in-house use, although it does support multiple EINs. Strengths Multiple options for print, e-filing, various forms. Good multi-staff access capabilities. Outsourced print/mail service option. Potential Limitations Basic multi-client management utilities. Limited built-in help functionality.   Summary & Pricing The 1099 Fire […]

Isaac M. O'Bannon


What Today’s Most Trusted Advisor Needs to Know

Over the last several months, I’ve had the opportunity to get out on the road and attend several tradeshows and conferences for the tax and accounting profession. This has allowed me to talk to a lot of practitioners, and I’ve been hearing the same thing from many of you: The role of tax and accounting professionals is changing. And as with most things in this life, as the landscape changes you must be ready to adapt to the changes if you want to survive and thrive.

Jim Baker


FormMagic, Inc. — Tax-Mate 1099

888-746-0440    2011 Overall Rating 4.5 Best Fit Accounting firms with large client bases, with varied import/integration needs. Strengths Strong multi-client management tools. Multi-user level security. Multiple data entry options. Built-in diagnostics. Potential Limitations Limited local forms. Lacks client billing/invoicing center. Summary & Pricing Tax-Mate provides a comprehensive 1099 and W-2 solution, with strong […]

Isaac M. O'Bannon