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Making Tax Digital (MTD) and TASBooks

In case it had escaped your notice, the deadline for Making Tax Digital is on the horizon. As is to be expected with any significant overhaul of the tax management system, there’s been a lot of concern, speculation and contradictory information. At Infoplex, we’re committed to ensuring that you have the most accurate information available at all times so that you can make informed business-critical decisions.

What is Making Tax Digital?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is the cornerstone of HMRC’s move towards digitising the tax system. From 1st April 2019, any business that is VAT-registered will no longer be able to file its VAT submissions using the HMRC gateway. In its place, VAT-registered businesses will need to use commercial accounting software that has MTD submission capabilities.

Is TASBooks suitable?

The simple answer is yes, but there’s a big twist.

All of the information that you need when your business files a VAT submission is in the TAS database. It is – literally – at your fingertips. Unfortunately, there’s no in-built way to access this information and send it to HMRC.

Is there a solution available for TASBooks?

Yes. In the last few months you will have seen an email from Sage about MTD. It sets out the steps that Sage are taking to help VAT-registered businesses. They have built a special module for TASBooks which will let all VAT-registered businesses file their submissions online and meet HMRC’s compliance requirements.

Can I buy a solution directly from Infoplex?

Yes. We’re working with a company to develop an easy-to-use, low-cost solution.  We’ll have an announcement on our plans in the New Year. In the meantime, if you’d like to discuss your requirements, then feel free to get in touch with George by calling 01592 598101

Cleaning your TASBooks database

Is TASBooks a little slow? Is it a bit sluggish? Is it taking you longer to run a report or find a record than it used to?

This is something that we hear a lot at Infoplex. Obviously, there are lots of reasons for this. Over time, you’ve saved lots of transactional data that you only used once or twice. If you’re like us, you’ve built up multiple copies of files and lines of code that you’ve never even used. You have records that are out of date – customers have moved on, products have been discontinued and suppliers have changed.

In these circumstances, the best solution is to start again. Build a new company from scratch in TASBooks. Think of it as a ‘factory-reset’ for mobile phone.

Unfortunately, it’s not as easy that. Can you imagine having to re-enter all of those records? Your customers, your suppliers, your products, opening balances and orders. Everything would need to be re-done. And let’s not even think about Dynamic Discounts…

That’s where we can help you with (drumroll, please) our new TASBooks Data Migration service.

Our new TASBooks Data Migration service will:

  • Analyse your TASBooks company data
  • Identify which data to migrate
  • Work around you to ensure minimal disruption
  • Work alongside you to clean up your data
  • And, of course, migrate your data.

Our new service will launch sometime in June. We’ll tell you more about it closer to the time and explain in greater detail how it all works. In the meantime, if you want to sign up to be notified when we launch this service, head on over here to let us know!

New Release of TASLink/TASFlex SDK for TASBooks

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This morning we shipped a new release (v2.16.6) for the SDK for TASBooks (known as TASLink to developers, TASFlex to end-users) and it is now available for download. The main change is a new installation/setup program. Until now, you have had to install System Integration Manager (SIM), then use it to install and configure the SDK. It’s taken a long time to install, involved many clicks and much frustration all round.

However, all of this has now changed for the better.

As of this release, there is a single download and a simple installation routine. Simply download the setup file then choose the edition of the SDK to be installed. Wait approximately 30 seconds for the installation to finish. Finally launch the Control Centre shortcut from the desktop and configure.

Much more detail can be found in the installation guide available with the downloads. To confirm, this removes the dependency on the System Integration Manager (SIM) component. You’ll no longer need it. Hurrah!

Release Notes

  • This version is not compatible and will not install on Windows XP computers. Ever.
  • This release requires Microsoft .NET Framework v4.5 (you’ll most likely already have it but its a free download from Microsoft if not)
  • To upgrade to this version requires a live (i.e. not lapsed) TASLink and/or TASFlex support contract

 

New MultiTAS update

We released a new update (v3.5.80) for MultiTAS last night and it’s now available for download.

Changes incorporated into it include a rewritten Stock Adjustment form (521) plus the following bug fixes:

  • Fixed an issue in Sales Order Entry (611) that produced an error when products had been created in TASBooks rather than MultiTAS
  • Fixed an issue in EDI Order Import (683) where the specified price of the first line of an EDI order was overridden by the TASBooks price no matter what
  • Fixed an issue in Build Assembly (565) where an endless loop was encountered when building the last assembly of the assembly list (sorry Suzy!)
  • Fixed an issue in the Product Report (531) where the extended description was not being exported

If you don’t already have it you’ll need to download and install SIM v4.65 first.

Finally – we’ve created a public Trello board to map out future MultiTAS development and allow customers to up/downvote ideas. See https://trello.com/b/1rbfVEjV/multitas-development – you’ll need a free Trello account for voting!

TASBooks v6 info

The changes in TASBooks v6, released 6th March 2015, include:-

  • New feature to allow the customisation of the text when email(s) are sent via TAS
  • New Foreign Currency Transactions settings in Program 0.1.2 > System > Miscellaneous
  • New option to customise whether inactive/discontinued records appear in Lookups (Program 0.1.2 > System > Lookups/Mapping)
  • New ‘Update Profit And Loss Account’ setting (Program 0.1.2 > Purchase Orders > Entry/Costing Options)

There are bug fixes too which include:-

  • Fixing a Runtime error 380 when running Program 4.4.4
  • Enabling Order Acknowledgements to be printed for Sales Orders where the order number is 7 digits long

MacDonalds franchise streamline internal TASBooks process by 80%

Infoplex have developed another solution for the MacDonalds chain!

This is our 11th pack development for a MacDonald’s client and highlights our ability to deal with large high-profile clients and improve their use of TASBooks. We helped to speed up the daily – and somewhat repetitive – processes of moving data from TASBooks in to third party systems and vice versa.

Portable Handheld Terminal Integration to TASBooks

The Irish company Chef in a Box has joined the ranks of TASBooks users that have implemented portable handheld terminal functionality into their business to ensure that their customers’ experience is smooth and trouble free.

In conjunction with ONM Systems we are continuing to develop new ways to integrate portable handheld terminals with TASBooks to ensure we meet all of our customers’ requirements.

NEW Addon – Direct Debit Receipts for TASBooks

A perfect example of how we can always find a solution for our customers.

O’Neil Gas and Plumbing Services Ltd approached us to see if we could find a solution to ensure that when posting their “Customer Monthly Direct Debit Receipts” the process could become quicker, efficient and error free.

If you or your company has a large number of monthly customer direct debit receipts then we have developed a solution that would allow you to post multiple direct debits – for example 600 – in just minutes. Please call George on 01592 598101 for additional information.

Infoplex expands service into Ireland

Infoplex are delighted to announce further expansion into Ireland. We have been successfully working with 1000s of TASBooks users both in the UK and Ireland for either support services or extended functionality with our MultiTAS suite of TASBooks Add-ons.

Due to the continued demand from Ireland, we have now extended our services and cover and now have local expertise to help in all aspects of developing TASBooks – support and training.  Please contact George on 01592 592100 for further information.

Automated Debt Collection for TASBooks

Infoplex today announced an automated debt collection (ADC) solution for TASBooks.

TAS Automated Debt Collection is a simple way of automatically identifying specific bad debts and passing them directly from TASBooks to a nominated debt collection agency. TAS ADC is ideal for businesses that wish to streamline their debt collection operations and realise time-management savings.

There are a number of alerts and safeguards in place to ensure that managers retain control over this process. The impact, however, on improved cash flow is substantial in terms of both bad debts identified and man-hours saved. Please call George on +44 (0)1592 592100 or use the contact section if you want to get more details.