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Sage 50 2018.2 Released

3/8/2018 6:03:28 PM

On March 7, 2018 Sage 50 2018.2 was released.  The release offers continued integration and partnership launches for Sage 50 and Sage 50cloud subscription customers continuing to provide value through Sage 50 cloud connected services and applications.

  • Sage Business Cloud Payments (Sage 50cloud and Traditional) - Sage Business Cloud Payments enables customers to make managing payments simple and getting paid easy and effortless.

  • Sage has partnered with 3 trusted third-party providers who will provide Sage 50 customers with the choice on how to get paid faster through invoices and point of sale payments.

  • Sage has partnered with Stripe to provide customers a quick and seamless way to accept credit and debit card payments by adding a “Pay Now” link to your invoice emails to get paid instantly. With this integration, customers can reduce time spent chasing late payments and reconciling their accounts. Set-up takes less than 5 minutes with Stripe Invoicing Payments.

  • Sage Payments Solutions has a new brand name, Paya! Paya technology solutions are industry-tested and have been around for 20 years. Paya is integrated into Sage50cloud.

  • PayPal partnership coming soon! Sage is partnering with PayPal late March/early April. 

  • Windows 10 Stability Improvements (Sage 50cloud and Traditional).  The issue of Sage 50 US Edition 2018.1 and lower unexpectedly shutting down the program due to a change in the Windows 10 update has been resolved in the 2018.2 release. 

  • Sage Drive + Office 365 Compatibility (Sage 50cloud only) . This feature will allow customers to synchronize data from Sage 50cloud to Office 365 without having to disable Sage Drive.

  • In order to make Sage 50 customers’ lives easier, Sage 50cloud has introduced a new messaging Bot call Pegg! Sage Pegg will give customers greater flexibility to help manage customer contacts, review invoices and check credit information for your accounts while on the move, using messaging platforms like Skype and Facebook Messenger! 

  • Sage Intelligence (Sage 50cloud only) - Enhancements include a new look and feel that’s easier to navigate and allows customers to easily structure your reports to suit your unique business needs, the ability to export reports to PDF, the ability to easily create a Management Pack to suit your business needs and enhancements to the calculator.

  • Sage Capture (Sage 50 cloud only) - Sage Capture is now available for Android!  Sage Capture is a mobile app that takes images of invoices, receipts and other  documentation and uploads them to Microsoft OneDrive.  It is a fast and simple way to record business transactions in Sage 50cloud and electronically file paperwork in OneDrive from anywhere.

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Sage 50 US Edition Purchasing Options

3/5/2018 8:22:54 AM
When purchasing Sage 50 US Edition there are 3 options available for either the perpetual license (you own the software and are not required to pay Sage a monthly or annual fee) or Sage 50c (cloud / subscription -- you do not own the software and you are required to pay Sage a monthly or annual fee or the software will go to read-only).

Here are the 3 options when buying Sage 50 accounting software:

Sage 50 Perpetual License with Basic Support - this provides for 3 support calls with Sage for one year from date of purchase and all software updates and upgrades.  To receive these benefits you must contact Sage and provide them with a credit card to activate the business care plan.  The drawback to this product is that you MUST remove your credit card information from your account prior to 1 year from date of purchase or Sage will charge your card for the annual renewal fee.  

Sage 50 Traditional Support Plan Perpetual License - this provides for unlimited support with Sage for one year from date of purchase and all software updates and upgrades.  At the end of the year you can either opt-out and continue to use the software as-is or pay an annual renewal fee to Sage.  for those Sage 50 customers that decide to opt out and need technical support in the future we have Sage 50 Certified Consultants that can provide support via remote access. Typically support can be arranged the same day. 

Sage 50c -  Sage 50c  is sold as a subscription license that is renewed monthly or annually.  This means you have access to the software as long as you keep your subscription plan up to date.  If your Sage 50c Subscription plan expires, your data will go to read only and you will not be able to enter or edit your data.  If your subscription plan expires it can be reactivated. 

If you have purchased a Sage 50 subscription plan and want to switch back to the Sage 50 perpetual license please contact us to discuss. 

CBA has been an authorized Sage 50 reseller and Sage certified consultants since 1989!  

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Sage 50 Maximum Number of Users Error Meesage

2/5/2018 3:00:27 PM

What is the fix for the Sage 50 error message pertaining to maximum number of users that are logged into Sage 50?

The solution for this message is to simply reboot the server.  The reason is that there are files on the server that control the file and record locking for the users.  When Sage 50 is opened and closed these files should also open and close.  Sometimes the files do not close due to a “disconnect” between Sage 50 and Windows and the files remain open.  When this occurs Sage 50 recognizes the open files and thinks there are more users logged in than there really are.  Rebooting forces everything to close.



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Sage 50 Crashes When I Enter or Save Transactions

11/28/2017 6:41:08 AM

If you recently had a Windows 10 update and are using Sage 50 US Edition and are unable to  create and / or  save a new transaction, Sage 50 is crashing or you are  receiving any of the error messages:

  •  Error: “Sage 50 has stopped working” or “Sage 50 Accounting has stopped working” after Windows 10 update

  • Error: “Sage 50 has stopped working” or “Sage 50 Accounting has stopped working” when opening Task window

  • Error: “Sage 50 has stopped working” or “Sage 50 Accounting has stopped working” when opening general ledger

  • Error: “Sage 50 has stopped working” or “Sage 50 Accounting has stopped working” when opening reports

 (Resolution Steps to Set Windows 10 Compatibility to Windows 8 )

  1. Right-click the Sage 50 icon and click Properties
  2. Click the compatibility Tab
  3. Check Run this program in compatibility 
  4. In the drop down select Windows 8 
  5. Verify program and company can open and tasks can be completed without errors 

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 Comments (1) Last comment made 
1/4/2018 12:13:27 AM 
Raja Iskandar Shah 1/4/2018 12:13:27 AM 
Yes ! This did the trick with my Sage50 2013 edition. Had that problem after Windows Update on 2 Jan 2018. Initially I thought it was a Windows Defender Firewall issue.

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Sage 50 1099 Vendor Report


The 1099 Vendor Report lets you preview the 1099 forms you will submit to the IRS for your company's 1099 vendors. The report lists the following information:

Vendor ID and Vendor Name

1099 Type - Interest or Miscellaneous

1099 Box and Description

Date of vendor transaction

Transaction Amount and Box Total

Lower Limit Met? for this vendor


Select the Options button to determine the data that appears on the report. For this report Sage 50 displays the following options:

  • Dates: Choose the year on which the report will be based; you can choose from the two currently open fiscal years.
  • Sorting: You can sort by vendor ID, vendor name, or 1099 type: INT or MISC.
  • Summarize Report: Select this check box to print the report in summary rather than detail format.
  • Select a filter: First, select a filter on the left. Then, define the options for that filter on the right. The options differ based on the filter selected. 
  • Filter Using Default Lower Limits: Select the check box if you want to use the default lower limits for 1099 vendors. The federal government determines lower limits.

Adjust Limits: If you want to manually set the lower limits that Sage 50 will use to filter the report, deselect the check box, and then click the Adjust Limits button. This will open the 1099 and 1096 Forms - Lower Limits window where you can change the limits.


Select the Columns link to choose which data fields to include and where the columns break on your report. 


Select the Fonts link to set the font styles for the heading and body of the report. You can also have the titles of the report show special codes, such as the current period, today's date, an as-of date, and the company name. 

If you need to purchase Quickbooks or sage 50 tax forms email or call 1.800.339.8224 for a quote!

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How to Print 1096 Forms for 1099 Vendors in Sage 50


The 1096 form summarizes the 1099 forms that you send to the IRS for your 1099-type vendors. Form 1096 is required whenever you submit paper 1099 forms.

When you mail 1099 forms to the IRS, you must group them together and attach a separate 1096 for each group of 1099 forms. Because the 1096 is a special machine-readable form, it should always be printed on the IRS regulation pre-printed form rather than plain-paper forms.

To print Form 1096, follow these steps:

  1. Insert the blank pre-printed 1096 form into your printer. Sage 50 supplies a plain and pre-addressed version of the form. 

  2. From the Reports & Forms menu, select Forms, then Tax Forms. Sage 50 displays the Select a Report or Form window.
  3. From the Forms list, select either the Form 1096 - Preprinted or Form 1096 Pre-addressed Pre-print. Sage 50 displays the Preview and Print filter screen. 

  4. Verify that the payroll year is correct.

  5. Enter the name of the person at your company who acts as contact; this will appear in the "Name of person to contact" box on the printed 1096.

  6. If you want to manually adjust lower limits, which are established by the federal government, click the Adjust Limits button.

    In the 1096 Lower Limits window, set the limits as desired. 

  7. In the Payment Method filter, you should select to include the same payment types that you selected when you generated the 1099 forms. 

  8. When finished with the settings in the filter window, select Print/Email.
  9. In the Print dialog, Sage 50 displays the default printer. If you want to print to a different printer, use the drop-down arrow in the Name field to select a new one. Otherwise, select OK to begin printing the forms.

    If you get a message that there were no forms to print, you may not have vendors set up as 1099-type vendors, or the 1099 vendors do not meet the minimum payment requirement.

To print multiple copies, repeat the above procedure.

To purchase Sage 50 or QuickBook compatible tax forms email or call us at 1.800.339.8224 for a quote!

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Some Other Things to Think About To Prepare for Year End

9/28/2017 9:04:00 AM

Year end is right around the corner ... here are some tips that aren't on the typical year end checklist

  • Start planning for your client holiday gifts and cards.  Don’t wait until the last minute. Order client holiday gifts and cards now so they arrive in time. 

  • Plan your holiday functions for your staff and clients now.  Make your reservations or plans before you're scrambling at the last minute to accommodate your group.

  • Write out all your accomplishments for the year and share them with your staff they’ll appreciate it!  Communicate your vision and goals for the upcoming year.

  • Clean up your email list.  Are there people on your list who haven’t responded or opened an email all year? Now might be the time to clean up that list and purge inactive users.

  • Make a copy or a .pdf of your current year calendar.  Your business calendar documents your work life: your travel, meetings and more. It’s a valuable record. Save a copy of your entire year.

  • Review your website and update it along with any social media accounts.

  • Purge your paper / clean your desk and get organized.

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Sage 50 Intelligence Reporting and the Connector Module

9/28/2017 8:52:04 AM
By utilizing the Sage 50 Intelligence Connector module you can connect to any ODBC compliant databases, and across businesses, and different configurations of systems to pull data from to create a Sage 50 Intelligence Report.  

For example, you could connect to your Sage 50 accounting software solution via the standard connections in the Connector module and also want to extract data from an HR or payroll system on a different server, with the information from both combined in a one Sage 50 Intelligence report.

If this is something that would streamline your processes and save you time and money REGISTER HERE for this 45 minute webinar that will demonstrate a number of common scenarios for connecting to different data sources via the Sage Intelligence Connector module, allowing you to gain meaningful insight from across your business operations.  CBA is one of the few Sage 50 Certified Consultants that is Certified in the Sage 50 Intelligence Reporting.  We've designed / developed 1000's of reports for customers all over the world. Here are a few samples of Sage 50 custom reports that we've done for our customers!

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FAQ Regarding Your Sage 50 2018 Accounting Software

1/23/2018 11:39:35 AM
With the release of Sage 50 2018 (Sage 50 Pro, Premium or Quantum)you can purchase and own the software or purchase an annual or monthly subscription (if you are purchasing from Sage directly, this is what you are buying). 

As a Sage 50 authorized reseller since 1989, we can assist you with your purchase of any of the following software and support options:

The Basic Plan – 3 Support Instances (Retail and International Customers ONLY)
  • This is not sold on the Sage website
  • You are purchasing and own the actual software --it does not expire
  • You may call Sage 3 times for support within one year from the date of purchase
  • You will receive all software upgrades and updates for one year, including the Sage Intelligence Reporting feature 
  • This cannot be used with payroll or any other Sage 3rd party add-ons
  • You are not required to pay a renewal fee
  • DVD is included (free shipping to US based customers; international customers incur S/H charges).

The Traditional Plan - Unlimited Support (US Based & International Customers)
  • This is not sold by Sage directly - Sage 50 Resellers are still able to sell this plan with the perpetual license
  • If you are located in the United States and want to own your software this or RETAIL is your ONLY option
  • You are purchasing and own the actual software (perpetual license) -- it does not expire
  • You have unlimited technical support for one year from the date of purchase
  • You will receive all software upgrades and updates for one year, including the Sage Intelligence Reporting feature
  • Sage requires all payroll customers be on this plan
  • You are not required to pay a renewal fee UNLESS you are a payroll customer 
  • Product is provided via download link; Sage charges $50.95 to drop ship the DVD to you.

Sage 50c (Cloud) Monthly Subscription Auto-Renewing Plan
  • If you purchase from Sage you are purchasing a subscription plan
  • You can also purchase Sage 50c 2018 from CBA
  • You do not own this software
  • You must have a valid credit card on file with Sage and you will be charged the monthly subscription fee
  • You will receive all software upgrades and updates, the Sage Intelligence Reporting feature and unlimited technical support as long as your account with Sage is current
  • If your monthly payment is not made your software will go to READ only after 20 days and you can no longer use the software until you pay the reactivation fee and bring your account current
  • This can be used with payroll
  • You may terminate the plan with 7 days’ notice prior to your renewal date and not be charged for the renewal 

Sage 50c (Cloud) Annual Subscription Auto-Renewing Plan
  • The same as the monthly subscription except you pay the renewal annually 

Click here to learn more about Sage 50c and our FAQ blog post .

Please contact us with any questions regarding your Sage 50 accounting purchase.  

The benefit of purchasing from CBA is that we can discuss the options and the “fine print” with you to ensure you make the best decision for your particular situation coupled with building a relationship with you regarding any Sage 50 future needs and questions. 

If you are new to Sage 50, please give us a call to discuss your software purchase with a Certified Sage 50 Consultant.  Not only will we answer all your questions to make sure it’s a good fit for your business but we are happy to demo the software or you can download a free Sage 50 Trial Version.   

Read the Sage 50 reviews on TrustRadius -- software reviews by real users! 

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Sage 50 Year End Checklist for 2017

9/14/2017 12:57:29 PM
The end of the accounting year is rapidly approaching for calendar year companies
so here are some items you can do NOW to make your year-end less stressful:

        1. If you are running payroll through Sage 50 and haven't installed your 2018 upgrade DO IT SOON!  The 2018 must be installed prior to December 1, 2017 in order to maintain the Sage 50 payroll capabilities.  The Sage technical support call volume is high November - January ... you don't want to wait for a call back that can sometimes be a business day.

        2. Sage 50 - U.S. Version 2018.1 is scheduled to be released around the third week of October.  We always recommend waiting a few weeks to install a Sage 50 upgrade or update just to ensure that there are no bugs or glitches in the software.  

        3. your Sage 50 1099 Vendor report on the screen, select the Columns button from the top menu bar and add the Tax ID Number column to the report. Look for vendors who don’t have a Tax ID Number and who will be paid more than $600 this year for certain products and services. You will need their federal ID number in order to send 1099 forms by January 31, 2018. Obtain the information by requesting them to send you an IRS form W-9 and remember to fill in the Tax ID number on the vendor maintenance record when you receive the completed W-9 form.

        4. Review your Sage 50 Balance Sheet and your Sage 50 Aged Receivables and Aged Payables reports and make sure the Aged Receivables and Aged Payables reconcile to your Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable account(s) on your balance sheet. If they don’t reconcile research why and make the necessary corrections.

        5. Review your Sage 50 Inventory Valuation report and make sure it ties out to the Inventory Accounts on your Balance Sheet. If they don’t reconcile research why and make the necessary corrections. Also get your physical inventory plans in place!  

        6. Review your General Ledger report filtered for all your fixed asset accounts for the current year and make sure all of your major purchases for non-consumable items are posted to these accounts and ready for your CPA to review. This information will be important for tax purposes.

        7. Look at your Profit & Loss report. Where do you stand? If you have a larger than expected profit, are there any major purchases you should make now that can be depreciated? Make sure you have the cash. Talk to your CPA or tax advisor as there may be tax benefits if you make the purchase before the end of the year.

        8. Identify all of the year end reports you’ll need and put them into a Report Group in Sage 50 so they'll be easy to select and run when needed. If there are custom reports you know you’ll require look at getting them set-up using Sage 50’s Intelligence Reporting capability.

        9. Review your Sage 50 Aged Receivables report for past due accounts older than 30 days beyond the original payment terms that may be noncollectable. Flag the accounts and take the next steps in the collection process as quickly as possible. If they aren’t paid by the end of the year discuss with your CPA or tax advisor about writing them off as bad debt.

        10. Back up your data and also restore your data file to test your backups and ensure they’re good. You may want to consider signing up for Sage 50 Online Backup to store your important data online.

        11. Are you at the end of your second open year (Period 23 or 24) right now: You need to run your Year End Wizard to close out 2016 and open 2018.

        12. Have you done maintenance on your company's most important financial data? This is a great time to run an Internal Accounting Review, purge old records, and make sure all your software updates have been installed. (If you are on an obsolete Sage 50 software please contact us if you need upgrade pricing.)

        13. Get your tax forms (W-2’s, 1099-Misc, envelopes and any other tax forms) ordered by mid-December to ensure you receive them on time. You may also want to order checks or any other business supplies if you’re getting low – you’ll get to expense them.

        14. Create budgets for the next year if you work on a calendar year fiscal basis.

        15. Check all of the links on your website to make sure they are active.


Contact us or call 1.800.339.8224 if we can assist you with any of the above items!

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