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Why Purchase Sage 50 from CBA?
5/7/2018 Post Last Updated: 5/7/2018 4:25:58 PM
Why should you purchase your Sage 50 software from Computerized Business Associates (CBA)?
Below are a list of reasons to purchase from an authorized reseller vs. Sage directly or a 3rd party seller such as Staples, Office Max or Amazon.
1) CBA has been a Sage 50 reseller since 1989 - as a value-added reseller (VAR) in Sage 50 accounting software, we provide professional services such as implementation, consulting, customized reports, training and ongoing technical support.
2) Competitive Pricing – we will always quote pricing lower than what you would receive from Sage directly!
3) Experienced Sales Reps – CBA has been selling the Sage 50 software since 1989 and there is a reason we've been in business so long ... honesty. We treat our customers how we would want to be treated. We will always address all your questions to ensure that you feel comfortable that you are making the best business decision regarding your Sage 50 software purchase. If a sales rep cannot answer your question a Sage 50 consultant will follow up to address any technical or software functionality questions. We even offer complimentary demos so you can see the software live and you can ask your business specific questions!
4) We Answer Our Phones - if you purchase from Amazon, Staples, Office Max etc. you don't know WHAT you are purchasing and you will not have a human resource to contact if you have any questions. We are often contacted after a customer has purchased from one of these websites regarding data compatibility issues, installation problems or licensing / registration matters. If you purchase from CBA we provide you with all the information you need to install and who to call for what if you run into any technical issues.
5) Know Exactly What You Are Buying - currently, if you purchase from Sage direct sales or off the Sage website you are purchasing the Sage 50c (cloud / subscription) software. If you purchase the Sage 50c product you do NOT own your software and you are required to pay an annual renewal fee to Sage or your data will go to read only. Read more about the Sage 50 support and purchasing options ("the fine print").
6) Get to Know CBA - we've been around for a long time and if you need a Sage 50 resource we're here whether it be training, consulting, purchasing an upgrade or if you need a straight answer / 2nd opinion regarding your software or your business care renewal with Sage give us a call at 1.800.339.8224.
Sage 50 Intelligence Reporting and the Connector Module
5/1/2018 Post Last Updated: 5/7/2018 4:19:37 PM
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 this webcast 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!
If you need help with a Sage 50 customized report contact us at 1.800.339.8224,
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
Vendor ID and Vendor
1099 Type - Interest or Miscellaneous
1099 Box and Description
Date of vendor transaction
Transaction Amount and Box
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!
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
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
To print Form 1096, follow these steps:
Insert the blank pre-printed 1096 form into your printer. Sage 50 supplies a plain and pre-addressed
version of the form.
From the Reports & Forms menu,
select Forms, then Tax
Forms. Sage 50 displays the Select a Report or Form window.
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.
Verify that the payroll year is correct.
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.
If you want to manually adjust lower limits, which are established
by the federal government, click the Adjust Limits
In the 1096 Lower Limits window, set the limits as desired.
In the Payment Method filter, you should select to include the same
payment types that you selected when you generated the 1099 forms.
When finished with the settings in the filter window, select Print/Email.
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
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!
The end of the accounting year is rapidly approaching for calendar year companies so here are some items you can do NOWto make your year-end less stressful:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Haveyou 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.)
FAQ Regarding Your Sage 50 2018 Accounting Software
9/6/2017 Post Last Updated: 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
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.
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