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"For the fifth consecutive year, Solution 6 has released a new version
of PerTAX with updated tax information ahead of 6th April"


Accountants can achieve a time saving of up to 70%* in the collection and processing of tax returns with the latest version of PerTAX personal taxation software from Solution 6. PerTAX Version 7 is already available on the Solution 6 web site (www.solution6.co.uk) for existing clients to download and will be dispatched to all clients on physical media during the first week of April.


In addition to updated tax information, the latest version incorporates a number of new time-saving features including ‘PerTAX eQuest’, which automates many of the time-consuming and laborious tasks involved with tax returns by allowing accountants to electronically send and capture clients’ tax information. Version 7 also supports Microsoft’s SQL Server architecture, offering increased scalability and faster access to data. Further enhancements will be launched later in the year including improved reporting facilities. As Nigel Powell, Product Manager for Tax Products, Solution 6 (UK), explains, “The latest additions to PerTAX are focused on saving time for busy accounting practices.”


Traditionally, Spring has been a busy time of year in the accounting community, with practices sending paper-based tax questionnaires (often referred to as the ‘6th of April letter’) to their clients, and then analysing and keying in the information returned. Solution 6 estimates that this single process can account for up to 70% of an accountant’s annual workload for individuals and is accompanied with associated overhead costs including printing, stationery and postage. PerTAX had already significantly reduced the time spent on this task by automatically generating the questionnaires, but the latest version of the software goes one step further with the introduction of ‘PerTAX eQuest’.


PerTAX eQuest enables accountants to send tax questionnaires to their clients electronically, either by uploading them to a secure web page or by sending them via e-mail as a self-executing attachment. The clients’ responses are then sent back to the accountant in a format that can be quickly reviewed and imported directly into the PerTAX software. Solution 6 predicts that this will be a very popular feature as the vast majority of accountants already communicate with their clients via e-mail.


Another feature that will save accountants’ time is the enhanced ‘PerTAX eSP’ reporting facilities that will be integrated into PerTAX later in the year. PerTAX eSP will place powerful and sophisticated reporting tools in the hands of accountants rather than software specialists, allowing them to produce professional and detailed reports using an intuitive ‘drag and drop’ facility. Reports will be created simply by ‘dragging and dropping’ the required database fields into the search engine, with the results exported to Microsoft Excel to create professional graphs and charts or mail merges.


Finally, PerTAX can now make use of Microsoft’s SQL Server technology, which is quickly becoming the industry-standard architecture. This migration gives the latest version of PerTAX a number of benefits including: faster access to the database over a network, increased scalability and enhanced roll-back and restore functionality. The move supports the migration of all Solution 6 products - including the Viztopia family of Accounts Production and Practice Management software - onto SQL and will facilitate increased communication and data exchange between software packages within the expanding product range.


Nigel Powell, Product Manager for Tax Products, Solution 6, concludes, “Our development team prides itself on delivering updates to PerTAX ahead of schedule. The migration of our products onto Microsoft SQL will further enhance functionality, but we will continue to provide comprehensive support to customers using existing database structures.”


“With so many important enhancements to the products at the moment, it’s particularly pleasing to be able to release Version 7 ahead of time, and ahead of all other major tax software suppliers”, said Simon Crompton, General Manager, Solution 6 (UK) Ltd. “It’s a tribute to the professionalism of the entire team here at Solution 6, and their commitment to delivering superior service to our clients.”


Further information is available at http://www.solution6.co.uk or from Greg Gillet, Marketing Manager, Solution 6 (UK) Ltd., Meridien House, 100 Hanger Lane, Ealing, London W5 1EZ. E-mail: greg.gillet@solution6.co.uk Tel: 020 8997 5500 Fax: 020 8998 0507

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* Figure based on research conducted at Solution 6 nationwide seminars


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