TAS Software – TAS Books 3 review

powerful accounting for businesses
Photo of TAS Software – TAS Books 3
£408 + VAT

The plethora of accounting packages available for the small business user can seem quite daunting and choosing the correct type for your business is not always easy. TAS Software has recognised this and produces a range of four accounting solutions plus a payroll package.

Its ‘Bookkeeper’ software is an entry-level application for the small business, new to computer accounting. However, for the serious SME user, the company produces the ‘TAS Books’ range. At the top of this is TAS Books 3, designed for companies that need to monitor stock levels, manage orders in progress and get detailed analysis of the buying and selling process at any stage. So this product is typically geared towards wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers.

An integrated sales and purchase order processing system makes it relatively simple to keep track of purchase orders, from inception to clearing for payment. Similarly, sales progress can be tracked from initial quotations through to final delivery and invoicing. Stock levels are automatically updated as you receive and dispatch goods and this section includes an integrated stock-taking system. This also comes with a comprehensive report structure that enables you to produce sophisticated stock reports and even a price list.

Stock Control supports three selling price bands based on customer type and dynamic discounting with unique discount percentages for each customer/stock code combination. This also includes instant display of quantities in stock, on sales order, available (free stock), on back-order and on purchase order. Product movement history is available down to individual line item level with full stock valuation and reporting.

All customer details can be referenced centrally within TAS Books 3. This enables you to collect information about each customer going back as far as five years and produce reports of account transaction history. Four different overdue accounts letters can be raised automatically from the ‘gentle reminder’ to ‘sending the lads round’. A comprehensive selection of reports is available for daily sales reports, customer sales analysis and individual customer statements with remittance advice slips to fit standard windowed envelopes.

A ‘State of the Nation’ report is relatively simple to produce from analysis of outstanding customer invoices and an analysis of the purchase order commitments, so that you can regulate your cash flow within your budgeting requirements. The Nominal ledger supports an unlimited number of income and expense accounts all with their own budget that can be applied to an optional multi-company add on. Additional reporting can analyse cash flow on all Cash and Bank accounts enabling you to highlight areas of excessive spending and UK, while EC VAT handling is available with facility for both Standard and Cash accounting payment methods.

Company: TAS Software

Contact: 0845 2450220


Verdict
It's no wonder Sage recently snapped up TAS books. This is a comprehensive accounting package that is well-suited to organisations requiring sophisticated stock control and reporting options. Flexible account handling and 5 year drill-down for transaction history make this a powerful accounting tool at a realistic price compared to its rivals.