SOURCE: Sage Software

August 30, 2006 09:00 ET

Sage Software Offers Year-End Printing Through Sage Compliance Services, Adds Compliance Conversion Utility for Sage Timberline Office

DALLAS, TX -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 30, 2006 -- Sage Software announced today the availability of Year-End Print Services for the 2006 tax year through Sage Compliance Services, as well as the general availability of a Sage Compliance Utility for use with the company's Sage Timberline Office product. The Year-End Print Services support the year-end W-2, W-2c and 1099 processing needs of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), while the new conversion utility enables companies using Sage Timberline Office to outsource their payroll tax compliance process to Sage Compliance Services to minimize exposure to penalties and reduce related IT needs.

"Our primary focus is easing and simplifying a company's payroll tax compliance processes," said Blake Eaton, director and general manager of Sage Compliance Services at Sage Software. "When we ease the year-end tax planning and printing burden, small and mid-sized businesses can focus on more strategic business objectives. At the same time, companies can significantly reduce or eliminate the requirement for hard copy storage using our secure tax printing system. The new Sage Compliance Utility provides added flexibility to Sage Timberline Office customers, enabling them to manage their payroll in-house using on-premises software, while also fully outsourcing the ever-changing payroll tax compliance tasks to the same trusted vendor."

Beginning immediately, companies can register for the competitively-priced Year-End Print Services and then upload W-2, W-2c, and 1099 data via a secure Web site in January 2007. Customers choose between having their W-2, W-2c, and 1099 forms delivered back to their corporate location or directly to employees, and have immediate access to their W-2 information when bulk printing is complete. Other employer options include having Sage Compliance Services electronically file the information directly to relevant state tax authorities and the Social Security Administration (SSA), having printed copies of the forms delivered back to the employer, or receiving copies on CD.

"During my 15 years in the payroll industry, I have worked with quite a few vendors," said Emily Wheeler, HR generalist for Bay Federal Credit Union in Capitola, Calif., a Sage Abra HRMS and Sage Compliance Services customer. "The Sage Compliance Services team is good about communicating with us at every step of the process, so there are no unexpected surprises, plus the Year-End Print Services have flexible delivery options. We can choose whether we want to receive our 225 W-2s loose to stuff and mail ourselves, stuffed in envelopes to mail ourselves, or to have Sage Compliance Services both stuff and mail them. Not many other vendors give you all three options -- it's either all or nothing."

Sage Timberline Office customers can easily use the Sage Compliance Utility to extract all the necessary data from the Payroll modules within Sage Timberline Office, and then send it to Sage Compliance Services to complete federal (IRS Forms 940, 941, 943 and 945), state, and local returns, as well as send payments to all federal, state, and local taxing authorities. A Sage Compliance Utility is also available for Sage Software's Sage MAS 90 ERP and Sage MAS 200 ERP customers. Sage Software's Sage Abra HRMS customers can also easily extract data from the Abra Payroll module and send it to Sage Compliance Services for payroll tax compliance, using the Sage Tax Filing Service export feature.

"I function as a PR department of one, so Sage Compliance Services' help, especially during the year-end crunch time, is invaluable," said Cherie Key, administrative assistant for Aerofil Technology in Sullivan, Mo., a Sage Abra HRMS and Sage Compliance Services customer. "We will send a file to Sage Compliance Services in early January, and they will print and return about 900 W-2s to us within a few weeks. Knowing I don't have to worry about this process helps me breathe a bit easier."

Through Sage Compliance Services, Sage Software also offers a year-end tax software system for larger companies that want to automate the wage reporting process, but still handle their W-2s internally. The system is installed at a customer's site and enables them to archive, print, edit, issue and reissue tax forms, such as W-2, W-2c, W-3, W-3c and 941c, as well as a variety of 1099 forms, and much more.

Sage Compliance Services (formerly Federal Liaison Services) is a premier provider of solutions for employer tax compliance, automating payroll tax payments and filings, wage attachments and garnishments, and W-2 processing for employers in most industries. Sage Compliance Services clients include more than 20 percent of the Fortune 500® and hundreds of government agencies.

The Sage Compliance Utility for use with Sage Timberline Office is available now from Sage Software. For more information about Sage Compliance Services offerings, including the Year-End Print Services and year-end tax software system, please call 800-239-8895 or visit www.sagecomplianceservices.com.

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