Access Handisoft vs. Wolters Kluwer ATX

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Access Handisoft
Score 9.4 out of 10
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Access Handisoft is a suite of solutions for accountants and advisors who want to optimise their practice. It is based on technology acquired with Sage Australia (Sage HandiSoft).N/A
Wolters Kluwer ATX
Score 8.9 out of 10
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Wolters Kluwer offers the ATX Tax Preparation Software, presented as the easiest to use, most complete professional tax software for CPAs and Small Firms.N/A
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Free Trial
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
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User Ratings
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Likelihood to Recommend
8.0
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9.0
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Implementation Rating
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10.0
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User Testimonials
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Likelihood to Recommend
The Access Group
The software is great and does what we need for our day-to-day accounting, but when it comes to our in-house IT, we seem to have issues with our internal server complementing our ability to work outside of the office on the software. Data has been lost, work time wasted twice.
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Wolters Kluwer
I have been using ATX for at least 15 years. It is competitively priced for a part-time tax preparation firm like mine versus some of its competitors. The software is straightforward to use with very little training needed, and it includes the "paint by numbers" i.e. "interview" tax prep approach if desired (I virtually never use that as not needed, but it is a nice alternative for the more inexperienced preparer perhaps). I have found it to be pretty intuitive to use, and the file capability is very straightforward. I will continue to use it going forward, as while there are a couple of competitors that are slightly cheaper, certainly not enough difference to warrant changing software and again I'm overall pleased with the product despite the couple of areas that I commented are a bit clunky. Not a big deal. Overall good product.
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Pros
The Access Group
  • Productivity
  • Dashboard/reporting
  • Ease of use
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Wolters Kluwer
  • Calculation/preparation of personal tax return for individuals.
  • Calculation/preparation of small business tax returns, i.e., Schedule C for individual bus owners.
  • Electronic transmission of completed tax return to IRS and applicable states.
  • Preparation of summary letter and billing to tax clientele.
  • Modeling of pro forma tax results for succeeding years and prep of estimated tax payments needed.
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Cons
The Access Group
  • Inventory building
  • Reboot necessity
  • Internet Lag
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Wolters Kluwer
  • The preparation of the summary letter of the tax return module is a bit clunky but usable.
  • The preparation of the next year's quarterly estimates module, while automatic, is a bit clunky to override with more specific info versus what is automatically populated from the current year's return.
  • The print feature can be a little cumbersome getting to work on a local printer, resulting in some printing issues.
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Implementation Rating
The Access Group
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Wolters Kluwer
Just let it do the standard install. No issues whatsoever.
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Alternatives Considered
The Access Group
Because we work with a CPA as our Finance Manager, it is best to have the ability to track our workflow and progress, as well as our own Due Date Tracking in order to remind him. They use QuickBooks to document their business, but using Access allows us to easily manage our number to send to them for general use.
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Wolters Kluwer
Turbotax is the most popular but not applicable if you are a tax preparer as it won't let you sign a tax preparer. Their tax prep version, Pro Series, is a bit more expensive, and I have found it not significantly different enough nor provide any applicable benefit to me changing. I also evaluated Drake tax prep software, but again, while it has some nice features, it could not justify the change effort compared to any incremental features I might use. ATX continues to offer the right product features for what I need at one of the cheapest costs.
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