Clearbooks vs. Patriot Software

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Clearbooks
Score 7.0 out of 10
N/A
ClearBooks Accounting is simple cloud accounting software, from Clear Books plc located in the UK, that is tailored to the needs of small businesses and start ups in the UK, or bookkeepers and accountants. It contains core accounting features like automated invoicing, document / image importing for capturing receipts, VAT returns direct to HMRC and a customizable dashboard (tax management), expense and purchase management with recurring billing capability, basic financial reporting features for…N/A
Patriot Software
Score 9.0 out of 10
N/A
Patriot Software headquartered in Canton, Ohio offers Patriot PAY, their benefits administration and payroll software.
$17
per month
Pricing
ClearbooksPatriot Software
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Basic Payroll
$17/mo + $4 per employee/contractor
Accounting Basic
$20/mo (unlimited use)
Accounting Premium
$30/mo (unlimited use)
Full Service Payroll
$37/mo + $4 per employee/contractor
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
ClearbooksPatriot Software
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsPatriot Software has two payroll options to choose from: Basic Payroll, and Full Service payroll software. Both start with a simple three-step payroll process. With the Full Service Payroll, Patriot will collect, deposit, and file federal, state, and local payroll taxes on the customer's behalf; end-of-the-year payroll tax filing is included at no extra charge. Print W2s on 8 x 1/2 x 11 plain white office paper to hand to employees, or post to the free employee portal. Also, Patriot Software offers free direct deposit.
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Community Pulse
ClearbooksPatriot Software
Top Pros
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Features
ClearbooksPatriot Software
General Ledger and Configurable Accounting
Comparison of General Ledger and Configurable Accounting features of Product A and Product B
Clearbooks
5.0
1 Ratings
37% below category average
Patriot Software
-
Ratings
Accounts payable5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Accounts receivable5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Cash management5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Bank reconciliation5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Expense management5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Fixed asset management5.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Payroll Management
Comparison of Payroll Management features of Product A and Product B
Clearbooks
-
Ratings
Patriot Software
8.3
15 Ratings
1% above category average
Pay calculation00 Ratings9.515 Ratings
Support for external payroll vendors00 Ratings10.01 Ratings
Off-cycle/On-Demand payment00 Ratings8.65 Ratings
Benefit plan administration00 Ratings6.03 Ratings
Direct deposit files00 Ratings9.111 Ratings
Salary revision and increment management00 Ratings8.213 Ratings
Reimbursement management00 Ratings6.56 Ratings
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User Ratings
ClearbooksPatriot Software
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(1 ratings)
9.5
(20 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
9.3
(10 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.8
(10 ratings)
User Testimonials
ClearbooksPatriot Software
Likelihood to Recommend
Clearbooks
Larger companies, multi-currency. Clearbooks is in a competitive environment with Xero, SageOne, FreeAgent, Intuit etc., etc.
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Patriot Software
Patriot PAY is well-suited to a company that has a 10-day window between the end of the pay period and the payday. The company size makes very little difference and it is easy to use for any company. It is also very progressive in development and improvement. If a company has a small window for turn-around, but fairly consistent payroll amounts (such as a lot of salary workers), Patriot PAY might also be a good fit for them.

Companies with tight turn-around times or payrolls that vary significantly in direct deposit amounts might have difficulty using Patriot PAY.
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Pros
Clearbooks
  • SaaS, so accessible by anyone, anywhere in the world via a browser
  • Clear and straight forward navigation
  • Good choice of management reports
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Patriot Software
  • It is simple, intuitive and straightforward in its design. Someone with little experience with roles in human resources roles, bookkeeping or payroll can quickly learn how to set-up the software and run payroll regularly by reading through the support portion of the site, or by contacting the helpful staff at Patriot. Patriot staff have walked me through issues or guided me on the phone as I learned how to use a function of the software.
  • Patriot provides comprehensive quarterly tax filing records, including 941s, state unemployment compensation tax payments, state employer's tax and local employer's tax filings. You can also generate payroll or tax deposit reports over a specific time period or per employee.
  • The support and FAQ pages available on Patriot are very practical and written in an easy to understand manner. Using the information provided there, I was able to properly set up new employees according to local and state filing requirements.
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Cons
Clearbooks
  • Like any SaaS product, Clearbooks is continuously evolving and being improved
  • Some of the reports still need some work
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Patriot Software
  • Connecting with outside software - we have an issue of Patriot not recognizing donors when connected to other websites when all the information is the same minus a middle initial
  • Giving an error page when something small is off. Instead of giving an easy to fix error notification, Patriot brings the user to an error page and they have to reenter everything.
  • Fixing dates easily. If a date is entered incorrectly, 8/13/21 instead of 2021, an error pop up appears but the user has to click enter/okay many times or refresh the page in order to fix this issue.
  • Enter vs Tab key - Patriot loves the tab key but if the user clicks enter instead, many times it brings them to the home page.
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Likelihood to Renew
Clearbooks
No answers on this topic
Patriot Software
It works well because it is cheap for us.
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Usability
Clearbooks
No answers on this topic
Patriot Software
I think it is great once things are setup as for general user looking to look for simple things like a copy of a paystub or a current pay rate for an employee. However, to find specialized things like a state withholding number or payroll integration settings those do require a bit more digging to find or possibly a call to customer service for help.
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Support Rating
Clearbooks
No answers on this topic
Patriot Software
Generally speaking it is pretty good that when I need to call somebody up for a payroll question I can generally within five minutes get somebody on the phone and they can help me resolve the problem or specify where specifically I need to go or contact to find my answers. However, that being said, for my specific situation as a partner my assigned contact has not always been very responsive.
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Alternatives Considered
Clearbooks
Clearbooks was chosen 5 years ago as our accountant recommended it. There is an element of inertia in moving accounts packages.
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Patriot Software
I briefly used Intuit Online Payroll, and it was expensive, had no support, and was very frustrating to use. I also used 3 local tax companies for payroll - they were extremely expensive and messed up all of the time. Their employee turnover was very annoying (and it seemed to happen every other month) and each employee did things differently. When I let one of my employees go, the last company paid them after termination (2 weeks of salary), and had to get into a legal battle because the employee would not give the money back.
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Return on Investment
Clearbooks
  • I am not sure that ROI is an appropriate measure for an accounts package. The cost is around £250/year, which is a tiny fraction of the cost of a bookkeeper/finance controller/finance director/CFO.
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Patriot Software
  • It boosts my time available for client-facing activities by not having to spend as much time processing payroll.
  • It helps me deliver accurate reports to my CPA at tax time regarding employee wages and employer taxes.
  • Through the online portal, I can easily track year-to-date taxes my company has paid.
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ScreenShots

Patriot Software Screenshots

Screenshot of Payroll is carried out with a simple 3-step processScreenshot of Payroll can be run on any device with internet or data connection. There is no need to download and maintain a separate payroll app.Screenshot of Comprehensive payroll reports to sort by work location, employee, and date range.