As a tax accountant, it’s your job to make the tax and accounting process simple for your clients. Luckily, there are several software applications available that take the guesswork out of accounting and streamline the process for both you and your clients. Best of all? These software picks are affordable regardless of the size of the business.
Take a look at these four accounting programs that your clients will truly thank you for recommending.
Help your clients track their expenses by recommending bookkeeping software they can use at home or with their business.
Tally is one of the biggest accounting applications available in India today, holding more than 75% of the market share. Over two billion individuals and small businesses use Tally to track their inventory, manufacturing, statutory requirements, payroll, and accounting. Tally is simple to use and incredibly easy for anyone to learn. It’s also fully customisable, so your clients can easily implement it no matter the size of their business.
For their accounting needs, Tally can be used as a complete bookkeeping package including receivables and payables, credit management, cash flow and fund flow, financial statements, multi-currency accounting, sales and tax invoicing, and scenario management.
Clients interested in trying Tally can sign up to test drive Tally.ERP 9 directly on the website.
Another leading accounting program available in India is Busy. With over one million users worldwide, Busy is perfect for small- to medium-sized businesses. Features include multi-currency financial accounting, inventory management, CST and VAT reports, service tax and TDS, and MIS reports and requirements, just to name a few. Your clients will also have access to POS billing and item barcode printing. For your clients who are on the go, Busy offers a remote addition that allows viewing and editing from anywhere with an Internet connection.
Busy is available as a free 30-day trial so your clients can try it out before they buy. The trial version can be downloaded directly from their website.
Ensure your clients compare features and pricing before purchasing bookkeeping software.
Do you have clients who aren’t looking to spend a lot of their hard-earned money on accounting software? You can recommend Marg, a free accounting program that can downloaded directly from the company’s website. Marg accounting software is provided free of cost to accountants, accountant students, CAs, and for personal use.
Features include multi-currecny support, multiple financial years, accounting reports, sales and tax reports, reminders, a personal organiser, and VAT returns and E-Returns. Marg is a no-cost solution for clients who aren’t looking to spend money on a accounting program.
Intuit QuickBooks is one of the most well-known bookkeeping programs available on the market today, and it’s available in India. QuickBooks Online currently comes in three different versions: Simple Start, Essentials, and Plus. Clients can choose which one works best for them and even start a free trial without using a credit card.
Features available in QuickBooks include branded invoices, sales and expense monitoring, online banking integration, automatic VAT returns, and free access for accountants. The Essentials and Plus versions offer multi-currency support, company snapshots, supplier billing, budgets, purchase orders, and even inventory management. If the online version isn’t right for your clients, Intuit offers a desktop version of the software called QuickBooks 2014 Desktop.
Tally, Busy, Marg, and QuickBooks are all great choices for any client looking for an accounting program for personal or business use. All offer a free trial or demo version, so both you and your clients can try it before purchasing.
Brian Flax is a freelance writer based out of the Washington, D.C., area. He is experienced in a variety of topics including finance, accounting, and technology.