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Bennett/Porter’s conference returns! Join us for Connections 2018

Posted by B/P News & Notes on February 13, 2018 at 3:53 PM

In 2017, we here at Bennett/Porter took a year off from hosting our annual Connections conference to focus on expanding our software and service offerings. This year we return with Bennett/Porter & Associates - Connections 2018 - Celebrating 30 Years in Business - People. Ideas. Technology.  and we invite you and your colleagues to join us.

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Topics: People. Ideas. Technology., Conferences, Information Technology, ERP, Business Technology, Customer Success, Business Essentials, Human Capital Management, News Alert, connections 2018

What taxes did you just trigger?

Posted by B/P News & Notes on February 6, 2018 at 11:46 AM

Because Oregon has no sales tax, many businesses that we work with don't have to concern themselves with compliance in that particular area. But as you might have learned about from reading our recent free whitepaper on sales tax changes arriving in 2018, cross-state sales tax compliance is a growing issue for growing companies. You want to be as certain as you can that your day to day activities aren't provoking unseen tax obligations. Here's an on-demand webinar to further your awareness of taxes.

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Topics: Taxes

Two 2018 Tax Law Changes: Elective and Required Withholdings

Posted by B/P News & Notes on January 30, 2018 at 12:56 PM

State and federal tax law changes are causing employees everywhere to stop and reconsider what they are seeing on their paychecks. Even if workers don't see any adjustments at all, it might be a good time to evaluate the amounts being deducted for accuracy. After all, nobody likes surprises during tax season, and next year's might be a doozy for those who don't align their withholdings to the correct expectations.

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Topics: Taxes

How to Populate Sage's 'Plan Start Month' ACA Field

Posted by B/P News & Notes on January 24, 2018 at 1:11 PM

Sage 100 has a new field this year on the ACA Employee Maintenance screen: 'Plan Start Month'. In the process of helping customers complete their filings, we've noticed that not a single one of them have had a correct value in this field. How can such a seemingly straightforward field be incorrectly filled so frequently? We suspect the problem is that Sage has set the default value to “00”, and those people filling out the field simply move through it assuming that the value is valid. So what should people do instead?

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Topics: Sage 100

How will Sage's pricing changes affect you?

Posted by B/P News & Notes on January 23, 2018 at 4:36 PM

Sage changed their software’s pricing structure in 2017 with the introduction of Sage 100c – a Subscription-based version of Sage 100. Now, in 2018, Sage has created a strategy that attempts to motivate Perpetually-licensed Sage 100 customers to move to the new Subscription-based 100c. This applies to customers who own, rather than rent, the software and who have a current Sage Business Care Plan. It’s important that Sage customers educate themselves about what all of this means and how it will affect their Sage 100 solution over the next two years. This post is an effort to help with that education.

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Topics: Sage 100c

What sales tax changes are arriving in 2018?

Posted by B/P News & Notes on January 16, 2018 at 3:22 PM

What sales tax changes are arriving in 2018If you're responsible for keeping your company compliant with its sales tax obligations, then you’re probably already exhausted as the new year starts. In 2017, we saw tens of thousands of sales tax changes (36,254, changes to be precise) occur across all the states in the nation. But that may just have been a precursor for what’s coming in 2018. Depending on what you sell and where you sell it, your organization may continue to see - and have to respond to - more big sales tax changes this year.

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Topics: Taxes

What will trigger your next tax audit?

Posted by B/P News & Notes on January 11, 2018 at 9:51 AM

Did you know that wholesalers and distributors are in the top five most-audited industries?
State and local sales and use tax regulations can be complicated, and the rules are constantly shifting. Historically, this unintuitive taxability has caused certain industries to struggle with compliance and, hence, to fall into the sites of government auditors far more frequently than others. In the free whitepaper published by Peisner Johnson & Company together with Avalara, you’ll learn which industries are most as risk and where the majority of errors stem from.

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Topics: Taxes

Bennett/Porter is once again a VAR Star!

Posted by B/P News & Notes on January 3, 2018 at 3:29 PM

Continuing our streak, Bennett/Porter and Associates has again been selected as a member of Bob Scott’s VAR Stars. As in previous years, we have been included for 2017 with a group of 99 other organizations honored for their accomplishments and excellence in the field of mid-market financial software.

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Topics: Technology Awards

Three Sales Tax Triggers for Your Growing Software Company

Posted by B/P News & Notes on December 14, 2017 at 1:54 PM
Software sales tax can be a tough concept to wrap your head around.  Even tougher once you consider this:   Your sales tax obligations mirror your company. In other words, as you grow (new products, new staff, new locations), your sales tax triggers  and hence your obligations  grow, too. 

At this very moment, your business may be engaging in activities that create nexus — the obligation to collect and remit sales tax in a state. In fact, the 2017 Avalara Sales Tax Survey for Software Companies found that high-growth software companies trigger, on average, nine new sales tax obligations each year. 

Let’s look at the three most common triggers identified in the survey and why they may warrant taking another look at nexus.

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Topics: Taxes

Sage 100/100c Version 2018 Has Been Released!

Posted by B/P News & Notes on October 24, 2017 at 11:53 AM
On Friday, Sage announced the release of Sage 100/100c Version 2018. The Payroll and Job Cost modules have been completely rewritten in Version 2018, and the TimeCard module re-write is to be completed in February with Version 2018, Product Update 1.

You can see the full list of 2018 enhancements here:

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Topics: Sage 100

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