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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail
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Managing Transaction Tax Audit Risk: How to Protect Precious Cash Flow by Proactively Addressing Audits
Even in the best economic times, businesses must be vigilant against unnecessary costs and risks. But not just businesses need to be vigilant@states and other

accounting payroll cash advance  with a company’s existing accounting and e-commerce systems, and, similar to outsourced payroll services, operates as a trusted extension of a company’s finance department to address tax compliance from start to finish: address validation, tax rate maintenance, tax determination and calculation, returns preparation and filing as well as audit research and documentation. To learn more about Sabrix MTS contact us at inforequest@sabrix.com, 866.472.2749. SABRIX®, the SABRIX logo, Consolidated Transactio

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Software Functionality Revealed in Detail

We’ve opened the hood on every major category of enterprise software. Learn about thousands of features and functions, and how enterprise software really works.

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Small Business Software (SBS)

The Small Business Software (SBS) evaluation model targets functional requirements for fully featured solutions designed to support all business requirements of a typical small business. Extending beyond mere accounting functions, it is primarily applicable to those businesses for which full-scale ERP software may be too complex or cumbersome. However, the model of SBS solutions includes all the essential categories such as General Ledger, Accounts Payable (A/P) and Accounts Receivable (A/R), Payroll, Job and Project Costing, Multinational Accounting, Light Manufacturing, Inventory, Technology, and much more. 

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