In Version 2020, multiple improvements have been made to the Lock Out All Users feature (File | Lockout All Users). This feature can be useful when you want to keep others from logging in while you perform maintenance.
Note: These feature enhancements are included in Version 20.3.4.
Our 2020 User Survey is now open and we would love to hear your feedback on Tabs3 Software and your experiences with support! The User Survey is used to help us continue to offer the best software and service possible, and will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. We will use your feedback to help us make the Tabs3 Software you use even better.
You can take the survey by following this link:
The IRS changed several requirements for 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC submissions for tax year 2020. Stay up-to-date on how these changes affect Tabs3 Software!
Knowledge Base Article R11856, “IRS 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC Changes for Tax Year 2020,” provides a brief overview of upcoming changes to IRS Forms 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC tax filing, as well as recommendations to help your firm prepare.
As a result of these IRS form changes, we will be making future changes to Tabs3 Trust Accounting and Tabs3 Accounts Payable in an upcoming release. Once these changes have been implemented, this Knowledge Base Article will be updated with more information.
We are also offering two webinars to learn more about 1099-MISC and 1099-NEC form changes. You can sign up for the following dates at https://register.gotowebinar.com/rt/8704973605526448655:
Our Knowledge Base can be accessed at support.Tabs3.com. You can also access our Knowledge Base while in the software by selecting Help | Internet Resources | Knowledge Base.
Our office will be closed on Thursday, November 26th and Friday, November 27th, in recognition of Thanksgiving.
Here are some helpful Support resources that are available 24/7:
Have you started using the great new navigation features, or are you still using Task Folders? If you’re using Quick Launch, All Actions, and My Actions, then you already know that we provide several customizable ways to access the features you need whether they’re tasks you perform every day, only once a year, or somewhere in the middle.
The following options for navigating the software can be turned on or off via View | Theme Settings.
When selected, the Quick Launch can be used to search for a feature, pin frequently accessed actions and matters, or quickly access a recent action or matter.
When selected, the Home Page adds options for quickly accessing features and information:
The menus in each application provide access to all of the features in the application.
Many keyboard shortcuts are included in the software for power users. Keyboard shortcuts can help save time by keeping your hands on the keyboard more, instead of repeatedly moving to and from the mouse.
For more information on these navigation features and more, check out the Navigating Through Tabs3 Software Video. If you’re not using these navigation features, you’re missing out!
Do you often find yourself clicking No when prompted to make a backup in Tabs3 Software? If so, is it because you don’t have time to wait for a backup to complete, or because other people are currently working and they don’t have the time to log out and wait?
The HotBackup feature in Tabs3 Platinum Software alleviates the issue of making everyone log out because your data is backed up while others continue working in the software. Additionally, thanks to Platinum’s Transaction Processing feature and server processing capabilities, you are prompted to back up less often, and backups are completed in significantly less time.
HotBackup provides the ability to schedule backups throughout the day. Backups can be set up to run at a specific time on weekdays, every day, or on specific days. This means there will always be a recent restore point if the need arises, and less data (if any) to reenter. You can configure automatic notifications so that once a scheduled HotBackup has been run, an email will be sent to a designated recipient upon completion or failure of the HotBackup. This gives you added security of always knowing that the existing HotBackups are solid. You can select multiple email addresses for messages to be sent to, select whether a message is sent if the HotBackup succeeds or fails, and even customize the message as desired.
The standard built-in Back Up Data Files program is limited to storing a maximum of three backups with a maximum of 2GB in size for each backup. However, with HotBackup, you can store up to 198 backups, and the only size limitation is the amount of free space on your hard drive. You can select how many backups you want to keep at any given time, and you can even choose where you want your HotBackups stored!
It is important to note that the built-in backup programs in the Tabs3 Software only back up data files. They do not back up program files, nor do they back up every file in the Tabs3 Current Working Directory. You will need to use a third-party backup to back up the Current Working Directory for the purpose of recovering from a catastrophic failure, such as fire, flood, theft, server hard drive failure, etc.
Having viable data backups is important in any business. Stop daring fate by clicking No when prompted for a backup.
For more information on backing up the data, check out Knowledge Base Articles R11193, HotBackup Overview,” and R11213, “Backup Strategy.” For more information about Platinum features, see Knowledge Base Article R11379, “Platinum Overview.” If you have any questions regarding Platinum features, contact your local consultant, or contact Technical Support at (402) 419-2210.
Whether your firm works with Tabs3 General Ledger journal entries manually or integrates with Tabs3 Billing and Tabs3 Accounts Payable, it’s important to understand how journal entries are stored and tracked in General Ledger.
The Working with Journal Entries video walks you through the basics of entering journal records in General Ledger and provides insight on how to track journal activity using various resources.
Watch this three-minute video here:
Training Videos can be accessed at Tabs3.com/videos. You can also access the videos while in the software by selecting Help | Training Videos.
Did you know that the autofill feature allows you to type in certain fields in order to quickly find what you’re looking for?
All fields with lookup windows have autofill capabilities. As you enter characters into a lookup field, the field will autofill based on the information entered. The first available result will be displayed as highlighted text, with additional characters entered replacing the autofill and updating the results.
When an autofill suggestion exists, a list of possible choices matching the characters entered will also be displayed, allowing you to easily select the entry you want to complete the field. For records that use an identifier, such as the Client ID field for Client records (Tabs3 Billing, PracticeMaster, and Tabs3 Trust Accounting) or User/Group field for Calendar records (PracticeMaster), a second column will be shown containing additional information about the record (e.g., the client’s Name and Work Description, or the User Name).
Note: This feature can be disabled by selecting the Disable Autofill for all lookup fields check box in User Configuration (System Configuration | File | Open | Users).
The Timekeeper Productivity Report can show billed information, worked information, rates, and paid information.
To run the Timekeeper Productivity Report
Transactions that have been processed on a final statement, but not updated via Update Statements, have a “U” status. This status denotes that, although the transaction is technically work-in-process, there are some limitations on what can be done with them.
When a transaction has a “U” status, you cannot transfer, delete, or change the status of the transaction. However, you can make edits to the transaction. Keep in mind that any changes to a critical field on the transaction, such as to the rate, hours, or amount, will require you to generate a new final bill before you can update the statement.
One option to track gifts and cards is to add check boxes to the Contact file for each item you want to track. You can then select the applicable check box(es) for each contact who should receive that gift or card. Optionally create new fields for any notes or dates you want to add for additional tracking. Filters and reports can be created to easily see which contacts should receive a card or gift.
To create a check box field in the Contact file
You can now add the new field to the Contact form via Form Designer (Edit | Form Designer).
The tabs that are displayed within the Contact file are controlled by the Configure Contact Pages function. Which will allow you to select the tabs you would like to see.
To display the Calendar and Contact Usage tab in the Contact file
The Combine Trust Transactions program is used to combine one or more unpaid check, EFT, or deposit transactions into a single combined transaction that can be cleared on the reconciliation.
To Combine Trust Transactions
Now all of the entries you included on the combined transaction will show as a single item on your reconciliation.
When setting up a new bank account, you must make sure that integration settings have a transaction code specified for the desired payment type(s).
To set up a new bank account to integrate with Tabs3 Billing
Note: For more information on how Tabs3 Software integrates, refer to our Integration Guide.
The Description field allows a total of 60 characters, but an extended description invoice can be created to provide a longer description.
To create an extended invoice description
When printing the check for the invoices, the extended description will print following the previous description on the check stub. The date, invoice number, and amounts print once.
Note: In order to print an extended invoice description, the vendor must have the One Check per Invoice check box cleared in the Vendor file.
The Exclude from 1099 Reporting check box in Invoice/Manual Checks provides the ability to do just that. This check box can be selected or cleared at any point, even if the invoice has been posted to Tabs3 General Ledger.
To exclude an invoice from a Vendor’s 1099 form
Note: The Exclude from 1099 Reporting check box will not be available if the vendor does not have a Federal ID # or 1099 Info entered.
The Date through which books are closed option provides the ability to make sure older journal entries are not changed.
To change the Date through which books are closed
Note: This date specifies a close date for which the firm no longer wants journal entries posted or edited. This allows you to preserve the integrity of historical financial information.
The most common reason for this to occur is that the Retained Earnings account was not closed out at the end of the year. Many firms choose to enter a manual journal entry for the last day of their fiscal year to bring the Retained Earnings balance to zero; however, this is not required.
For more information, refer to Knowledge Base article R11590, “All About Retained Earnings.”