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Steve Collins
IQ Accounting Solutions

Pay Fields Missing From Payroll Entry Screen

I’ve had several calls recently from people trying to do payroll, but for some employees there are no pay fields showing in Payroll Entry. As a result there’s nowhere to enter the employee’s pay. The solution is simple, but far from obvious so I thought it would be a good topic to cover here. In […]

Printing the New 1099-NEC in Sage 50

You’ve probably heard by now that non-employee compensation now must be reported on form 1099-NEC, instead of the 1099-MISC. The 1099-MISC still exists for other types of payments (rents, royalties, attorney fees, etc.) but non-employee compensation, (payments to contractors) now have their own form. How does this affect Sage 50 users? It depends on how […]

Sage 50 2021.1 New Features

The first update to Sage 50 2021 released a few weeks ago. Many people were glad to get it because it fixed the problem that plagued some users with a lagging or freezing mouse pointer. But it also brought a couple of important new payroll features. Unlimited Pay Types – Previously you were limited to […]


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Setting a Default Cash Account for Cash Receipts

Out of the box, the standard behavior for the Receive Money window is Sage 50 is to remember the last account that was use in the Cash Account field. Sometimes that is fine, but other times it causes problems. For example, a common way to write off bad debt is to receive a dummy payment […]

Sage 50 2021 New Features

Sage 50 2021 released on July 15th 2020. The new release provides a few new features that improve ease of use. It also steps up security for those who integrate Sage 50 with Gmail. And the new feature that I haven’t had a chance to test yet but has the potential to be a huge […]

Using Price Levels in Sage 50 US Edition (formerly Peachtree)

Easily assign different prices to different groups of customers using price levels.


Sage 50’s quantity discount feature makes it easy to give price breaks based on the number of units sold.

Keep Column Widths When Copying Cells in Excel

When you copy and paste cells on a spreadsheet, do you get tired of having to resize the columns where you pasted the cells?  There are two good ways to copy the column widths along with your data. Copying entire columns is the fastest and easiest way to copy contents and formatting at the same […]

Accounting for PPP Funds in Sage 50

By now I’m sure most of you have heard about the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP). Several people who received money under the program have asked about the best way to account for the money in Sage 50, so I thought it would a good topic to address here. Most lenders are having PPP recipients setting […]