To print final accounts, Trust Accounts has always used an accounts formatting tool. Over the years there have been three of them:
- Orchard. This is the old DOS formatter. It hasn’t been supported for many years and does not work at all on 64-bit operating systems. The option for the Orchard formatter is removed in this release.
- Viztopia (also known as VAP). This is the main accounts formatter used today for accounts formatting.
- CCH Accounts Production (also known as AP). This is the new accounts formatter introduced with this release of Trust Accounts.
CCH Accounts Production sits in CCH Central. CCH Central is a Central database containing records of clients and contacts. It is also the launchpad for most CCH applications, such as CCH Personal Tax, CCH Accounts Production and CCH Document Management, although not CCH Trust Accounts.
CCH Accounts Production was initially written for the production of limited company accounts. It also supports Charities. The advantages of using CCH Accounts Production are:
- It sits in Central. So the same contacts that are used in Personal Tax for beneficiaries, trustees etc. can be used in the accounts formatting. This avoids duplication of data.
- CCH Accounts Production is written in .Net and is the focus of continuing development. It is a more modern accounts formatter.
- CCH Accounts Production is more like Excel and permits the use of commands such as SUM() as well as the older VAP commands.
VAP continues to be supported. Although it will eventually be terminated, no date has yet been decided. It is possible to try out AP on a few clients while other clients remain on VAP because AP is switched on at client level. When AP is switched on, client data such as names and paragraphs in Statutory Database are converted to AP, along with any local accounts pages. It is even possible to revert to using VAP on a client after using AP.
Although AP has many strengths, it still has some limitations:
- It currently does not support Pension accounts. These are expected to be available in 2016.3.