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Xero vs Sage: Why choose Sage for accounting software

Want to know why over 3 million global businesses with half of the UK and Ireland's accountants and bookkeepers choose Sage?

Xero or Sage, which solution works for you?

Sage Xero
Core cloud accounting features
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Ireland & UK based telephone support
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Audit trails
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Free bank feeds
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Unlimited users
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Unlimited transactions and chart of accounts
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Built-in GDPR compliance
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Advanced views for accountants and bookkeepers
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24/7 UK support on the phone or online

With Sage, you'll speak to award-winning customer support via phone, chat or email. We're available 24/7 when you need us most to help you succeed with Sage Accounting.

Hidden transaction charges? Not with us

Avoid additional charges on your invoice when connecting your bank and reconciling transactions. You can also send as many invoices as you want.

Built to help Irish businesses succeed

Sage Accounting was built for businesses in Ireland. It has compliance functionality for GDPR built-in. This means you can manage personal data with total peace of mind.

Get the latest improvements at no extra cost

Sage Accounting regularly rolls out new features for small businesses, including the ability to track the status of emailed invoices and our mobile app. All at no extra charge.

Advanced views that accountants love

Sage gives accountants more flexibility with advanced navigation which organises functionality by ledger, making it easier to collaborate and get work done faster.

Plans to support you and your business
Get Accounting free for 3 months

All plans include the essentials. Cancel or upgrade any time.


Sage Business Cloud
FREE for 3 months
€0.00 + VAT/mo*
You save €30.00
  • Create and send sales invoices
  • Track what you’re owed
  • Automatic bank reconciliation
  • Calculate and submit VAT
  • Supports one user
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Sage Business Cloud


FREE for 3 months
€0.00 + VAT/mo*
You save €75.00
  • Create and send sales invoices
  • Track what you’re owed
  • Automatic bank reconciliation
  • Calculate and submit VAT
  • Supports unlimited users
  • Run advanced reports
  • Send quotes and estimates
  • Forecast cash flow
  • Manage purchase invoices
  • Snap receipts with AutoEntry, 2 months free(2)
  • Multi-currency banking and invoicing
  • Manage inventory

*Get 3 months free, then €10/€25 + VAT/mo (tier depending). Terms and conditions apply.
(1)Starting at 5 employees for €0.00 (offer price when coupled with Sage Accounting) per month + VAT with the option to add employee tiers for up to 100 employees. RRP from €10 + VAT per month (after offer).
(2)Snap and upload data from unlimited receipts, invoices and supplier statements with AutoEntry, with 2 months free. Subject to fair usage policy.

Xero vs Sage FAQs

Sage Accounting is software for managing your business’s accounting. It allows you to quickly and easily create and track invoices, track cash flow, accept payments, record transactions, automate admin, capture expenses, and much more.

Sage Accounting is designed for small business owners (supports unlimited users) and sole traders (with or without staff) operating in any industry – from professional services to construction to retail.

You can use Sage Accounting either by yourself or with collaborators. It’s easy to give access to multiple users, including an accountant (if you use one). You don’t need any previous experience with accounting software to get started. Functionality can be extended to include payroll.

Take a 30 day free trial of Sage Accounting or buy now for €10+VAT per month for Sage Accounting Start. Alternatively, check our latest offers.

With Sage you get a complete package of accounting software with free bank feeds and unlimited data included. You get more detailed functionality with audit trails that show details like invoice and transaction numbers. And most importantly, you get 24-7 UK based support over the phone or online for faster help when you need it.

To make it easier to choose the accounting solution that’s right for your business, here are some questions to ask when making your decision:

  • Will I get the support I need? Make sure you get 24/7 phone and online support so that help is available quickly when you need it. Not all organisations have phone lines which can mean longer wait times for support.
  • Does the software help me remain compliant? Choose a solution that makes it easy to comply with changing regulations. And pick a compliance specialist. Look out for GDPR functionality and Revenue compliant software.
  • Will the accounting software grow with me as my business grows? It’s important to pick a solution that works for you now and in the future. Ask about future plans for the product around Brexit changes, compliance, artificial intelligence and automation – you want a forward-thinking team of experts by your side.
  • Can the right people get the information they need?
    Make sure you have fast, easy access to your information. Make sure you have access to your finances on the go with an intuitive mobile app with customised views. If you’re using an accountant, make sure you can collaborate with them easily in real-time.
  • What’s included and what costs extra?

Yes. Unlike other providers, we give you the option to adopt Sage Payroll separately. Sage Payroll is an intuitive cloud-based solution that makes it effortless to confidently manage your payroll with security, accuracy and compliance you can trust. Easily switch from Xero to Sage with simple set up and data import.

  • Manage payroll for up to 50 employees 
  • Get easy-to-use 4 step cloud-based payroll, we handle calculations so you can send employee payslips in minutes 
  • Avoid mistakes with fully Revenue recognised software 
  • Automate payroll calculations and submissions to save valuable time 
  • Create and access reports to analyse your payroll and make informed decisions 
  • Access expert support on the phone or online 24/7 
  • Share access with your accountant for greater collaboration 
  • Automatically track your payroll data in Sage Accounting

See our latest Payroll offers.

Access Sage Accounting from the mobile app

Take control of your business when you’re on the move with the free Sage mobile app.

  • Get a clear view of money going in and out of your business each week, month or year
  • Quickly and easily send invoices to customers and see when they’re paid
  • View unpaid and overdue invoices and send reminders to customers

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