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Xero vs Sage: Why choose Sage for accounting software

Easy invoicing, clear cash flow insights, advanced views for accountants - that's why over 3 million global businesses choose Sage.

Xero or Sage, which accounting solution works for you?

 Features Sage  Xero 
Core cloud accounting features    
Telephone support    
Unlimited chart of accounts    
Unlimited transactions    
Audit trails    
Advanced views for accountants and bookkeepers    
Bank feeds

Human support when you need it

Call our support team, talk online, or email us - our experts are available over the phone and by chat from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Friday. Webchat support only is available on Saturdays and Sundays, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. And the support doesn’t stop there. Get started quickly and easily by joining our onboarding community and learn how to use our products with free, simple training.

No hidden costs

Small budgets don’t limit your access at Sage. With clear plans and pricing, you can easily choose the functionality that works for you and make the most of game-changing benefits, with no hidden costs.

Compliance made simple

With software you can rely on and over 40 years' experience with Irish tax law at Sage, it’s easy to keep up with the latest legislation. Sage Accounting is self-assessment compatible and has built-in GDPR compliance so that you have everything you need in one place to easily stay compliant.   

Switching is easy and free

It’s quick and easy to switch to Sage Accounting. You can import your chart of accounts, contacts, services, bank statements and more with simple CSV templates and 1-1 support.

Plans to support you and your business

Get full access to your product, and upgrade or cancel at any time. No long-term contracts, commitments or hidden fees.

Accounting Start

Great for sole traders and freelancers.
per month/excl VAT*
FREE for 3 months, then €15 a month. You save €45
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Great for sole traders and start-ups.
per month/excl VAT*
FREE for 3 months, then €31 a month. You save €93.00
*Get 3 months free, then €15/€31 + 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 €12 + VAT per month (after offer).

Don't forget our easy-to-use Payroll

Sage Payroll integrates with Sage Accounting or comes as a standalone solution. Breeze through pay runs in 4 steps, save time with automatic employee assessments and enrolments into workplace pensions, and stay Revenue compliant.

Webinar: Explore Sage Accounting

Set yourself up for success with Sage Accounting and find out how to get up and running quickly. Join the webinar to learn how to:

  • Log in and access help
  • Set up contacts
  • Set up banking records and learn the basics
  • Create, customise, and send invoices

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.

Buy now for €15/month + VAT for Sage Accounting Start. Alternatively, click here to 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 Ireland and 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 phone and online support so that help is available quickly when you need it.
  • Does the software help me remain compliant ?
    Choose a solution that makes it easy to comply with changing regulations. And pick a compliance specialist. Our software stays up-to-date with all the latest Revenue legislation, helping you to stay compliant.
  • 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 ?

Manage payroll for up to 100 employees

  • Easy-to-use 4 step Do-It-Yourself cloud-based payroll
  • Easily stay up-to-date on the latest legislation
  • Automated payroll calculations and submissions
  • Multi-user access providing unique individual logins and added security
  • Access reporting to analyse your payroll and make informed decisions
  • Expert support whenever you need – 24/7, 365 days a year
  • Easily switch to Sage with a simple setup and data import
  • Share access with your accountant
  • Automatically track your payroll data in Sage Accounting

Click here to see our latest Payroll offers. 

If you've decided to move to Sage Accounting using a simple data import, your ledger accounts can only be imported before you create any transactions and records so be sure to include all of the data you wish to move across before creating any records in Sage Accounting.

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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