Independent Systems Selected for Mapics Certified Partner Program

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Independent Systems to offer Sales and Use Tax Compliance Solutions to Mapics Customers

Mapics customers have been seeking a fully integrated, affordable solution for sales and use tax compliance

Independent Systems and Programming, Inc., a leading provider of software and databases for sales, use and payroll tax compliance, today announced that they have been selected into the Mapics Certified Partner Program. The partnership calls for Independent Systems to offer sales and use tax compliance software and databases to companies using Mapics industry-leading ERP systems.

Mapics ERP for iSeries, Mapics ERP for Extended Systems, and Mapics SyteLine ERP systems enable manufacturers to be world class in their industry by allowing them to gain market share, operate at peak efficiency, and exceed customer expectations. By adding Independent Systems' sales and use tax solutions for the United States and/or Canada to any existing Mapics ERP system, companies can automate the majority of the processes required for sales and use tax compliance affordably all with minimal programming and without any changes to the existing MAPICS ERP system. Along with nearly 500 Independent Systems customers worldwide, Mapics customers such as , X-Rite, Unarco Material Handling, Inc., and Siegling America discovered that Independent Systems has delivered comprehensive tax rate calculator/accumulator programs, tax rate databases and state tax returns software with accuracy and dependability since 1977 - and at a fraction of the cost of larger competitors.

Independent Systems sales and use tax solutions for Mapics include: SalestaxII for Mapics ERP for iSeries; SalestaxPC for Mapics SyteLine ERP; SalestaxPC for Mapics ERP for Extended Systems; and LaserBridge+ which facilitates electronic, editable state tax returns for all systems.

"Mapics customers have been seeking a fully integrated, affordable solution for sales and use tax compliance," said John Osman, President. "For a manufacturer to meet Mapics' definition of a world-class performer, every employee -- no matter what department they work in - need to be focusing on processes that will improve the company's bottom-line margins. Working with Mapics, we can help manufacturers avoid the senseless fines associated with many sales and use tax audits and allow the company's employees to focus on things other than monthly tax rate updates and filing returns."

Independent Systems and Mapics have a history of mutual customers," said Craig McKay, Director of Partner Management for Mapics. "This partnership formalizes our relationship and we welcome Independent Systems to our Certified Partner Program. Independent Systems has the opportunity to work even more closely with MAPICS customers to help them automate the majority of the processes required for sales and use tax compliance.

As one of Mapics' newest Certified Partners, Independent Systems exhibited at the 2004 Mapics "MPower" International Customer Conference in Chicago, June 6-9, 2004. The conference drew over 1,400 participants, a record attendance.

About Mapics

Mapics is one of the largest global solutions provider focused exclusively on manufacturing. Building on more than 25 years of industry experience and proven success, Mapics helps manufacturers be world class by gaining market share, operating at peak efficiency, and exceeding customer expectations. Mapics solutions include software -- extended ERP, CRM, and supply chain management -- and professional services. The solutions are implemented on the two industry-leading technology platforms -- Microsoft and IBM. Headquartered in Atlanta, Mapics has implemented solutions in more than 10,000 customer sites in more than 70 countries. For more information, visit http://www.mapics.com.

About Independent Systems

Independent Systems is a privately held software development company, incorporated in 1977 to market and support tax software for business. Independent Systems developed the expertise required to interact with state, county and city government agencies that levy and regulate sales & use tax on personal tangible property, a requirement of maintaining an accurate tax database. Independent Systems products are used in over 500 companies and institutions worldwide.

The corporate address for Independent Systems is 12 West Wilson Street -- Suite C, Batavia, IL 60510; telephone (630) 879-6550. Contact information for Sales and Marketing at Independent Systems is sales@taxrates.com or 404-446-1107 More information on Independent Systems and its solutions can be found at http://www.taxrates.com.

Information:

Independent Systems: John Osman, john@taxrates.com, 404-446-1107

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