In an effort to bolster its payroll outsourcing services, Best Software acquired Dallas-based Federal Liaison Services Inc., a maker of software and services that automate payroll tax payments and filings, wage garnishments, and W-2/1099 processing for employers.

Terms were not disclosed.

Prior to the purchase, Best had been an FLS reseller.

As part of the deal, Blake Eaton, FLS's chief financial officer, joins Best as general manager of the business unit, and will continue to oversee FLS. FLS chief executive Fran Bartlett will work with Best on a transitional basis.

Best said that the combined solution enables it to compete with offerings from ADP, Ceridian and other tax and payroll outsource providers.

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