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  • Premier Icon Blazin-saddles
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    So, I’m a very small business owner, 1 man and occasional subbies kind of small. Up until now I have done manual tax returns and VAT returns, but as of April ‘22 I’ve got to go digital.

    I’m looking for a software recommendation for my needs. I don’t need payroll or whizz bang features, I just have simple accounting needs, up until now I’ve just had an excell spreadsheet set up to record everything and churn out my return figures.

    I’m a bit of a Luddite so self explanatory is good, It would be nice if it plays nicely with Mac, but happy to buy a cheap window laptop if it doesn’t and it would be nice if it didn’t cost an arm and a leg. What do you other small business owners use please?

    Premier Icon FB-ATB
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    Beware – a lot of software companies were charging a fortune to add on the tax module.

    Provider for the place I was at wanted several £k each for all 3 companies in the group and as we did VAT monthly, were going to charge more as we did 12×3 submissions rather than 4×3 they expected.

    In the end I found an intermediary company that only cost £60 pa for all 3 companies. Used the tax info from the system, loaded it into their interface and they sent it to HMRC.

    Premier Icon DavidB
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    We use Freeagent in our business and the charity I am a trustee of uses Xero. I prefer Freeagent, we file PAYE/CT/VAT from it directly and it produces our annual accounts. Costs us £28 a month.

    I recommend an online product as they are often updated quicker and can be used on multiple devices.

    Premier Icon sharkbait
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    QuickBooks Online here (so can be used by anything) don’t use it for my tax return as my BIL does that for me, but it produces all the numbers – and can do the return if you want.

    I do use it for VAT and have used it for employees PAYE.
    I pay £14/month.
    Well worth it for the ease of use, backups, updates, automatic import of linked bank accounts, etc.

    Premier Icon footflaps
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    Chap I ride with is an accountant, all his clients use his cloud based software which he uses for everything – it creates accounts for each of his clients. Saves him loads of work and means he doesn’t charge much for small companies etc. Can’t recall what it’s called….

    Premier Icon zippykona
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    Mrs Zip uses VT and finds it good. Like me ,she is a total numpty on a computer.
    We did buy a cheap laptop specifically for the purpose.

    Premier Icon DaveP
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    I used https://123sheets.com/ – it is the most basic – an excel spreadsheet that will upload. Cheap and cheerful

    Premier Icon Sandwich
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    A marker whilst I get some info from herself who works from the other side.

    Premier Icon sharkbait
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    Mrs Zip uses VT and finds it good. Like me ,she is a total numpty on a computer.
    We did buy a cheap laptop specifically for the purpose.

    I used to have my accounting software on my PC, but online offering has taken all away the worry about backing up and hardware/software failures.

    OP, if you go too cheap you may not get the full integration with HMRC/customs & excise which is one of the best bits.

    Premier Icon FB-ATB
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    may not get the full integration with HMRC/customs & excise

    I thought their approved software list should weed out incompatible software?

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    QuickBooks self employed here. Easy to use, runs in browser or on my phone app when I spend anything or record a journey. Submits without bother, once you have wrangled the HMRC government gateway registration in place.

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