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WHY USE DIGITAL SOFTWARE OVER HMRC?
Last updated: 14 Dec 2020 12:29
Posted in: AIA
With Making Tax Digital for Income Tax around the corner HMRC will be moving away from maintaining their own software. Now is the time to switch to digital, or at least the time to start researching your options.
Digital software helps those that need to submit a tax return keep on top of their bookkeeping. But that's just the beginning. We’ve asked Mike Parkes from AIA strategic partner, GoSimpleTax to better explain the benefits.
1. It’s easy to use
Unlike the HMRC portal, the majority of digital tools are really easy to use. That’s their core selling point: simplifying your clients tax return process.
2. You can get tips on how to make savings
Opportunities to lower your clients tax bill are highlighted to you by some software providers. GoSimpleTax, for instance, can point out payments that qualify as allowable expenditure.
Not only does this help you save some cash for your clients, but it also helps plan your clients finances for the next year.
3. You can find out what you owe at all times
‘I always encourage our clients to file early. Why? Because filing early lets you know how much your tax bill will be in advance.’ Say a lot of accountants – getting this to happen on the other hand can be hard work. But even before you file, most digital software providers allow you to see an estimate of your clients bill at any time. They take the income and expenditure information that you input throughout the tax year and automatically calculate how much Income Tax they will owe in advance of any deadlines.
4. It’s MTD-compliant
While not a concern right now, come 2023, HMRC will expect you to have brought your clients tax return process online. As part of their Making Tax Digital (MTD) campaign, all sole traders and other Self Assessment users will be expected to file online in a certain way.
Failure to do so might result in a fine. But if you choose to use a digital tool to file, you can rest easy. Most of them are MTD-compliant and provide the crucial ‘digital link’ to HMRC.
AIA Director of Operations David Potts said, “AIA would urge all members to research their options thoroughly. There are many reputable platforms available and we are confident that members and clients alike will immediately recognise the benefit of using digital software to send tax returns instead of using HMRC’s own portal.”
AIA would urge all members to research their options thoroughly. There are many reputable platforms available and we are confident that members and clients alike will immediately recognise the benefit of using digital software to send tax returns instead of using HMRC’s own portal.