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Accounting & Payroll Software (MTD compliant)

Recommendations for Making Tax Digital compliant Accounting & Payroll Software for a small business?

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Please could members provide some recommendations for a Making Tax Digital compliant Accounting and Payroll Software product, suitable for a small business that would prefer a non-cloud based solution, but one that is still MTD compliant. Ideally a system that allows for growth of the business. Thank you in advance for your much appreciated suggestions.

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By Matrix
25th Sep 2018 22:51

Take a look at the list of MTD software which HMRC published on their MTD notice to see if there is something to suit your requirements or ask your accountant.

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By MRCAS
28th Sep 2018 13:51

That was the first stop, before seeking input from AccountingWEB members. Accountant uses IRIS and presently does the Payroll. Apparently unprepared for MTD.

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By coolmanwithbeard
26th Sep 2018 06:11

QuickBooks desktop is MTD compliant allowing filing via the new channels from April next year.

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By janefg
27th Sep 2018 12:39

When did this happen? Does it only apply to newer versions of desktop QuickBooks (i.e. after they started charging a monthly subscription)?

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
26th Sep 2018 08:48

Pretty much anything you like is compliant other than a manual ledger.

The only MTD item that is probably going t0 happen is VAT filing for which you can use a bolt on to ping the same data to HMRC as you do now.

The rest is pie in the sky, and I would worry about when and if it happens.

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By ShayaG
27th Sep 2018 13:10

Incorrect. Most software is not digitally linked to HMRC's servers in the prescribed fashion.

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
01st Oct 2018 18:14

ShayaG wrote:

Incorrect. Most software is not digitally linked to HMRC's servers in the prescribed fashion.

Read the post - that’s not what ireallyshould said.

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By ShayaG
04th Oct 2018 15:07

"Pretty much anything you like is compliant other than a manual ledger." is incorrect.

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By lionofludesch
26th Sep 2018 10:36

Ah - we're all wondering what to use at the moment.

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By MRCAS
28th Sep 2018 13:59

We just want a simple, easy to use, compliant product. We've been running Excel based reporting for general Accounting activity quite satisfactorily, however we're aware of MTD and wish to be ready for it, and also we're bringing our Payroll back in house, following patchy experiences with outsourced provision.

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
01st Oct 2018 18:19

Try this as a bridging software http://www.absoluteexcelvatfiler.co.uk

We use Moneysoft for our payroll, which is excellent and cheap.

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By Diana Miller
27th Sep 2018 12:21

For all the new products on the market good old desktop QuickBooks or Sage 50 are perfectly fine. In our area the internet speeds are awful and make the cloud ones pretty unattractive so we find these two options work fine.

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By ShayaG
27th Sep 2018 13:11

I find the price point painful though - what would be nice would be an Excel plug in.

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
01st Oct 2018 18:18

ShayaG wrote:

I find the price point painful though - what would be nice would be an Excel plug in.

http://www.absoluteexcelvatfiler.co.uk

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By MRCAS
28th Sep 2018 13:52

Our Finance Manager finds SAGE too clunky.

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By janefg
27th Sep 2018 12:45

What do people think of SAGE and MTD?

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By JCresswellTax
27th Sep 2018 12:58

A match made in hell.

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By lionofludesch
27th Sep 2018 17:56

janefg wrote:

What do people think of SAGE and MTD?

Unimpressed is the polite word,

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By MRCAS
28th Sep 2018 13:53

We're just not going there.

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By reconynge
28th Sep 2018 12:25

I may regret asking this, but why non-cloud based?

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By MRCAS
28th Sep 2018 13:56

Unreliable Broadband (flakey BT) and Finance Manager and MD both distrust the Cloud.

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By The Wages Room
01st Oct 2018 14:21

For payroll software I always recommend Brightpay. Totally compliant, easy and great support

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By Coppice Payroll
04th Oct 2018 13:09

I agree. BrightPay fits the bill exactly. Inexpensive, easy to use and the support team are fantastic.

They've actually just won 'Payroll Software of The Year' with Accounting Excellence, if you needed something else to convince you to try it.

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By The Wages Room
01st Oct 2018 14:21

For payroll software I always recommend Brightpay. Totally compliant, easy and great support

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By clark.hall
02nd Oct 2018 08:36

For bookkeeping I recommend VT Transaction+ (just set-up one client on it recently) and plan to make use of the Absolute bridging software.

For payroll - I personally use and prefer BrightPay and has it happens I'm finding its the software that clients take to best when they're insistent on doing their own.

I honestly believe that both the above offer the best value software in their categories.

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