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Best software for CT returns

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I'm currently in the process of setting up as self-employed and will (hopefully!) have clients that will need CT returns submitting. I'm wondering what people have found to be the best software to use to submit CT returns. I've used BTC previously but I don't know if it is the best (although it is manageable!) and now that I'll be paying out the initial costs I can't help but think it's very expensive! 

Would anyone be able to recommend a good software that has low start-up costs? I don't mind if it's a monthly cost, but an upfront cost to pay for it outright is not really in my budget at the moment!

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By Southwestbeancounter
06th Aug 2019 18:07

Take a look at Taxfiler - we find that works well for our CT clients - we only have around 20 CT clients so like you didn't want to spend a fortune on software. We pay annually now as they offered us a discount but you can pay monthly if that suits you better. Good luck with your new venture!

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By paulhammett
06th Aug 2019 18:56

I’m a big fan of Taxfiler too, excellent cost-effective software. I just hope that Iris don’t mess with it too much.

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By Southwestbeancounter
06th Aug 2019 19:05

Yes, agreed Paul! As soon as I knew they'd bought them out I knew the price would go up - it doubled! - but it was particularly cheap to start with so I'm still happy with the pricing structure especially compared with other accounts production software etc I buy. I just hope that Iris don't touch it too much too!

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By SXGuy
06th Aug 2019 21:55

Expect it to keep going up annually.

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By SXGuy
06th Aug 2019 21:55

I use tax calc. The pricing options are dependant on amount needed to file. I find that quite good as it keeps the cost down

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By Jerome Lane
07th Aug 2019 01:46

Taxcalc is often good for smaller firms and it’s client hub is pretty useful too

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By Tim Vane
07th Aug 2019 04:38

Another vote for Taxfiler. A tenner a month will give you accounts production and CT600s for your first 10 clients. Amazing value for startups compared to the hundreds I paid back in the day.

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By SamPayne
07th Aug 2019 11:04

Been using BTC for a few years, my last invoice was about 200 for the year - CT.
Since we upgraded (more clients) they offered us a monthly sub payment plan, def suggest calling them.

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By Helen1990
07th Aug 2019 11:22

Thanks for the suggestions! I've gotten in touch with Taxfiler, TaxCalc and BTC (to see if they'll offer a monthly plan!) now.
Thanks for all your help.

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By gbowyer
08th Aug 2019 11:54

I use Absolute Top Up, minimum of £30 for 5 returns of any sort. I have used it as an add on for clients over my current PTP limit and found the software really easy to use. And you only need to buy the licences that you require.

The only thing you need to remember is that all licences expire in March I think. Being clever I bought extra to stop having to repurchase after using every five returns - and the unused ones couldn't be used after the imminent expiry date.

Just part of the learning curve when you go independent and are in a rush 8-)

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By Arbitrary
08th Aug 2019 12:55

Why not use Top Up Tax as gbowyer suggests? You will however have to be able to separately generate an iXBRL tagged set of the accounts to use it. I use PTP Accounts Production (part of Iris) to prepare statutory accounts and this has a pretty effective iXBRL function; cost per annum for up to 10 companies some £150 inc VAT.

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By Beach Accountancy
08th Aug 2019 15:07

I was in the same position as you 18 months ago. Taxcalc for me, and I also use their AP software. I used PTP a few years ago, and the iXBRL tagging wasn't smooth (although they have probably improved it by now). With Taxcalc I don't seem to have to worry about the iXBRL.

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By gbowyer
08th Aug 2019 16:22

Should have mentioned I use PTP Accounts and have no problem with their iXBRL function.

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