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Cloud accounting software for small clients

Recommendations for reasonable priced cloud accounting software for very small clients

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Can you please recommend what software I should ask my clients to use for cloud accounting.  They need it simple to use, some of which use VT Cash book at the moment and like it but I would prefer it being on the cloud, looking towards MTD SA.  Some are vat registered, but a lot are not, they are simple small business's, one man bands, and need it to be at a reasonable price. Thank you

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By Latinaid
24th Aug 2021 08:52

There's a discussion here about Pandle, which is very reasonably priced:
https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/any-answers/pandle-software-any-good

You could also look at Bokio, which is free.

Those are the two which I'm going to be looking into for my (very small) sole trader clients. I haven't used either yet, so not in a position to recommend yet.

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By Leywood
24th Aug 2021 09:13

Leave those who use VT now, I dont think you should force your choice on them, especially when there is no need to.

Also, if you read the forum often you will see such things are discussed on an almost daily basis.

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By SXGuy
24th Aug 2021 11:02

Quickfile is free for transactions under 1000 a year. and their prices are reasonable over that. If they are simple trades it should be fine.

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By jmleeco
24th Aug 2021 11:29

Thank you all for your replies, I am looking at Pandle to try out for those that need it to be in the cloud

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By cbp99
24th Aug 2021 11:45

What benefit do you anticipate from the so-called "Cloud"? Especially compared to VT, which I assume will modify their software to accommodate MTD SA, as they did for Vat, ixbrl filing to Companies House, etc. (As other threads have observed, development of compliant software is far from complete, not least because we don't know what the requirements will be.)

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By jmleeco
24th Aug 2021 14:02

Hi thanks for the responses, I am still going to keep some on VT, which I love, but I have a few that do there own accounts on VT and send me a backup, so being in the cloud would mean they haven't got to do this and looking to the future it will be useful for some clients. Those I do completely I will keep on VT. Thanks again.

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By johnhemming
24th Aug 2021 12:34

HMRC have a suppliers list that actually provide ITSA software today.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/find-software-thats-compatible-with-making-t...

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By Leywood
24th Aug 2021 13:48

But no need to go with those listed as a knee jerk reaction. Plenty more will be added before the deadline, as with VAT, with VT being a case in point.

Also, can’t believe folk are still falling for the MTD must mean cloud guff.

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By johnhemming
29th Aug 2021 08:48

However, if people want to experiment with ITSA in this tax year they need to use software that works today. I accept there will be more.

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By AdamMurphy
24th Aug 2021 13:16

MTD does NOT have to be cloud. Don’t fall for sales pitches

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By Donald MacKenzie
26th Aug 2021 11:53

I cannot recommend any Cloud software over the simplicity and cheapness of VT.
There is nothing magical about being in the cloud. You can hold VT in a system such as Dropbox so that the data is cloud stored, and backed up, and available anywhere.

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By CardiffAccountant
28th Aug 2021 23:50

I have used VTT+ for over ten years and love it.

My wish is that it had bank feeds. Yes, I know C SV files can be imported, but you have to rely on the client

I have been moving clients to the cloud and it has saved me so much time.

I know longer have to chase clients and they complete the bookkeeping themselves.

So I would not dismiss cloud accounting.

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By tom123
29th Aug 2021 11:13

I use Bokio for two of my own businesses. It is free - and OK to use, with the caveat that I am of course already an accountant.

There are some nice features, like document inboxes so you can forward invoice PDFs and they sit there waiting to be matched to the bank feeds.

However, for the complete non computer user there would be hand holding needed.

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