I am an ACA qualified accountant currently working in our family haulage business. We have been using Sage Line 50 version 8 for donkeys years and it does what it needs to do quite nicely thank you and we've never needed to upgrade. Until Making Tax Digital came along and our fully functional, does what it needs to do exactly how we want it to, software is now considered defunct because it won't link straight through to HMRC for MTD for VAT.
I currently use Sage for bookkeeping and produce our accounts on my own excel spreadsheet. I'm happy with my financial accounts system on excel, I'm just looking for something to replace the bookkeeping system. We don't have a big budget (I would rather not have bought anything at all). I want something where I can see what the system is doing, not some fancy end user package with all the double entry behind the scenes so you don't know if it's done it right or not. We are registered for VAT cash accounting.
Please does anybody have a recommendation of suitable software? I looked at Sage but the fancy screens make me uneasy. As an accountant can you tell what's the actual postings are? Can you manually post unusual entries? Is there a better system? I've heard of VT but never used it. Would this be a good option for us potentially please? I've been out of practice for over ten years, I don't know what options there are anymore.
Thank you in advance for any help or pointers.