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Recommendations for CT600 Filer Software

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I was hoping somebody could provide some advice on some easy to use software for filing CT600 and iXBRL accounts to HMRC and Companies House. I run my own small business, am competent to prepare and submit my accounts, and have used the HMRC joint filing software to make my submissions for the last few years. This year I need to include R&D costs (both SME and RDEC) and unfortunately the free HMRC tool does not support this.

I thought I had solved the problem a couple of days ago when I came across Easy Digital Filing. It's really nice software, easy to follow for the non-expert and literally allows you to fill in the CT600 and check it at every step to see how it looks. Sadly, the last thing I came to do was fill in the RDEC claim (box 530 on the CT600), which I then found is not supported by the tool due to the recent introduction of the CT600L (this must bring some extra complexity into the software development and I guess the company has so far decided there aren't enough users who want to do this to make it worthwhile spending time on).

So I need another option. Ideally I want something similar to Easy Digital Filing but with an RDEC option as well. I don't want a hugely complex accounting package as the time taken to get up to speed with that is probably going to cost me more than I will save through the tax credit.

Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

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By markW81
25th Jul 2021 20:25

Just to add to this, looking at similar threads, Taxfiler is often recommended. So maybe my question should be, does Taxfiler fully support the inclusion of R&D costs? The only thing I wasn't sure about was if it was available to non-accountants, the sign-up page seems to indicate it isnt...

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By AdamMurphy
25th Jul 2021 21:24

Yes to both. At the home page, click on Solutions then Individuals.

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By markW81
26th Jul 2021 07:13

Fantastic, thank you for the feedback.

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By Matrix
26th Jul 2021 08:34

Have you looked at Andica?

I don’t think you can do this through Taxfiler.

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By AdamMurphy
26th Jul 2021 09:42

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By markW81
26th Jul 2021 10:47

No I haven't, thanks, I will take a look.

I have also been looking at Taxcalc, that looks as though it will do what I need. Seems as though I would need the Limited Company Solo 6 software to do the CT600 and then Accounts Production tool to do the iXBRL accounts, so may work out a bit pricier.

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By markW81
26th Jul 2021 10:56

I've just checked out Andica, it looks pretty decent actually. Very cheap too. Could be a good option, thanks for the advice.

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By tltodman
26th Jul 2021 15:23

I use TopUpTax by Absolute Tax. £5 per tax return & deals with R&D (or at least it does for the one client I have who have a R&D claim). Doesn't do stat accounts though (I use VT final accounts for that, which is also very competitively priced compared to other offerings).

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By markW81
26th Jul 2021 16:35

I will take a look, thank you.

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By easthope
29th Jul 2021 09:55

I have used Andica. Easy to use and as others have said cheap

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By brumsub
29th Jul 2021 10:12

Have a look at FTax software.

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By Vallery Lee
29th Jul 2021 13:18

Like a couple of others on here I use Andica - straightforward and inexpensive. Also the help screens and customer service are good.

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