HMRC New mobile apps to help with record-keeping

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HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC), is producing simple record keeping mobile apps for small businesses.

The apps, which are mostly free, complement existing HMRC record-keeping guidance and tools. They aim to help small businesses and the self-employed who are below the VAT threshold - £77,000 ­maintain good records re data and expense management and estimate what their tax liability might be.

The apps help take forward our commitment to tax transparency in a very direct and practical way. They can help SMEs feel more confident about their record-keeping and provide a direct link to the business’s finances, freeing up time which can be better spent on the day-to-day running of the business.

More and more small businesses use smartphones as part of their business. These apps will provide the opportunity to keep track of records on the go, wherever business people are. Record-keeping is often an add-on to day-to-day running of small businesses and the apps will hopefully help to make it an integral part of the business. We welcomed the opportunity to work with them and help guide taxpayers.

The apps are part of an ongoing campaign beginning in 2012/13 to help small businesses with their record-keeping obligations.

For a list of the developers with available apps http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/softwaredevelopers/mobile-apps/record-keeping.htm

 Monty Jivraj

Jeffrey Green Russell

About MIJ

Monty is a consultant to the Litigation Department in Jeffrey Green Russell Solicitors with over 5 years’ litigation experience and 7 years’ commercial experience in sales and operations management, both domestic and international. Over the last 10 years Monty has dealt with HM Revenue & Customs in a management environment in relation to all taxation issues affecting the companies he has worked with. Through Monty's exposure to indirect and direct tax issues, he has developed an understanding of how HMRC's policies affect UK businesses. Monty assists businesses in the preparation and development of strategies for litigating claims against HMRC. His commercial and litigation experience is unique and an asset to his clients.

Monty specialises in tax litigation. He is results driven with a broad commercial acumen. His extensive knowledge of domestic and international businesses, compliance work, including designing and implementing due diligence procedures, places him in a unique position to assist clients on evidence and strategy. Monty has a proven record of success in change management and a solid background in multi-site general management. Monty was one of very few individuals to be given the opportunity to give evidence before the inquiry into Missing Trader Intra-Community (MTIC) fraud in the UK in January 2007, which was conducted by the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union (Sub-Committee A - Economic and Financial Affairs, and International Trade).

Monty was formerly a professional cricketer having played international cricket for East and Central Africa in the 1997 ICC Mini World Cup Trophy, and having played professional cricket in many parts of the world including Australia, Derbyshire, UAE and Canada.

Monty is a qualified English Cricket Board Level 1 coach and is currently playing in the Middlesex County League for Harrow Cricket Club. Monty's International Cricket Profile can be accessed by visiting http://content-usa.cricinfo.com/other/content/player/24013.html.

Monty is fluent in Swahili, Hindi and Gujarati and also speaks basic Arabic.  

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