A Simpler Solution To MTD: Just What The Accountant Ordered
Over the last few months, we have made it our goal, as an App platform developer, to find out exactly what MTD means to accountants and what kind of solutions you want for your clients. To gain a better understanding, we ran a survey that covered a range of topics within the digital tax sphere and the responses have been more than helpful with some surprising insights. One that stands out is that 43% of respondents tell us they are in favour of a simpler solution for the smallest clients and that’s why we have developed the new ‘Collect’ App platform.
It provides your clients with all the tools they need to collect the information you need and to manage MTD using their Smartphones and Tablets. Most adults now have a Smartphone and are used to spending time within Apps so providing them with an App for MTD, is a natural progression.
Complete control with Collect Cloud
Ensuring you are always in the loop, our new ‘Collect’ platform gives you complete control. Simply login using the ‘Collect Cloud’ by using any modern web browser at a location that works for you, select the client you wish to review and you now have full access to all records collected. In every sense, you are now fully logged in as your customer and you have identical access rights allowing you to perform the same set of actions as your customers.
Thanks to built-in 'instant sync' technology, you always have the most up-to-date copy of your customers’ records - no more chasing your customer to send you an export of their data, or manually entering thousands of records. Working with live data saves you time and money, freeing you and your team up to focus on what’s really important.
What’s more, our ‘Unsure’ category makes allocating records a breeze. Any income or expenses the customer is unsure about can be seen, allocated and saved - reducing error and removing the common pain point for your customers of knowing how to categorise an expense.
What are the alternatives?
It’s worth stopping for a moment and reflecting on this; if you don’t provide the solution, what’s the alternative?
It’s going to mean your clients are forced to use 2 or 3 different Apps to keep track of receipts, income and mileage and pay for each one. That means not only spending a lot of money, but each App dilutes your strength as an accountant. It’s also very confusing with 3 different login profiles and 3 different dashboards, with no visibility between one and the other.
What’s even worse, is that with no centralised place, you will have no idea who has submitted what and there is no agent privilege to review the data. The likely scenario is that your clients are left allocating stuff to places they think are right - and we all know what that means!
So instead of this, why not give them one solution and each time they interact with it, it’s in your branding - a service and solution provided by your practice. That’s great news, as it’s solidifying your status as trusted advisor, it’s protecting your client from competitors and it’s streamlining the service you provide.
Responding to clients by reaching out to them in a mobile way and bringing everything together into one sensible and centralised place, has the potential to bring huge benefits to your firm and your customers.
Joel Oliver, CEO, MyFirmsApp
For more information about Collect: https://www.myfirmsapp.co.uk/collect-how-it-works?