Making Tax Digital: Mark Purdue to speak at Accountex 2019

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We’re busy ramping up for Accountex which is just around the corner, so what can you expect from the event? There are plenty of informative sessions with guest speakers and many stands to visit. For all those accountants who are affected by Making Tax Digital, be sure to see Mark Purdue, Thomson Reuters tax expert, speak in the Tax Theatre on Wednesday (Day 1) at 11-11.45am. There will also be some fantastic giveaways so come and visit stand 470 during the two-day event!

Mark provides a wealth of information on HMRC’s digital tax transformation. This will be a must-see session which will help accountants gain an understanding on how MTD is progressing and the success of HMRC’s VAT pilot. He will also give his thoughts on the possible future of MTD and what the timeline may look like for other taxes. Mark is due to discuss agent concerns from a recent survey and offer practical steps to enable accountants to continue with their planning. There will also be an extensive and ever-popular “Ask the Expert” Q&A session.

In Mark’s recent MTD update, he discusses the significance of timely communication from HMRC:

“We now need confirmation of the date we should all be planning for – it is a necessity. Software developers need certainty to plan and continue investment in MTD software. Accountants need certainty to plan with clients with confidence. Why should an accountant start engaging with clients about changes to processes and services when there is no certainty?”

The session will fill up fast so get there early to avoid disappointment! See more about the session here, and find out about other sessions in the tax theatre. Tickets for Accountex are free via

Mark Purdue has spent over 25 years working in tax, beginning his career as a Revenue Officer at HMRC, and then becoming Tax Senior for a UK stockbroker. Mark was named AccountingWEB’s 2017 Software Excellence Pioneer for his commitment to the accounting profession and client satisfaction. He and the team are currently working closely with HMRC to develop a software solution for Making Tax Digital. Find Mark on Twitter and LinkedIn.