Member Since: 2nd May 2002
31st Aug 2007
RE: CORPORATION TAX
As a tax software developer, I am looking for an accountant who is up to date in their technical knowledge and provides accounting services for free. Can anyone help? ...... I thought not.
Apologies in advance to Mr Dunlop, who I am sure is a jolly nice chap and is only trying to do the best for his practice. However, his posting has galvanised me to make a response on an issue that has been concerning the software industry for some time.
Whilst the software community fully understands the need for clients to get value for money, great customer service and technical accuracy, these things do not come cheap. Software systems are now critical to the running of a business and taxation software products are amongst the most complex. This complexity is compounded by changes in legislation that are required to be implemented in ever shorter timescales.
I think that the old adage "You get what you pay for" has never been truer than it is today in the taxation software marketplace - free software is likely to be worth every penny. Instead, please consider that there are a broad range of suppliers in the market today who offer sensibly priced software that users pay enough for to allow proper customer service and maintenance. A long term relationship with a good supplier is the best value for money you can get.
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