Member Since: 29th Jun 2021
20th Oct 2021
Has anyone writing this or commenting on it actually used Sage Cloud/One/Accounting or whatever its called these days?
It makes no difference how many Apps you can connect, the only thing that matters is how quick and easy it is to use.
It is still way behind the others I'm afraid, they have been so slow to move on improving simple things its unbelievable and the customer service is appalling - yes the product is slowly getting better, but Xero, Freeagent and QBO are still better and easier to use, oh yeah and much cheaper in the case of QBO and FA! The only reason we stick with Sage is that we got a very cheap deal a few years ago, but any new licences are mostly on QBO.
7th Oct 2021
never really understood these firms that say "we use this software, if you dont we do not want you as a client" QBO is great but it is not the right fit for every client - for example why pay £10 a month for QBO if you get Freeagent for free, or if the client does not need software at all.
I have also found from experience that the more Apps you add the more problems you have, which seems to be born out in this article in the question on integration - just when you think you have cracked it the App stops working or the link fails. Less is more IMO.
Each to their own, and if it works for you fair enough
6th Oct 2021
So one politician is questioning the morals of another politician....thats unusual
3rd Oct 2021
TBH, I have tried so many digital to do lists, I always go back to pen and paper, there is something about it that I never get digitally.
I am all for as much tech as makes my life easier, and there's no doubt that it does, however I often find these Apps both expensive and very reminiscent of the Emperors New Clothes - don't throw out the old and trusted "babies" with the new hot "bathwater"
1st Oct 2021
Ben Steele nailed it, its not a question of either one or the other, practice accountants up and down the country already do both at the same time! The suggestion that we all "need" to change, usually by others who are not themselves in practice is highly disrespectful and arrogant
I have never really understood this push from people like Kirsty and I can only presume that they are pushing their own agenda for their own benefit masked as "accountants that don't do this are in the dark ages" - as a small practice that has worked with many of the same clients for a number of years you provide what they need - compliance and advice, some need more advice and services than others, most small businesses just need and want to comply, but others do need advice on various financial matters and are able to afford to pay you for it.
10th Sep 2021
Donald MacKenzie wrote:
Tax advice is neutral. Most tax payers need help and advice to pay the tax due and only the tax due. It is not wrong to advise tax payers how to use pensions, investment in forestry, timing of capital purchases or whatever.
But devising tax schemes to push the boundaries of avoidance is not "better". It is not "better" that taxpayers were advised to use dodgy film finance schemes or all the others. It is not "better" that advisors rake in fees then walk away.
I think you are confusing legitimate tax planning and tax avoidance schemes. Admittedly the treasury, HMRC and the press all make it sound the same these days, but it is not.
Nothing wrong with looking at ways to mitigate tax rises, thats what we all do for our clients every day of the week, thats what they pay us for.
20th Aug 2021
Why would anyone choose to pilot this, whats in it for them?
Which brings me onto a broader point - if HMRC are so convinced that this will close the tax gap why do they not offer financial incentives to cover the cost of implementation?
18th Aug 2021
I dont think its runs into hundreds of thousands but yes I agree the rules were terrible, 4 scandals I would like answers to
1. Why was the 10k/25k local authority grant given out willy nilly with no criteria related to actual requirement for the funds
2. Why was the SEISS structured in such a way that now we are preparing 20/21 returns we are seeing clients that made much larger profits than normal despite the SEISS claims being valid
3. Why were company Directors that have legally structured their business to be paid small salary/dividends frozen out
4. Why was more evidence of eligibility/level of turnover not required for Bounce Back loans
16th Aug 2021
Tom 7000 wrote:
....If I were in HMIT I should be sitting at my computer with a list of low earners wondering how their post code could be afforded on earnings of £10k a year....
What makes you think they dont?
Finding it difficult to remember the last tax enquiry we had, a few years ago now, going back probably 10 years plus, we used to get a couple a year on average maybe more
16th Aug 2021
you need an App to remind you when to breathe? dear oh dear what a world