Sage challenges government to support open standards for practice software

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As part of a campaign to boost interoperability between government websites and tax and practice systems, Sage has urged the government to make a commitment to open software standards. John Stokdyk investigates.

In a white paper called 'Open Standards within the Accountants' community' Sage UK innovation manager Kris Nayak argues that while accountants stand to benefit from data portability, the government exerts significant control over data standards through e-filing regulations and formats for statutory data such as company accounts and tax returns.

But the government's e-filing standards do not conform to Sage's view of open standards because they are designed primarily to sav...

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