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MTDiary of the First Making Tax Digital Software Pilot Participant

written by Editor, 6 July 2017

MTD Diary

Guest blog by, Gary Jacobs, Director, EaziTax

At the start of April, HMRC pushed the button on the software pilot for Making Tax Digital (MTD) with a handful of businesses and agents.

As part of the pilot process, firms will trial MTD-enabled accounting and tax software to ensure it’s fit for purpose, before the pilot is expanded from July onwards.

Gary Jacobs, Director of Eazitax, was the first accountant to enter HMRC’s MTD pilot scheme. In a passage from his diary below, Gary shares his personal experience of the MTD pilot process so far, which he read to a packed audience at Accountex last month.

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Accountex 2017 – WOW!!! What a great exhibition it was

written by Editor, 30 May 2017

Accountex 2017

Guest blog by, Nicola Beards, Events Coordinator

Accountex – The National Accountancy Exhibition & Conference took place on the 10th and 11th May at the ExCel London and was the biggest and best event to date!
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MTD – The Reconstruction of Tax

written by Editor, 4 May 2017

Making Tax Digital – The Reconstruction of Tax

Making Tax Digital (MTD) will affect the way in which tax advisers interact with HMRC and their own clients.  At the most basic level, MTD will open up lines of communication – new reasons to talk to and engage with clients, and the availability of real time data will really benefit the profession.

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SYNERGY 2017 was a great success!

written by Editor, 27 April 2017

Synergy 2017 was a great success

Guest blog by, Amanda Magri Overend, Marketing Executive

At the end of last month we returned to the 5-star Forest of Arden Marriott Hotel & Country Club where over 250 tax and accounting professionals joined us from across the UK for SYNERGY 2017 our annual customer conference.  With a 100% turnout, it was our biggest and best conference to date.

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Q&A with Making Tax Digital Expert, Mark Purdue

written by Editor, 21 April 2017

Q&A with Making Tax Digital Expert, Mark Purdue

Our resident Making Tax Digital expert and Tax Product Manager, Mark Purdue, is presenting at Accountex on 10 and 11 May. Ahead of his upcoming talk, we sat down with Mark to ask him a few questions on Making Tax Digital and the event itself…

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See the first Making Tax Digital Solution at Accountex 2017

written by Editor, 13 April 2017

Accountex 2017

Guest blog by, Amanda Magri Overend, Marketing Executive, Thomson Reuters

Assess your technology provider for Making Tax Digital
Visit Accountex on 10 and 11 May at The Excel, London

Making Tax Digital is the hot topic of conversation and is currently the biggest challenge facing the profession today. Many accountants are seeing Accountex as an ideal opportunity to review the software market ahead of the new digital process. more »

Welcome Services | A Warm Welcome Awaits

written by Editor, 6 April 2017

Welcome Services
Guest blog by, Tom Ellis, Solutions Consultant

Like everything else- cars, job satisfaction, network provider- tax and accounting software is constantly under review. The process isn’t always conscious- sticky handbrakes, slightly missed promotions and dodgy signal- aren’t always at the forefront of our minds when we engage with something but these frustrations do exist within. more »

Ask the Expert – Your Questions on Making Tax Digital Answered by Mark Purdue this Month

written by Editor, 16 March 2017

Making Tax Digital
Guest blog by, Mark Purdue, Product Manager – Tax Products at Thomson Reuters

Our resident tax expert, Mark Purdue, has been taking your questions via email around Making Tax Digital over the past couple of months. Here are the top things on accountants minds right now… more »

Onvio Tax, Making Tax Digital (MTD) software from Thomson Reuters is ready for the public beta starting April 2017

written by Editor, 9 March 2017

Making Tax Digital

Guest blog by, Mark Purdue, Product Manager – Tax Products at Thomson Reuters

“Unincorporated businesses and landlords with turnover below the VAT threshold now have an extra year, until April 2019, before they have to comply with Making Tax Digital (MTD).  This is welcomed and not unexpected news – in our own survey of UK accountants, 80% agreed that an MTD deferral until 2019 should be aligned to the VAT threshold of £83,000 and there has been intense lobbying on this very issue. more »

5 ways attending an event can benefit your practice in 2017

written by Editor, 2 March 2017

benefit your practice

Guest blog by, James Bowers-Lee, Solutions Consultant, Thomson Reuters

Tired of waiting for the answers?

Time is valuable, I think we can all agree with that, and making the most out of this time is what we all strive to achieve, but are we actually doing that? more »

Making Tax Digital – What’s Covered in HMRC’s Consultation Outcome?

written by Editor, 20 February 2017

Making Tax Digital

Guest blog by, Mark Purdue, Product Manager – Tax Products at Thomson Reuters

Hopefully you’re already familiar with Making Tax Digital (MTD), but to briefly recap, it was first announced back in March 2015 in the Government’s Budget. It’s HMRC’s ambitious plan to bring tax compliance fully online by 2020. more »

Document management for accountancy practices made easy

written by Editor, 17 February 2017

Document management for accountancy practices

Guest blog by, Lauren Coates, Solutions Consultant, Thomson Reuters

The industry is changing due to Making Tax Digital and accountancy practices are now at a tipping point where they need to adapt to new processes. With a lot of unanswered questions around how the new tax regime will work in practice, accountants need to concentrate even more on communicating with their clients. more »

Digital Technology Trends in 2017 – and Those to Watch Out For!

written by Editor, 27 January 2017

Digital Technology Trends in 2017

Guest blog by, Zara Osman, Solutions Consultant, Thomson Reuters

What’s the current situation?

We all use social media, smart phones and internet banking on a daily basis. Once revolutionary, app and cloud technology has now crept into our everyday lives to become the norm. This global transition is driven by our need for interconnectivity and mobility. Behind the scenes, networks of data gathering sensors and machine-to-machine communication are all hard at work. more »

Making Tax Digital: everything you need to know in one convenient place

written by Editor, 19 January 2017

Guest blog by, Chris Taylor, Marketing Assistant, Thomson Reuters

everything you need to know

So far, the journey to Making Tax Digital (MTD) has been far from smooth. A lack of transparency has left 91% of tax and accounting professionals feeling that there is not enough information available at present. To add to this, the majority of practitioners believe they have been kept completely in the dark with regards to the proposed move to digital tax accounts by 2018. more »

Making Tax Digital: The Challenge | A Guide for Sole Practitioners and Smaller Firms

written by Editor, 12 January 2017


Making Tax Digital: The Challenge is a helpful and honest guide written specifically for sole practitioners and smaller firms – arguably the most challenged due to limited time and resources.

Tax expert Mark Purdue provides clear insight into the potential challenges of Making Tax Digital, with supporting commentary from candid interviews with senior practitioners around three key areas: more »

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