Making tax digital for businesses

Posted 23/04/2019
Making tax digital for businesses

As of 1 April 2019, HMRC’s ‘Making Tax Digital’ policy was implemented on a compulsory basis for VAT purposes. This was to enable businesses to keep on top of their affairs and have their financial records up to date, while running more efficiently and smoothly. For many, this policy was the perfect opportunity to reap the rewards of using online accountancy for business.

Digital bookkeeping for business

Many businesses previously struggled when it came to completing their taxes, but gone are the days of endless paperwork and calculations – thanks to the making tax digital for business policy.

This newly implemented scheme was introduced to help businesses become more effective and consistent with their bookkeeping and tax records. Tax recording should now be easier to carry out, with less chance of miscalculations or human errors.

Not only will this process be much simpler for you personally, but the removal of physical paperwork is a great way of minimising your paper waste and actively being more environmentally friendly. Paper filing is definitely something that every office will be glad to see the back of.

One thing that is worth noting is that, as yet, the Making Tax Digital scheme has only been introduced for VAT compliance and for the submission of VAT returns so it has not yet been implemented on a wider scale – which luckily gives you more time to prepare!

Online accountancy for business

Online accountancy for business has many positives when using software like Xero. Xero is designed to make your online accountancy more methodical since the accounting system takes its information directly from your online banking. This eliminates the risk of simple mistakes. Additionally, when used in conjunction with Receipt Bank, Xero is another great way to modernise and streamline your online accounting.

Not only is Xero an excellent piece of software that has been designed to be convenient and easily integrated into your business, but when Receipt Bank is used alongside this platform, you couldn’t ask for a better combination. Receipt Bank allows you to take a simple photograph of purchase invoices and receipts, which can then be attached electronically to statements from your bank feed.

Don’t forget, all of these benefits are very practical when it comes to the end of the month – no more hassle or stress, Xero and Kirkwood Wilson have got your business covered!

Here at Kirkwood Wilson, based in Burscough, near Ormskirk, we are proud to say we are Xero Gold Partners. This means that all of our accountants are specially trained to deliver the highest possible standards of advice, tips, and practical strategies when it comes to all things Xero.

For more information about our digital accounting services, or for a Making Tax Digital consultation, contact Kirkwood Wilson today. Call 01704 546 000 or email

Posted 23/04/2019