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Free - or recommended - HMRC compatible book keeping software

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Ok, its time to make tax digital and, alas, my 16 years of getting by with Excel and filing my return manually online is now over.

Before I splash out on Xero or Quickbooks - are there any free and easy-to-use alternatives (Zipbooks comes up on a Google search) that folk are using which are HMRC compatible?

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3 hours ago, Sweep said:

you pay tax?

No, he's after some software that will stop him from needing to.

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9 hours ago, Traf said:

No, he's after some free software that will stop him from needing to.

efa

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Check who you bank with. I get FreeAgent free with NatWest. It’s great and very easy to use.

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My Mrs does books for coupltof small businesses and tax returns for couple of sole traders using xero.

 

Before she converted to this last year from Excel sheets I had built for her I had seen links to "coming soon" Excel add-ons that lined the data up for uploading to HMRC. It wasn't rocket science as both effectively databases. Worth a Google to see if has been sorted.

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On 21/09/2019 at 07:28, green genie said:

My Mrs does books for coupltof small businesses and tax returns for couple of sole traders using xero.

 

Before she converted to this last year from Excel sheets I had built for her I had seen links to "coming soon" Excel add-ons that lined the data up for uploading to HMRC. It wasn't rocket science as both effectively databases. Worth a Google to see if has been sorted.

Are you an excel wiz? 

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6 hours ago, Big E said:

Are you an excel wiz? 

Know enough to set up most sheets we need in work

Leave the macros and suchlike to others in work

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Reckon any of them would know how to pull info from specific files named in a folder :D

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2 hours ago, Big E said:

Reckon any of them would know how to pull info from specific files named in a folder :D

this might get you on your way - depends on your version of excel - Power query is an free downloadable add-in for 2010 and 2013, built in as standard under get and transform in 2015 / 365 / 2019.

Takes a bit of getting used to, and saving the excel files as csv if possible is quicker.

There's loads of reading out there

 

 

 

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On 19/09/2019 at 20:52, Smiley said:

Ok, its time to make tax digital and, alas, my 16 years of getting by with Excel and filing my return manually online is now over.

Before I splash out on Xero or Quickbooks - are there any free and easy-to-use alternatives (Zipbooks comes up on a Google search) that folk are using which are HMRC compatible?

If you have a decent account who uses Xero they will provide it for you.

 

and yes you are a tight git.

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