As you may be aware VAT registered business have had to register for Making Tax Digital (MTD) since 1.4.2019. 

However, it is also the government's intention to bring smaller business (that are not VAT registered) into the MTD net from sometime after April 2020, and that is likely to have a significant impact on the way many small business maintain their accounting and tax records. 

For example, you will no longer be able to use manual records, or spreadsheets, for preparing your accounts. Nor will you be able to use older versions of accounting software which you may have relied upon for years. It is also likely (but not yet confirmed) that we will all have to file 5 returns time each year (4 quarterly returns and 1 post year end) and you will not be able to use HMRC software to do so.

I therefore recommend getting yourself ready for MTD now - well ahead of time - if only so that you have some basic knowledge and don't have to pay your accountant to do all the additional work for you!

The following are some links to typical packages, outlining current pricing and functionality:

Quickbooks -

Sage Business Cloud -

Sage Line 50 Cloud -

Xero -

If you need any help in deciding which software to use, or adjusting to MTD more generally, please give me a call or email to arrange a meeting to discuss.