Reasons & Benefits for Using a Digital Accountancy Practice

Why do you need a digital accountant?

HMRC have stated that records of income and expenditure must be kept digitally and filed quarterly starting in April 2019. This is one of the most significant changes since the introduction of PAYE and VAT.

Who does this affect?

Small businesses, landlords and the self-employed with turnover above the VAT threshold.

When will they have to use the digital service by?

What are the benefits to your business of using a digital accountancy practice?

Real-time information
Forecasting and planning
Bookkeeping
Security
Accessibility
Review
More frequent meetings

Real-time information
With a traditional accounting firm you will receive and review your accounts at the end of the year. However, using software provided by a digital accountancy practice allows financial information to be updated regularly and accessed at all times. Therefore, you are always aware of your current financial position and won’t get a shock at the end of the year when the accounts are prepared.

Forecasting and Planning

Being Proactive, not reactive. By being constantly aware of your financial position, day by day, forecasting and tax planning can take place sooner. Your firm can prepare for what is expected to happen and make necessary adjustments, putting you at ease, rather than problems being too late by the end of the year.

Bookkeeping

Using digital accountancy software saves a lot of time and effort on bookkeeping. Rather than having to hire a bookkeeper or do it for yourself, pictures of receipts and invoices can be uploaded via smartphone or desktop or emailed. Relevant data is extracted, requiring no data entry from you. The information is then sorted and categorised and can be used for bank reconciliations, payroll and sales. A burdensome task that consumed hours is now completed easily and efficiently.

Security

While filing cabinets can be locked and desktops can have security systems, they do not provide the same level of security that digital accountancy software packages provide. Data is encrypted and there are many layers of firewalls as well as regular security audits being performed. Data centres and servers are monitored 24/7 which is protection you cannot gain from a locked filing cabinet without hiring a security officer all day. Thus, you can relax knowing your details are safe and secure.

Accessibility

A traditional accountancy firm will save clients’ information on their desktops in the office or store it in their filing cabinets. Employees, therefore, cannot access information without being in the office. A digital accountancy firm can access data anywhere as long as they have a smartphone, tablet or laptop with them and can therefore respond to queries from any location or if a desktop breaks down in the office. This provides faster advice to you as the client.

Review

With cloud accounting reducing the time and effort spent on business administration, more time can be spent with you, reviewing your situation and providing you with tailored advice when required. As digital accountants, we are not just focused on transactions but on interpreting the figures and using them to provide advice that will help expand and improve your business.

More frequent meetings

Rather than just meeting at the year-end, we have the time to meet throughout the year to help you grow your business and reach its full potential. Thus, your accountant is not a distant figure you see, roughly, once a year. We can collaborate and build relationships with you, as the client, as we see you more often and get to know the ins-and-outs of your business.

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