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HMRC launches record-keeping mobile apps

Third-party developed apps to help SMEs estimate tax owed

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) has announced the launch of record-keeping mobile apps for small businesses.

The apps have been built by independent developers and the Business Application Software Developer Association (BASDA), after consultation with HMRC.

Naomi Ferguson, director of business customer and strategy at HMRC, said: "These apps will provide the opportunity to keep track of records on the go, wherever business people are.

"Record-keeping is often an add-on to day-to-day running of small businesses and the apps will hopefully help to make it an integral part of the business."

The apps, which are mostly free, aim to help small businesses that are below the VAT threshold of £77,000 maintain good records and estimate how much tax they owe.

HMRC has warned, however, that it had not tested any of the applications and urged customers to ask suppliers for the security information of the services.

There are currently apps available for Apple iPhones, Android and Windows smartphones. Ones for BlackBerrys may be developed in the future.

Suppliers who have developed apps include Sage, Forbes Computer Systems, Intuit, FreeAgent Central, Immagini, MrTaxSoftware, Quick File and WinApps Consultants.


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