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Self Assessment filing for 2016/17 is live

Posted on 19 July 2017 by Roan Lavery - Jump to comments

Filing cabinet marked Self Assesssment with completed tax return pages marked filed

You can now file your 2016/17 Self Assessment return to HMRC, well ahead of the January 31st deadline.

You may be tempted to put it off for now, but getting your Self Assessment return out of the way will mean avoiding that lurching feel of guilt and existential despair that usually sets in around January.

It’s basically like getting back to the gym, but with the added bonus of not going to jail.

For our part, we promise to make the whole thing as painless as possible. FreeAgent builds much of your return from the data you enter over the year. When it comes to filing, you just need to check it over and add any other details we don’t know about.

Then file in one click and bask in the moral superiority that you’re a fundamentally better human being.

Until next time,
Roan and the team at FreeAgent

Making Tax Digital to be delayed

Posted on 17 July 2017 by Emily Coltman - Jump to comments

The government has announced that its plans for Making Tax Digital (MTD) - the initiative to transform the UK’s tax system and end the tax return - are to be delayed until at least 2020. Here’s what’s changing:

  • Only businesses with turnover over the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will have to keep their records digitally, and then only for VAT.
  • They will only have to do this from April 2019.
  • Businesses will not be asked to keep digital records, or to update HMRC quarterly, for other taxes until at least 2020.

This news means that there will be at least a one-year delay for everyone, since MTD was originally due to start in April 2018 for businesses with turnover over £85,000.

Here at FreeAgent we’re keeping a close eye out for any further updates from the government regarding Making Tax Digital. We expect these to be included in the upcoming Finance Bill, now scheduled for publication in September 2017.

FreeAgent Mobile - now with Bills and Estimates

Posted on 10 July 2017 by Roan Lavery - Jump to comments

Our goal with FreeAgent Mobile is to help you nail those day-to-day admin tasks when you’re on the move, and we’ve just made that easier with new support for bills and estimates.

Mo bills, less problems

Unsurprisingly, you’ll find Bills in the Money Out section of the app where you can now view, create and manage the incurred costs you haven’t paid yet.

Oh and while I’ve got you, if you’re unsure about when to use Bills (don’t worry, people often are) then check out our article on bills, expenses & bank payments. It should clear things up nicely.


Easy estimates

If you find yourself with a potential customer and need whip up an estimate quick smart to win a job or project, then you’ll appreciate this one.

A new Estimates section has been added to the (shock horror) Money In section, where you can create, send and track estimates, right through to approval.

If you aren’t yet using FreeAgent Mobile then you can download that bad boy from the App Store of your choice:

Until next time,
Roan and the team at FreeAgent

What’s it like to work at FreeAgent?

Posted on 5 July 2017 by Adrian Mather - Jump to comments

FreeAgent staff

FreeAgent is hiring! Since FreeAgent’s online accounting software was launched in 2007, the team has grown from three people to over 140. As the software continues to grow in popularity, so does our team.

Our app is loved by tens of thousands of people worldwide, and working for FreeAgent is a great opportunity to be a part of something that makes a real difference.

Here’s Matt, senior test engineer, who joined us a year ago. He’s talking about his proudest moment in his FreeAgent career so far

FreeAgent offers the chance for you to get stuck in at the deep end of challenging, thought provoking and rewarding work, day in, day out. We welcome people who want to work smarter, not harder, and try to have fun doing it!

Eva, software engineer, chats about what she’s working on right now

FreeAgent is also a pretty awesome environment to work in. We’re lucky enough to have a pool table, free Friday lunches and offices with incredible views over Edinburgh.

The FreeAgent team make the most of some (rare) Scottish sunshine on the office balcony!

We encourage continual self-development and have access to a generous training budget. There’s bi-annual company hack days to work on non-critical and often fun projects too. We believe in a healthy work-life balance and we’re a sociable bunch so there’s always something happening outside of work.

Sound interesting? If you think FreeAgent might be the company for you then head right on over to our Careers page for current job openings.

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