I am not sure what you think about the recent announcement that tax returns will become a thing of the past. According to David Gauke’s report, it’s part of the Government’s vision to modernise the tax system, by replacing tax returns with digital tax accounts.

As the profession continues to debate the effect this may have, there is, fortunately, one thing you can do right now to prepare your firm for the future and ensure that your practice benefits from this change. We will be exploring more during this webinar.

How can you respond today?

For months, we have watched firms unknowingly give away ‘The Crown Jewels’ of the practice which they have guarded for so long, by handing out direct access to their customers. Here’s how…

As software providers such as Xero, Sage, FreeAgent, Receipt Bank and IRIS have launched their own Apps, many firms have given these Apps to their customers without thinking through the implications. Big mistake!

In one moment of madness, they have:

Given away control of their client to a software supplier.

Shot themselves in the foot by making control of any future App relationship impossible.

Reduced their ability to benefit commercially from mobile Apps.

Sidelined themselves from the relationship, as clients will now go direct.

What’s that got to do with the end of Tax Returns?

It’s all about to get a whole lot more serious! A quick glance at the Government’s document about the end of Tax Returns, shows that it is littered with pictures of Tablets and Smartphones. As HMRC prepare to go mobile, with personal tax accounts available in real time from anywhere, firms without an existing App relationship with their clients risk being overlooked.

But it’s not too late! You can respond today by launching your own App which will become the critical interface between your firm, your customers and your systems.

Warm Regards


Daniel Richards | MyFirmsApp

P.S. That’s not all! When you register for this webinar, I will rush you a copy of our latest report as my Thank You gift. It contains the most up-to-date thinking on lead generation.


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Daniel Richards

Daniel Richards | danielr@myfirmsapp.com

Daniel is Head of Sales and a member of the executive team at MyFirmsApp – the global leader in Apps for Accountants and Bookkeepers.

He is passionate about helping firms maintain a key role in the always-on App environment which plays such an important part in our daily lives. He is particularly keen to raise awareness of the threats posed to accountants and bookkeepers by 3rd parties and even Government. Without a firms’ own App, it really has no way to serve within, benefit from or control the environment where so many clients and prospects now spend their time each day.

Daniel has been involved in helping professional service firms grow and make the most of new techniques, strategies and technology for over 17 years. He is considered to be a thought-leader, is a renowned speaker, and is the go-to-guy for firms and professional bodies when it comes to Apps for accountancy firms.

He has hundreds of testimonials from large and small firms alike, has presented to thousands of firms through the MyFirmsApp and Insight webinars, and regularly speaks for the professional bodies and membership organisations.

Outside work: In his early days Daniel spent most of his time mountaineering and was fortunate enough to undertake expeditions in places such as The Himalayas, Alps, Alaska, Papua New Guinea, Norway and others. Now he enjoys the outdoors as much as possible with his family and friends as well as being active in the leadership of a local church.