Specialist software provider TaxCalc is offering a new version of its TaxCalc Pro software to help users cope with changes to the self-assessment process.
Under reforms to self-assessment, accountants and agents will now have to submit returns online.
TaxCalc believes that many accountants and agents will opt to buy third-party software given the problems with HM Revenue & Customs’ system crashing on the January deadline this year.
The firm says TaxCalc Pro 2008 has been redesigned to incorporate a new shortened form and supply returns in the new formats.
To help advisers make the transition to the new forms, it says users will be able to import data from previous years.
TaxCalc chief executive Tracy Ebdon-Poole says: “The changes to the forms are likely to cause some confusion in the marketplace. At TaxCalc.com, we have focused on maintaining familiarity for our users while accommodating the new changes.”
TaxCalc.com development director Andy Hardy says: “The HMRC system could not even cope with 150,000 to 200,000 users in one day and the 2008 changes will force many more people to file online.
“Accountants and agents are therefore turning to third-party software such as TaxCalc Pro 2008 rather than the HMRC website to file their tax returns.
“The advantage is that even if the HMRC website goes down again, TaxCalc users will not be affected.”