Electronic filing company PeopleDoc and Barclays Bank digital signature service Endorse in partnership with chartered Accountants Ashley & Co have both announced developments.
But BASDA has warned the companies that the government has not agreed the final details to the legal requirements of its electronic tax return programme.
Edinburgh based PeopleDoc has announced an initiative to help Sage accountancy software users manage all of their relevant business information with the launch of its electronic filing system called 'EasiFile designed for Sage.'
The initiative followed independent investigations to identify the barriers to managing business information, including accounting documents.It was found firms want to be allowed to access paper-based and electronic information and Sage documents instantly.
'EasiFile aims to allow users to access information quickly and easily. This product has great potential for Sage users. Companies are required to keep records for 6 years - that's a lot of paper and space. Easifile will save users time and cost saving efficiencies,' said Sage.
Meanwhile Barclays Bank digital signature service Endorse has signed up chartered accountants Ashley & Co to enable it to do what it claims will be the first fully comprehensive e-tax return service in the UK.The partnership is running a pilot scheme and hopes the roll out of the service will take place next April.
The Twickenham based accountants already offer the ability to file tax returns and make payments online on its website. But the pilot is looking at adding a digital signature facility to offer customers to sign documents online. However BASDA, which is chairing a government working party looking into electronic self assessment returns, said nothing has yet been legally decided.It warned: 'The claim is questionable when the government has not yet set the electronic signature rules.'
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