HMRC have suggested that these apps will be particularly useful for the self-employed who are constantly ‘on the go’. HMRC has been in consultation with the commercial software industry over the new mobile apps, which have said they are producing ‘simple record keeping mobile applications’ for small businesses and freelancers below the VAT threshold.
These apps will aid contractors in being able to stay on top of their record keeping while they are out and about, rather than waiting to get back from a job and then having to do it all in the evening.
The apps will also contain links to the HMRC website where there will be guidance offered on record keeping. The majority of the apps will be free of charge.
The companies that are behind the software are all listed on the HMRC website and have advised HMRC that their record keeping apps meet the requirements expected of them.
HMRC said, “This list is not exhaustive and it is probable that other software houses associated with mobile application development will also be developing applications. The list will be updated as necessary on a regular basis.”
However, HMRC issues the ‘Government health-warning’ which says: ‘Please note that the inclusion on this list of any trader or trade organisation does not imply any support, recommendation or certification of their software by HMRC.
‘Customers are encouraged to ask their suppliers for information about the security aspects of the products and services they provide.’