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Ellis & Co Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers has welcomed a new member of staff to its Chester office.

Anna Rowson-Smith, has joined the team on Northgate Street, as a software specialist.

Anna, AGE, who has worked in finance for over 25 years will be in charge of introducing clients to Making Tax Digital and cloud accounting packages including Sage, Xero, FreeAgent and QuickBooks.

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a £1.3bn investment programme that will mark a fundamental change in the way that businesses interact with HMRC.

Spreadsheets will no longer be the norm and software will instead link directly to your business bank account, so transactions are automatically captured and included within your accounts on a daily basis.

No more receipts clogging up your desk drawers; you can now take a photograph of your petrol receipt and upload it directly to your accounting app, meaning your records are updated in seconds.

No more preparing sales invoices to be sent in the post; instead, you can create and send them directly to your clients from your phone, and your sales figures will be updated instantly within the software.

See your accounting figures 24/7, 365 days a year all from your Smart Phone.

HMRC issued ‘Making Tax Digital’ in 2015, announcing these big changes for 2018 and eventually becoming fully digital by 2020; meaning that businesses have a time frame to move from the desktop to a cloud package. 

“This is a very exciting time for the world of accounting,” said Anna, who lives in Northop Hall with her husband and daughter.

“But it can be very daunting for clients, which is why I have joined the team, I will be proving training and guidance to those who need it.”

Robert Ellis, Director of Ellis & Co added: “We are all delighted to welcome Anna to Ellis & Co.

“She will provide much needed support and guidance to our clients at a time of huge change.”