BrandWatch: Simplifying accounting for taxi drivers

Today’s Daily Insight welcomes you to BrandWatch, the Accounting Insight News series about companies and brands aiming to cause a stir in the world of accounting and finance.

Meet Manchester-based ClickTo.Tax, a group that helps to make self-assessment tax returns as stress-free as possible for self-employed taxi drivers in the so-called gig economy.

A bit of context: the online software is recognised by HMRC, and there are more than 365,500 taxi/private hire drivers in the UK.

ClickTo.Tax was set up by former IT freelancer Manny Mahmood in April 2018. His mission is to make the tax journey smoother for private hire (including Uber) and Hackney carriage drivers.

Action tax returns

Manny says: “The idea came about following conversations with taxi drivers on my commutes and with family members who work in the trade.

“They made it clear that they lacked the confidence to action tax returns themselves and would appoint an accountant yearly to support. This was costing them upwards of £200.

“I felt there was a need to make taxi drivers more self-sufficient with their taxes particularly if their tax affairs were not complex.”

Quick yes or no answers

ClickTo.Tax software allows the user to get started for free. The process begins with a questionnaire consisting of quick yes or no answers so that their affairs can be best understood.

Manny adds: “This stage is important as it decides if our software is appropriate for the user. I am keen on getting matters right for our users.

“If the software assesses the tax affairs to be complex it will throw a prompt encouraging the user to refer to an accountant.”

There are then two more simple stages, and you’re up and filing.

Manny says he “wanted to make the process as simple as 1-2-3, affordable and secure”.

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