From the 1st April 2017, sage will not longer offer perpetual licences (one off payment for complete ownership)  for upgrades, all customers will be moved onto subscription contracts on a pay monthly basis.

Will you be affected?

The programs affected will be :

  • Essentials
  • Accounts
  • Accounts Plus
  • Accounts Professional
  • Sage Cover Online / Extra / Premium (where clients don’t have an existing contract in place)

Will you be supported?

Sage will be withdrawing support for the following products :

  1. Sage 50 v2013 – unsupported from 31st Jan 2017
  2. Sage 50 v2014 – unsupported from 31st Mar 2017
  3. Sage 50 v2015 – support begins to be withdrawn from 1st Mar 2017


What you need to do:

If you would like to upgrade your sage product on a perpetual licence, you will need to do so before 31st March 2017.

Alternatively, now may the best time for you to consider changing to a cloud based bookkeeping package.

Clay Shaw Thomas can help you make the right choice for your business, if you would like to discuss  your options in further detail please contact me on or telephone 01656 867167.

Finance Wales Micro Loans

Finance Wales are providing a more streamlined process for their micro loans of up to £10,000. Eligible Welsh small and medium sized businesses can apply for the micro loans from the Welsh Government’s Wales Micro Business loan fund. There is now a two day streamlined application process for Welsh businesses that have been trading for more than two years.

However there is also a micro loan fund for up to £50,000 if Welsh businesses have not been trading for two years.

Please go to:,000.aspx for more information and where you can apply online via the website or email.

If you have any other business finance needs or require advice please contact 01656 867167.

Making tax digital

At the March 2015 Budget, the Government set out the vision for a transparent and accessible tax system fit for the digital age – putting an end to the tax return for good.

Millions of small businesses are already using HMRC digital accounts. In 2016, every individual and small business will have access to their own secure digital tax account – like an online bank account – that enables them to interact with HMRC digitally.

By 2020, HMRC will have moved to a fully digital tax system where:

  • Businesses have access to digital accounts enabling them to register, file, pay and update their information at any time
  • The tax system operates more closely to ‘real time’ keeping the business up to date and stopping tax due or repayments owed from building up
  • Businesses will no longer have to wait until the end of each tax year before knowing how much tax they should pay, avoiding any nasty surprises
  • For the vast majority there will be no need to fill in an annual tax return – most businesses will keep their records using digital tools and send that information quarterly to HMRC.

Quarterly in-year updates

Under the new Making Tax Digital for Business changes, businesses will only need to report summary information produced direct from the software, on a quarterly basis. This will exclude transaction data.

The software will help the business to categorise and summarise the information, so the process of providing the quarterly update will be a straight forward process.

The business will finalise its taxable profit after the end of the period of account as part of the end of year process and be able to make amendments at any time it chooses up to the final declaration.

These quarterly submissions are for summary information only and there will be no requirement for businesses to submit four tax returns over a twelve month period.

HMRC will begin piloting digital record keeping and quarterly updates for a full year from April 2017 with some businesses, but the full implementation is not expected until April 2018 at the earliest.