Our Journey to Becoming Xero Platinum Partners

Celebrating Our Journey to Becoming Xero Platinum Partners: How Your Trusted Business Advisors & Accountants in Haverhill Made it to the Top

We’re incredibly excited to announce a milestone moment for our team here at 1 Accounts Online. After years of hard work, dedication, and a commitment to excellence, we have officially become Xero Platinum Partners. This achievement places us among an elite group of UK accountants recognised for their expertise and service quality.

This journey began with a vision to be more than just accountants in Haverhill. We wanted to become trusted business advisors and coaches, helping businesses transform their financial management and achieve their objectives. Xero, with its innovative approach to online accounting, aligned perfectly with this vision, and we embraced its platform to provide a seamless, intuitive accounting experience to our clients.

Becoming a Xero Platinum Partner represents a commitment to efficiency, modernity, and exceptional client service. As UK accountants, we’re proud to be part of an community of accountants that Xero recognises for their dedication to clients.

At 1 Accounts Online, we’re not just accountants in Haverhill; we’re also renowned business advisors and coaches. We understand the challenges of running a business. That’s why our role as business coaches in Haverhill extends beyond numbers. We strive to provide strategies that help businesses thrive, with an emphasis on financial health, growth and sustainability.

This new status as a Xero Platinum Partner confirms our ability to provide superior service to businesses in Haverhill and beyond. It’s a validation of our skills and a testament to the relationships we’ve built with our clients, who trust us to guide their financial journey.

However, this achievement isn’t just about us; it’s about you – our clients. Your faith and trust in our services as your preferred UK accountants and business advisors have made this journey possible. We thank you for your unwavering support and promise to continue delivering excellence, innovation, and professional guidance.

So, whether you need expert accountants in Haverhill or dedicated business coaches in Haverhill, remember that at 1 Accounts Online, we’re committed to helping you build your dreams. This journey from zero to Xero Platinum Partner has been an exciting one. We look forward to continuing to strive for excellence together.

Thank you for being a part of our journey. Stay tuned for more exciting updates and insights from your trusted business advisors at 1 Accounts Online.

Why we love Xero!

It’s no secret that we love Xero! It is the accounting software that we recommend to absolutely all of our clients. This is because we truly believe that it offers better features and useability than its competitors. Here are just some of the reasons why we love Xero!

1) Easy to use

Xero has made its interface very user-friendly and we find it easy to use on our end as well. This also makes it easy for us to teach you how to use it, to make sure that you get the best out of it and make sure your data is always accurate and up to date! We offer Xero training sessions to all of our clients at the onboarding stage so we can make sure you start off with it well, especially if you have never used it before.  Multiple users can be added who can all access the software at the same time.  You can also have different access levels for different team members so individuals can access or be restricted from certain parts of the software as appropriate.

2) Up to date reports

Using Xero means you will be able to access up-to-date reports that make it easy to understand how your business is doing. These are also able to be tailored to your specific needs for your company.

3) Cloud accounting

As with the majority of the other products that we love, Xero is cloud based! This means there is no need to save your documents to your PC and your data is backed up automatically and securely so you will never lose it. This also means that it can be accessed anywhere at any time, either via the web browser or the app.

4) Automatically brings in bank feeds

Xero can be set up so that it automatically brings in bank feeds from your business bank accounts and credit cards so your transactions are automatically bought into the software daily.  This limits the need for manual entries and means your figures are up to date in real time. This makes it easy for our bookkeepers as well as we won’t have to ask you for statements!

For a list of available bank feeds please see here.

We can help you set up your bank feed if you need, please just get in touch.

5) Integrations with other software

Xero also has over 1000 different apps, add-ons and integrations with software such as Dext, GoCardless, Stripe, Vend, Square, PayPal and more. Many of these apps can be set up to automate time-consuming tasks to make your admin easier!

If you need any help with setting up apps and integrations with Xero please get in touch.

6) Ahead of the crowd

Xero is typically always one step ahead of its closest competitors.  This can be in terms of reporting or keeping up with change in statutory requirements and legislation such as Making Tax Digital, Domestic Reverse Charge and even the Covid Furlough Scheme. It is constantly evolving and adding new features, particularly based on customer feedback on what features users would like to see implemented or ways existing features can be improved.

If you would like to find out more about Xero, transfer over from your existing software or try a free trial or demo please contact us so we can discuss!

VAT reverse charge

What is the VAT reverse charge?

From the 1st March, the VAT reverse charge scheme now applies to construction. If you work in the construction industry and are VAT registered, this applies to you, your suppliers and your customers.

If you are not VAT registered or do not work in the construction sector you can ignore this blog but feel free to share with someone that you know who is. 

This new scheme has been brought in to reduce VAT fraud in the construction sector. For businesses which fall under this scheme, it will mean significant changes for how you charge and recover VAT.

Click here for the published guidance that has been released by HMRC so far.  

Build UK have also prepared a guide which includes a checklist to assist with the changes. Click here to view the checklist. 

It is also useful to look at and understand the published guidance on the CIS scheme itself which can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/construction-industry-scheme-cis-340

But let’s start with WHO this scheme DOESN’T apply to: 

  • When you are not VAT registered as a business
  • You are not in the construction industry
  • If you are VAT registered and supplying:
  1. A non-VAT registered customer
  2. The ‘end users’, i.e. a VAT registered customer who is not intending to make further on-going supplies of construction
  3. Intermediary suppliers who are connected, e.g. a landlord and his tenant or 2 companies in the same group.

Now let’s look at WHO this scheme DOES apply to – and ALL the conditions need to be met: 

  • Where the customer and supplier are both registered for CIS
  • The customer and supplier are not connected
  • The customer is intending to make an ongoing supply of construction services to another party
  • Standard or reduced rate VAT applies to the services or product being supplied
  • The supplier AND customer are both VAT registered.

It’s probably easier to consider different scenarios and what would happen under both the old and new schemes:

Scenario 1:  

Simon the plumber, who is VAT registered, supplies the materials and labour to plumb a new house for Mr Developer (also VAT registered). Mr Developer (also VAT registered) then sells the house to Mrs End User.

Under the old scheme:

Simon would have invoiced Mr Developer £10,000 + VAT, i.e. £12,000

Simon would have accounted for the £2000 of VAT he owes HMRC on his system

Mr Developer would have paid Simon £12,000.

Mr Developer would have accounted for the £2000 of VAT he can possibly reclaim against VAT he owes HMRC.

Under the new scheme:

Simon invoices Mr Contractor £10,000, and marks his invoice as “the CIS reverse charge applies and the applicable rate is 20%”.

Mr Contractor now pays Simon £10,000. But then accounts for £2000 of VAT (i.e. the VAT on Simon’s invoice) that he owes HMRC on his accounting system.

Scenario 2: 

Simon the plumber, who is VAT registered, supplies the materials and labour to plumb a bathroom for Mrs End User.

As Mrs End User is the End User, and a customer who is not VAT registered, Simon under both the new and old scheme, invoices her for £10,000 + VAT, i.e. £12,000.

Simon accounts for the £2000 of VAT he now owes HMRC.

Scenario 3: 

Simon the plumber, who is VAT registered, supplies the materials and labour to plumb a house for Mr Builder. Mr Builder is NOT VAT registered.

As Mr Builder, is a customer who is not VAT registered, Simon under both the new and old scheme, invoices him for £10,000 + VAT, i.e. £12,000.

Simon accounts for the £2000 of VAT he now owes HMRC.

What you need to do now: 

If you are VAT registered, inform all your VAT registered subcontractors that from 1st March 2021:

  • you will no longer accept invoices with VAT paid on it
  • Their invoices which contain products or services which VAT needs to be paid on are clearly marked as ‘the CIS reverse charge applies’ and the VAT rate which needs to be applied to the items.

If you are regularly buying materials which have VAT added, you may like to consider moving to do a monthly VAT return. This will allow you to quickly reclaim any VAT which is owed to you. With the introduction of the reverse charge scheme in construction, most VAT registered construction businesses who do a large proportion of their work as a contractor rather than direct to the end user, would be better off by doing a monthly VAT return


The guys and girls at Xero have been working hard to deal with this for you and here is a link to how to set up VAT Reverse charge on your Xero software

Click here for instructions on how to set up your Xero 

See video below for more instructions on how to set up your Xero

What is MTD?

What Is Making Tax Digital?

What is MTD?


All of our clients are Making Tax Digital (MTD) compliant because they use the latest online accounting software provided by the market leaders – Sage and Xero.

What is Making Tax Digital (MTD)?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a government initiative which aims to transform the administration of tax to create a simpler, more effective and efficient tax regime that makes it easier for taxpayers to get their tax right.  (Let’s not forget to mention the estimated additional revenue of £610 million for HMRC as a result of the reduction in tax errors!)

Businesses that meet the criteria will be required to file their tax online, make online payments and keep digital records.

Quite simply, Making Tax Digital (MTD) is all about managing your accounts online.

Who is affected?

On 1st April 2019, all UK businesses that are VAT registered and operating above the £85,000 VAT threshold will be required to keep their records digitally and to submit VAT returns to HMRC using MTD compliant software.

Other areas of MTD, such as income tax and corporation tax, have been put on hold until 2020, at the earliest.

What do I need to do now?

If you are not VAT registered then you do not need to do anything at the moment. Just keep an eye on your turnover and if you think you are nearing the threshold give us a call on 01440 844 986. You should also be mindful of announcements from HMRC as to when income tax and corporation tax will be covered by MTD.

If you are already using MTD compliant accounting software then you do not need to take any further action.

If you are not using an MTD compliant accounting software, such as Xero or Sage Business Cloud, and you are above the £85,000 VAT threshold it’s time to call 1 Accounts!

Ditch the dinosaurs…

Many “traditional” accountants are panicking because they have not embraced the digital revolution. They have chosen to continue with desktop based systems, time sheets and outdated processes.  With the deadline for MTD looming they are now in danger of extinction!

This is the advice from the ICAEW (Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) for their members:-

Preparing your practice for MTD

Agents will need to take steps to prepare both their own practices and their clients for the disruption that Making Tax Digital and digitalisation will cause to the market for accounting and tax services.


Pick the pioneers…

1 Accounts was established in 2013 with the sole focus of moving businesses from the traditional accountancy model to online accounting with all its time and money saving benefits. The team at 1 Accounts are experts in cloud accounting, they did their learning on the “digitalisation of accounting services” years ago and have the accolades to prove it –  Sage UK’s Top Online Accountants, 2020 Innovation Awards 2016 most ‘Innovative Practice’ and a Xero Gold Champion Partner with a Making Tax Digital Ready classification.

The dinosaurs will be charging their clients for the privilege of learning about the “new ways” and converting clients from desk based systems to online systems. Just think – if they are operating time sheets, every hour has to be accounted for! Do you want to pay for them to catch up?