Xero Accounting Software for Farming in 2020

19th December 2019

Since HMRC’s Making Tax Digital was implemented in April 2019, you will be well aware of having to go online to submit your VAT.

You may think it’s a pain because it means completely changing your brilliant Excel and invoice procedure. You have also had to make time to learn a new skill or pay a bookkeeper more money to submit this for you. It may seem like you’re spending more time in the office, and less time out on the farm. So do you wonder, why can’t it all have stayed as it was?

Change can be unwelcome at times, but let me assure you, there is light at the end of the tunnel. As with all new things, it takes getting used to and we are at the stage of implementation where everything seems different and a bit difficult. So, let’s walk through how things are going to get easier from here on in.

Let’s start with where you are now: you, or your bookkeeper, enter invoices on Xero and submit them for VAT. That’s it, same as before but online.


What more can you do with Xero in 2020?

Since Making Tax Digital was implemented, online Cloud accounting is all about putting business owners back in control. The bookkeeping function of the future will become much more than just data entry, it will be about interpreting data in real time so that you can make more informed decisions about your business.

Here’s how you could be utilising Xero for your farming business in 2020:

  • Track your different farming enterprises to see your current status at a glance.
  • Add a forecast budget in and see how you are performing against it each month.
  • Analyse what you have paid to a feed company over the past year, including type of feed and amounts.
  • Create a breakdown of last month’s outgoings to check you paid your contractor correctly.
  • Easily check your bookkeeper has allocated all the expenses to their correct coding.
  • Quickly see your current bank position at a glance (great for when the bank manager needs to make a sudden meeting).
  • Create an instant report of who you owe and who owes you.

Xero is so much more that just a bookkeeping service. It’s a gateway to understanding your business better. We have seen the success of Xero and the benefits it can bring to many of our clients who are already using it.

If you would like to know more about the reporting functions of Xero for farming businesses, please get in touch.