NFU assigns accountancy firm for farmers

The National Farmers Union (NFU) has given Peterborough-based accountancy-firm Rawlinsons a contract to support farmers struggling with the government’s mandatory filing systems.

According to Rawlinsons partner, Colin Crowley, the new rules governing online filing have given many farmers “cause for concern”. He said: “As a result of this agreement, through the NFU, we can now take on that responsibility for them, giving them peace of mind and freeing up valuable time.”

Help will be available to farmers who don’t have the technology, knowhow or time to adhere to the HMRC’s newly-introduced compulsory online filing of VAT returns, Rawlinsons said.

A team of agriculture specialists, with decades of experience will be working alongside the NFU and with farmers across the country to help maintain compliance, explained the company.

Rawlinsons said it will be able to register farming businesses for online filing, complete and submit monthly or quarterly VAT returns direct to HMRC, inform clients what money is owed and advise on payment, and ensure returns are up to date.

Crowley added: “We are delighted to have been selected by the NFU to provide this service to farmers.”

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