There’s no avoiding it. VAT returns now need to be made online and you need to be MTD (Making Tax Digital) enabled.
Unfortunately many of the accounting systems that claim to offer this service have been added as an afterthought, meaning that they don’t always integrate well with the original software and can be overly complex to use. And of course, every time you are forced to purchase an upgrade, there’s a cost involved.
With Exact Online, there are no additional costs because all the elements you could need are already included. Exact Online has MTD compliancy built in from scratch so it’s an integral part of the system – not an additional extra.