I heard today that the software called TaxCalc marketed by Intuit (of QuickBooks fame) will not be updated for the tax year 04-05. Can any one recommend from personal experience in 03-04 a simple uk tax compilation program like Taxcalc for 04-05?
Sorry for the delay in posting but I have only just noticed your thread.
For some years I have used QMS's software for preparing and submitting my own and my wife's tax returns. Have a look at their site click here. Their program is an Excel based application and replicates the official Inland Revenue paper forms. All one needs to do is to complete all the relevant sections of the main and supplementary forms and the software will calculate the correct tax liability.
Before retirement I was an accountant and made a speciality of personal tax, but even I baulked at the prospect of filling in all those boxes and copying from one box to another in order to calculate my liability! This software does it all on the click of the mouse.
The software itself is free to individuals to download - professionals have to pay. However to submit the return electronically (or to print a hard copy) one has to purchase a Special Code at a cost of £7.50, but believe me it is worth every penny. Having downloaded the program, I launch it and then do a "Save As" and give a suitable name for my own return, then repeat the "Save As" to make a copy for my wife's return. I then complete each of these but still have the original "blank" downloaded copy available if I need to make another copy for whatever reason. The Special Code works for the submission of both my own and my wife's returns so the cost is only £3.75 for each return.
I've used taxcal in the past, but didn;t fancy buyig yet another version for the new new year. So I used the inland revenue's own program and found it straight forward. Automatically saves your work for you.