FreshBooks, Leading Small Business Accounting Software, Launches in the UK

Send Press Releases with GlobeNewswire | February 11, 2020

FreshBooks, the #2 small business accounting software in America, with paying customers in 100+ countries, today announced its official launch in the UK. To mark the launch, FreshBooks is announcing a new suite of features designed to help UK-based small businesses grow and succeed, while preparing for Making Tax Digital and future compliance requirements. While FreshBooks has been serving the UK market for more than a decade, recent customer growth has encouraged FreshBooks to increase its focus and investment in the region. In 2019, FreshBooks launched its VAT Return Report to help more small business owners prepare for Making Tax Digital compliance at tax time. As part of its commitment to UK-based small business owners, FreshBooks now offers the following, with more updates planned for 2020:

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