UK accounting and bookkeeping forums – a curated list

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In this thread, we try to collect a comprehensive and up-to-date list of the various on-line discussion forums related to accounting and bookkeeping in the UK. See also the overview & analysis article at https://al-fn.co.uk/uk-accounting-forums

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Governing body forums

AAT Discussion forums

Owner: Association of Accounting Technicians

URL: https://forums.aat.org.uk/Forum/

Official description: "The AAT Discussion forums, from the Association of Accounting Technicians, provide peer support for AAT members, including students, full members and AAT licensed members."

Notes: News and announcements regarding licensed accountants; peer support for AAT students and members.

Quality indicator: Good

HMRC Community Forums

Owner: HMRC

URL: https://community.hmrc.gov.uk/forums/

Official description: "Our customer forum is for you, with all the help, support and guidance you need. You can ask questions, see what others are asking and get the answers and top tips on a range of topics including VAT, self-employment, Self Assessment or being an employer."

Notes: Accounting and related legal issues. Registration required for access. Knowledge base is accessible, but the forum is not very helpful, posts and questions from up to 7 days ago were not answered, most with 0 replies. Discussion from currently active threads is mostly about Brexit and taxes.

Quality indicator: Fair

Institute of Certified Bookkeepers - Forum

Owner: Institute of Certified Bookkeepers

URL: https://www.bookkeepers.org.uk/Forum

Official description: "Software setup, exams and membership."

Notes: Technical Q&A, ICB Students and members who are up for qualifications.

Quality indicator: Very good

Purpose-built professional and business forums

Accounting WEB

Owner: Sift Limited
URL: https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/any-answers

Official description: "AccountingWEB.co.uk is the largest independent online community for accounting and finance professionals in the UK - providing award-winning content and online engagement between members in a true community environment."

Notes: Practice, tax, advice. Very insightful for beginners and professionals in the industry; contains strategies and reviews for the most popular and used software, divided into categories.

Quality indicator: Very good

The Bookkeepers Forum (UK)

Owner: Bookcert Ltd

URL: https://www.book-keepers.org.uk/

Official description: "The Book-keepers Forum is an online discussion forum for self-employed bookkeepers, a place to ask (and answer) those tricky and not so complicated bookkeeping and general business questions that all book-keepers have."

Notes: General book-keeping and accounting. Software. For self-employed bookkeepers and those transitioning into the accounting industry this forum is very supportive; Looks poorly maintained, but still active among members.

Quality indicator: Very good

UK Accountancy

URL: https://www.accountantforums.com/search/14639/?q=uk&o=relevance

Notes: International, legal and accounting practices that affect businesses. Forum includes US, EU and Canada, but is very active among UK accountants and professionals. The URL above links to UK-specific discussions.

Quality indicator: Good

UK VAT Forum

URL: https://www.vatforum.co.uk/

Official description: "We help entrepreneurs deal with VAT, accounting and tax matters, scale rapidly, increase profits and company valuations."

Notes: VAT tax discussions and advice

Size indicator: Over 11000 members

Quality indicator: Very good

Adjuncts of existing general discussions

UK Business Forums

Owner: Sift Limited
URL: https://www.ukbusinessforums.co.uk/forums/accounts-finance.55/

Official description: "Business finances, including banking, bookkeeping, VAT and other taxes."

Notes: Open access and very informative; Access to a private Full Member forum comes with a subscription of £30 a year.

Quality indicator: Very good

The Student Room

URL: https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/forumdisplay.php?f=638

Official description: "University course discussion for accounting and finance."

Notes: Exams support; UK’s biggest and most popular education website, used by over 70% of all students every year (according to their website).

Quality indicator: Good

Contractor UK - Accounting / Legal

Owner: Contractor UK

URL: https://www.contractoruk.com/forums/accounting-legal/
Official description: "Financial and legal issues affecting IT contractor companies, including IR35."

Notes: Accounting and related legal issues. Latest discussions are mostly on new legislative changes to IR35 affecting all contractors in the UK.
Quality indicator: Good

Freelance UK

Owner: Contractor UK

URL: http://forums.freelanceuk.com/forums/accounting-and-legal.16/

Official description: "Questions about your accounts and any legal issues."

Notes: Q&A, mostly legal and tax issues. Forum does not seem to be active.
Quality indicator: Poor

Money saving experts

URL: https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/forumdisplay.php?f=22

Official description: "We're home to a fantastic community of MoneySavers but anyone can post. "

Notes: Legal issues around expenses; money saving advice; tax-related issues.

Quality indicator: Fair

Business Finance & Accounts Forum for UK Small Businesses

Owner: Trade Intellect Ltd

URL: https://www.thewholesaleforums.co.uk/forums/money/

Official description: "Business finance including advice on accounting, bookkeeping, taxes, banking and more."

Notes: Account and finances for wholesalers. Professional accountants used to be active on this forum - this does not seem to be the case in the previous couple of years.

Quality indicator: Fair

Property Hub

URL: https://propertyhub.net/forum/forum/63-accountants-advice/

Notes: Real estate and property management related accounting issues. This forum is about giving advice to people who are trying to change their lives through property investment.

Quality indicator: Good

My Local Services , Accounts, Bookkeeping & Finance

Owner: Lowi Ltd T/A My Local Services

URL: https://www.mylocalservices.co.uk/forum/accounts-bookkeeping-finance/

Notes: Investment, Tax, Pensions, Selling a Business. Forum does not seem to be active.

Quality indicator: Fair

Accounting on Quora

Owner: Quora

URL: https://www.quora.com/topic/Accounting

Notes: Very informative for beginners, questions related to technical issues, online software, accounting and it's effects on private life. Many of the Q&A's are US-specific or of more international nature, but many are applicable to the UK as well and some are UK-specific.
Quality indicator: Good

Social media based discussion groups

Accounting UK on Reddit

Owner: Reddit

URL: Search results for 'UK' in r/Accounting

Notes: Primarily for accountants and aspiring accountants to learn about and discuss their career choice; Overview, advice, pros and cons of the career choice. Ongoing discussion about possible effects on the economy overall from political decisions and situations.

Quality indicator: Very good

Accountants & Bookkeepers UK (Facebook group)

Owner: Nora Carlin

URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/364819247042685/

Official description: "A place where Accountants and Bookkeepers can share information, advice and knowledge. No direct advertising."

Notes: Surveys, Q&A; Private group; ongoing research into the impact of technology on accounting, technical and career discussion.

Size indicator: Over 1100 members

Quality indicator: Very good

Accounting Student Network for AAT and other accounting qualifications (Facebook group)

Owner: Helen Long, Rose Crockett

URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/accountingstudentnetwork/

Official description: "This is a UK based group for ALL Accounting students, AAT, ICB, CIMA, ACA, HND and many more, no matter what level they are and what qualification they are studying. Inspiring accounting students to aspire to what they dream to become. It's more than just a study group!"

Notes: Exams, studying materials. Private group, questionnaire must be filled before you are approved to join.

Size indicator: Over 27000 members.

Quality indicator: Good

Accounting & Bookkeeping Support - AAT , ICB, Students & Qualified (Facebook group)

URL: https://www.facebook.com/groups/accountingandbookkeepingsupport/

Official description: "This group has been designed to offer support to UK Bookkeepers and Accountants, whether you've been in practice for a while, only just started or even just thinking of starting! Our aim is to offer support, help, tips & advice for anything concerned with setting up and running your own practice."

Notes: Private group, questionnaire must be filled before approved for joining; Very active forum - around 400 discussions per month recently.

Size indicator: Over 5000 members

Quality indicator: Good

See also

An opinionated evaluation of the usefulness of the various types of on-line discussion forums for accounting and bookkeeping: https://al-fn.co.uk/uk-accounting-forums

Relevant discussion at: How can I keep up to date with changes to UK tax and other regulations?

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