Lots of things are paid for and we expect government to pick up the bill. Health for example. You still pay for it just not personally charged for the high expense you have caused. Most people over time if they live long enough will have a high expense service on the NHS so pretty much expected that people don't resent paying for your heart op. Does that mean something new being brought in that you personally are using should be paid for by others when they won't gain any benefit and won't ever have use of it? Saving money and increasing tax take are very different things as any business owner should well know. Reducing costs and increasing income - very different things in your business? Certainly I would expect your accountant to think so. Yes I get that you are a business just over the VAT threshold. Been there done that. Its not the nicest place to be but can go beyond it. The sky is the limit. And you are lumped in with big business. Yes, that's the joy of being bigger than the smaller businesses, on the matter of VAT you are treated the same way as the big businesses. Because you are acting the same way as them. Any extra overhead should be an issue - as should any extra tax! One way or another you WILL pay for software provided by government. Yes businesses who are VAT registered may well use an accountant. By choice. Be somewhat surprised if an accountant for a business doing such high turnover doesn't save the company money too. Up to you as to whether you use an accountant, you know whether its worth it or not. Be annoyed by all means. Just don't expect everyone else to agree with you about who should pay for what you have to use. Do you expect government to pay for your computer too? For your phone?