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FreeAgent is an accounting software platform offering plans to sole traders, partnerships, limited liability partnerships (LLPs) and limited companies.
The price of a FreeAgent plan is based on your business structure, rather the number of features you want. This means that you can access the same tools as a sole trader and as a limited company.
You can also run payroll at no extra cost, and submit your self-assessment tax returns directly to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
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- Free with NatWest Group business accountsYou can get a full FreeAgent account for no extra fee if you open a business account with NatWest, RBS, Ulster Bank or Mettle.
- Making Tax Digital-compliantAll FreeAgent plans are compliant with MTD requirements.
- Self-Assessment tax returnsWith FreeAgent, you can auto-populate your self-assessment tax return, and file it directly with HMRC.
- Free payroll servicesFreeAgent doesn’t charge an extra fee for its payroll services.
FreeAgent accounting software pros & cons
- Completely free if you have a business account with NatWest, RBS, Ulster Bank or Mettle.
- 30-day free trial and 50% off period when you first open a FreeAgent account (at the time of writing).
- Ability to submit self-assessment and VAT tax returns directly to HMRC.
- Every FreeAgent plan is Making Tax Digital (MTD) compliant.
- FreeAgent’s payroll function is free with every plan.
- After the introductory offer has ended, FreeAgent’s sole trader plan is more expensive than many other comparable products.
- Customer service hours over the phone and via email are limited to Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm, and Fridays, 9am to 4pm.
The pros and cons featured here are chosen by us based on our expert, research-based opinions. They are unlikely to be the only product features and restrictions that you should consider. Pros and cons are subjective and you should align them to your own personal and business circumstances. Information was correct at the time of publication but may have changed since.
FreeAgent accounting software full review
Founded in 2007 and acquired by NatWest Group in 2018, FreeAgent is an accounting software company based in Scotland.
Thanks to the acquisition by NatWest Group, you can access a full FreeAgent account for free if you have a business bank account with NatWest, RBS, Ulster Bank or Mettle.
If you don’t have a business account with one of those providers, how much you pay for FreeAgent will depend on your business structure.
Excluding VAT and after any introductory free trial or discount offer, you will pay:
- Sole traders: £19 a month
- Partnerships and LLPs: £24 a month
- Limited companies: £29 a month
All FreeAgent plans are compliant with Making Tax Digital. It is now a requirement of the UK government that you use MTD compatible software when submitting returns as a VAT-registered business. Further MTD rules for others will be introduced in April 2026 and 2027.
With your FreeAgent account, you will be able to:
- access business insights and create an in-app to-do list with its Radar tool
- set up a feed to connect your bank account to your FreeAgent account
- file VAT returns directly to HMRC
- create and send estimates to clients
- create, send and automatically chase invoices
- capture receipts and upload them to your account
- track recurring expenses
- use project management tools to keep track of income, expenses and profitability
- track the time you spend on each project with a built-in stopwatch, so you can accurately calculate what is billable and non-billable
- run HMRC-recognised payroll for free (only available to partnerships and sole traders if you choose traditional accounting when setting up your account)
- auto-populate sections of your self-assessment tax return and file it directly to HMRC
FreeAgent accounting software features: at a glance
|Monthly fee (pre-discounts, pre-VAT)||Free (with NatWest, RBS, Ulster Bank or Mettle business accounts)|
£19 (Sole Trader)
£24 (Partnerships and LLPs)
£29 (Limited Company)
|Free trial||30 days|
|Making Tax Digital compliant||Yes|
|Submit VAT to HMRC||Yes|
|Payroll costs per month (for five employees, pre-discounts, pre-VAT)||Free|
|Customer service||Automated live chat|
0800 288 8691
9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am to 4pm Fridays
Where FreeAgent stands out
Free with NatWest Group providers: If you open, or switch to, a business account with NatWest, RBS, Ulster Bank or Mettle, you can get a full FreeAgent account for free. With Mettle, you will need to make at least one transaction a month to maintain access to FreeAgent.
Free trial and introductory offer: When you sign up for a FreeAgent account, you will get a 30-day free trial. FreeAgent also offers discounts, which can vary depending on when you apply. At the time of writing, it was a 50% discount on your monthly fee for the first six months, or 50% off if you pay annually.
Making Tax Digital-compliant VAT returns: All FreeAgent plans are MTD-compliant, and allow you to submit your VAT returns directly to HMRC.
Self-Assessment tax returns: Through your FreeAgent account, you can auto-populate certain sections of your self-assessment tax return, and submit it directly to HMRC.
Payroll: Unlike many other accounting software providers, FreeAgent includes the ability to run payroll for free.
Time tracking: Every FreeAgent plan comes with the ability to track the time spent on projects, add this information to invoices, and generate timesheets.
Customer reviews: FreeAgent has an ‘Excellent’ rating on Trustpilot, alongside very positive ratings for its mobile app on iOS and Android.
Where FreeAgent falls short
Monthly fee: At £19 a month (excluding VAT) once the introductory offer has ended, the FreeAgent sole trader plan is more expensive than comparable accounting software products.
Customer service times: You can only contact FreeAgent for support from 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am to 4pm on Fridays.
FreeAgent customer reviews
FreeAgent’s customers have left reviews on a range of sites. Generally, these reviews are very positive.
- App Store: 4.8 out of 5, based on over 9,300 reviews
- Google Play: 4.6 out of 5, based on over 1,000 reviews
- Trustpilot: 4.6 out of 5, based on over 2,100 reviews
This information is correct as of 19 September 2023.
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