New Years Resolution - sort out MTD foot draggers.
Wed 2.1.19 first day back at work - No messing. Get on with it! Straight off to see X who keeps (admittedly immaculate) handwritten records. Explain the options are either full-scale accounting software or (second best) move towards spreadsheets. Explain that HMRC reckon this will cut down on mistakes. X insists he doesn't make mistakes and - to cut a very long story short - refuses to change his ways. Says he won't register for MTD and will continue to use the existing portal (which he thinks will remain available if he doesn't join MTD - I'm not sure about that). I mention penalties. X says he will challenge HMRC to find a single mistake on any of his VAT Returns. They can go back as far as they like and if they find a single error he'll eat my trilby. (Not sure why I come in to it). He will be paying the right amount of VAT and that should be the end of the matter. I leave.
Yesterday - 9.1.19 - Telephone Y who also keeps manual records. I am more optimistic here as Y is a little more tech-savvy than X. He does VAT cash accounting and I have high hopes of persuading him to move his cash book onto spreadsheets. I explain about bridging software. All going surprisingly smoothly until I mention that rather than show payments of multiple invoices from his main suppliers as single total amounts, he might have to record the individual invoices comprising the payment. Flatly refuses. After a good deal of bad language (mainly about HMRC rather than me) , he suggests that he might carry on doing his VAT exactly as now and then simply transfer the VAT Return amounts into nine boxes on a spreadsheet and then use bridging software to transmit the Return to HMRC. What's the difference? Who's to know? I end the call.
Fortunately SA Returns can be my priority for the next three weeks - at least I have some measure of control over those. So how long did your New Years Resolutions last? (Sorry to post anonymously. I know this is unpopular. I have never done it before but I hope my reasoning for doing so here is fairly obvious)