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EC Sales list - can VAT agent do?

EC sales list not on list of services I can add as agent

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Have now been authorised by new client to deal with VAT, PAYE, SA, CT etc etc. However client now does EC sales of services so an EC sales list needed. This doesn't appear as an option I can add as agent. Client has business tax account but hates it & hadn't used it for ages. Managed eventually to find the log in details & with my help he has requested an EC sales list via the Business tax account & then had to go through the hoops of putting the activation code in. So client is registered for the EC sales list. It appears though that several more hoops to jump through as in order for me to file online client has to do yet another agent authorisation which appears to only be able to be done via his business tax account and then we have the fun of the activation code yet again. Looks as though anyone can sign the paper EC sales list so this looks preferable (as his sales are large in value but few in number).  Is there a way for an agent to register to be the EC sales list agent without needing the client to have the hassle of dealing with it through his business tax account?

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By Matrix
14th Aug 2019 17:28

If you are not a VAT registered agent then you can’t file this as agent, you will have to file through the client’s account or on paper.

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to Matrix
14th Aug 2019 17:39

? OP didn't say they weren't VAT registered?

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14th Aug 2019 17:44

OP

There is an option to file EC sales lists in my Agent account on behalf of clients however I've never been able to find an option within the Agent account to get authorisation like there is for SA, VAT, EU refunds, MOSS etc.
I can only assume that the client has to grant authorisation via their account. Never done it in practice.

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By Matrix
to Wanderer
14th Aug 2019 18:07

Are you VAT registered? Yes I know you are from the MTD thread.

I am guessing that Tessa isn’t and that is why she can’t file the EC sales list.

It happened to me, it is rather odd, to add to the list of agent oddities this week. I had to set up a new VAT agent account (once VAT registered) as the original was not linked to a VAT registration so EC sales list does not appear on the list of services.

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to Matrix
14th Aug 2019 18:37

Yes, see what you are saying. It's not clear whether Tessa's position is ultimately whether she:
a) can't see the option to submit EC Sales lists or
b) whether she can see that option but can't see where to get authorised or
c) can't see either.
I took it as b) but see it may be a) or c).

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to Wanderer
15th Aug 2019 08:42

To get authorised the client needs to register for the service via the BTA, and then authorise you from there.

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to SteLacca
15th Aug 2019 09:40

Understood, however that wasn't the OP's question.

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to Wanderer
15th Aug 2019 09:40

I know, hence my replying to your post.

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By TessaW
15th Aug 2019 12:29

Thanks, all. I am not vat reg but it seems odd that I can access the VAT MOSS service & the service for EU VAT refunds for agents & submit client vat returns but HMRC doesn't offer me the EC sales list as a service I can use. When client has a settled period in his office I will have a go at helping him to get me authorised through his BTA, in the mean time the postal form will be easy to do.

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