I've noticed a few of the comments recently on here, and received some from clients recently, about Sage contacting their customers to strong-arm them into an upgrade to ensure they can continue to file VAT returns from next month. This is because HMRC are updating the gateway in anticipation of MTD and Sage are refusing, for whatever reasons, to provide a patch, or similar, to existing software still within the normal support framework to adapt to the changes.
My default position for clients using Sage, for almost the last 10 years, has been to adopt the cloud although for some clients this hasn't been possible until more recently. However, my key question is, for those clients who want to remain using Sage will this upgrade see them through to MTD or should they expect Sage to come knocking again in 12 months or so when the first MTD VAT return needs filing? I realise things are expected to change again in 2020 for MTD which I envisage would require further upgrades.
Facts, comments and hearsay gleefully welcomed although I'm not particularly interested in the wider will it won't it debate on MTD or Sage's efficacy in all this.