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I have just filed my own VAT under the piolet and it went through. After the trauma of doing this now I know it will not work for HMRC and they are making the biggets mistake ever . What are your thoughts ? My reasons are that clients do not understand cloud software or accounts and the chances are they will get it wrong without professional help that will cost them , even if they do pay what benefit is it to them ? Badly thought out - not user friendly and definately not tried and tested as it should be. Can anyone tell me how to proceed as dealing with my own VAT was bad enough now how to deal with clients not even on an accounts package and some not fully aware of whats expected ( and yes I have told them ) ! By the way how can I tell if the VAT return has gone through under MTD when the advice is that the old gateway will receive information but nothing will be done with it. I can see on my business tax acccount that the VAT shows as due ! I cant beleive I am having to put this in Aweb !

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21st Jan 2019 16:40

I'm going to stick my head in the sand until MTD goes away....

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21st Jan 2019 17:25

There is an API that you can use to find out what you have submitted. You can, if you wish, authorise the software from a bridging supplier so that you can use their API interface to find out what you have submitted.

This really should be available in your cloud software, but if it isn't then there is a way around it.

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By jcace
21st Jan 2019 23:05

Cloud software is not a requirement of MTD. Digital record keeping can take many forms including spreadsheets and non-cloud software. Look into what options might be available or that your clients would understand that utilise bridging software, even if you have to carry out the submissions.

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By Maslins
22nd Jan 2019 10:09

Virtually all our clients use FreeAgent, so I appreciate we're in an easier position re this than some accountants.

We've done a handful of submissions on the pilot. All have had teething problems, but from each one we've learnt something _not_ to do for it to work. So I anticipate come the time it's compulsory, we'll be able to have a nice easy to follow guide for clients, and will be able to anticipate what the issue is when one arises...he says optimistically.

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