We have a few clients who for various reasons, have several businesses setup on Sage separately. Currently they prepare a spreadsheet summary of the various VAT returns, then log into the HMRC VAT portal and submit the return.
I have read the following extract from VAT notice 700/22, where it states "and then transfers the totals", I assume this must be digitally transferred not manually entered!
Example 5 - Using accounting software, a spreadsheet and bridging software
It uses accounting systems or general ledgers (which are not API-enabled) to record all sales, purchases, and expenses in a digital format, and then transfers the totals of each of these into a spreadsheet used to prepare the VAT Return. This spreadsheet may also be used for any Partial Exemption calculation that is required. The return information in the spreadsheet is then sent via a mandatory digital link to bridging software, which submits the VAT Return to HMRC via an API. (As an alternative to bridging software, the spreadsheet could have API functionality built into it.)
If this is the case, I would be very interested to hear if of any ideas or information on how to proceed?
Have asked this question on a couple of HMRC webinars, but got no response!