Having spoken with a couple of people at Sage recently as well as an inspector from HMRC last Autumn I'm a little confused as to how long bridging software will be a solution for MTD for. The people at Sage suggested that although bridging software will be fine during the first year of MTD (the 'soft landing' period) they won't be thereafter. Certainly if you're exporting from older versions of Sage the core data required won't be there apparently. There's also the issue for Sage clients that Sage are effectively disabling the older versions should you get to the point of reinstalling on new PC's/servers etc.
We have a number of clients who are looking to use the bridging software but I'm wondering whether they would be better to just bite the bullet and switch to Xero/QB etc now. Are these spreadsheet solutions going to be around for a few years or, as Sage and the Inspector suggested, they will be pretty much defunct within a relatively short period?