Having read the comments under the above article I wonder if I’m taking it too seriously. I get the impression that others have concluded that bridging software will mean business as usual for clients keeping their books in almost any format. Could anyone help to clarify just what I should advise in these cases?
- Retail shop – with no electronic register records total daily takings on spreadsheet from which they compile VAT Return.
- Franchise business providing domestic cleaning services – their franchisor software raises sales invoices. We use reports from the franchisor software to manually enter monthly totals into VT Transaction+ from which the VAT Return is prepared.
Having read paragraph 3.2 .1 Digital links of VAT Notice 700/22 I have so far advised that in both cases the client will need an electronic cash register / software that will automatically export sales readings into their bookkeeping package (that is, after the soft landing, during which cut and paste could be used – but even that isn’t really being used now and might be difficult to achieve).