Like many AccountingWEB readers I have resisted advising my Excel clients to buy cloud based MTD compliant bookkeeping systems in the hope that some suitable Bridging software would become available. I think I have now found the solution! It’s produced by Neilson James Technology and costs £36 per year. I downloaded the free trial version from the website and registered as a dummy business client. I easily set up the required Excel template and uploaded my data from this onto the bridging software on my first attempt. I contacted Neil Cuthbertson who is the software developer and he told me that after months’ of development their pilot has been accepted by HMRC, so they are up and running. I had previously been directed to various commercial offerings where I would have had to subscribe as agent and send in VAT returns within 30 days of the month end for all of my Excel clients. This retrogressive step is hopefully not required now, as with Neilson James Software the client can continue to submit his own returns once I’ve assisted him if necessary, to get set up. This software only uploads the 8 boxes from the VAT return so in its present form it will not upload all of the underlying business transactions onto the HMRC website. I seem to think a requirement for all the data to be uploaded has been deferred or cancelled now. Maybe readers can confirm this. Also to be compliant in the long run I will need to do a bit of work to get the Excel template to extract the VAT figures automatically from the basic spreadsheet. I’m no Excel expert by I don’t anticipate too much difficulty in setting up a suitable digital routine to do this. Readers views would be appreciated.