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MTD - Client Business Tax Account (BTA)

MTD - Business Tax Account - how?, why? when?

I admit to not being the sharpest knife in the draw but I am totally confused about BTA (Business Tax Accounts). I have seen articles that state "all clients will need a BTA", I have also seen articles that state "clients whose VAT returns will be filed by their Agent will not need a BTA"?

I was under the impression that MTD filings are new and therefore going to a new HMRC Server and that everyone in MTD will need a BTA. Can anyone enlighten me please? Also have members already asked their clients to set up BTA's - if so, how and when? (I can't find a sensible link on HMRC site to facilitate this)?

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15th Feb 2019 18:24

My understanding is that a client doesn’t need a BTA for an agent to file VAT returns on their behalf, but if they want to view any VAT filings / amend registration details they can only do this via a BTA (so will need a BTA)

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to MrsMiggins
18th Feb 2019 14:01

Many thanks Mrs M - I think that it is pretty poor that there isn't clear direction from HMRC. Once again - thanks.

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18th Feb 2019 12:22

Not sure whether its helpful for everyone but we have setup our ASA, linked our clients, then for each vat client have applied for MTD pilot. This sends a link to each client - they must at this point have a BTA (business tax account). What HMRC forgot to tell everyone is that the pilot doesnt work without your client having their own BTA. Client clicks on the link gives a few extra details and hey presto you are authorised as an agent to submit via ASA and MTD Pilot. Go onto your approved software (we are using sage) submit vat return using new ASA details and a bit of one off authorisation (only needed every 18 mths as an agent). Submission works like a dream! Only taken us 3 weeks to sort this out with no assistance by hmrc as they couldnt even bother to phone us back

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to Louisemunro320
18th Feb 2019 13:59

Many thanks Louise - that's really helpful

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