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What % of your clients have had correspondence from HMRC about MTD?

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By paulwakefield1
01st Feb 2019 09:29

Only 1 client has received a letter that I am aware of. Others may have done but, if so, they haven't told me.

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By GHarr497688
01st Feb 2019 09:56

0% which is a disgrace to HMRC .
Most clients have done nothing as HMRC have not told them officially. If they do I will tell the clients to call HMRC for advice if its so simple. Ive had enough !

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By bernard michael
01st Feb 2019 10:00

Also o%
Didn't HMRC state that as it was widely publicised they will not be sending letters to taxpayers

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By Cloudcounter
01st Feb 2019 10:23

I can think of two, but others may have been dealt with by other members of the team. Most of our clients are MTD ready in any event, and those that aren't have been told - several times.

One of our complete luddites was told yesterday that there was bad news and good news. Bad news is that turnover has dropped last year, so profit is down. Good news is that he no longer has to join MTD for VAT. Given that he's over retirement age and winding down, the good news far outweighed the bad. :-)

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
01st Feb 2019 10:24

We have had 3 or 4 mention it out of 80 odd we file VAT for.

But I did send a circular out to all our VAT clients telling them to ignore the letter, and don't pigging well opt into the pilot.

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By lionofludesch
01st Feb 2019 10:49

Still on 0% - so far as I know.

Wasn't this job going to be complete in September ? 2018, that is, just in case you were thinking 2019.

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By meadowsaw227
01st Feb 2019 11:09

Only 2 clients so far ! .

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By lionofludesch
01st Feb 2019 11:12

Two !!

Why have you been so favoured ?

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By GHarr497688
01st Feb 2019 11:13

so hardly anyone has letters , hardly anyone understands the ASA , 26% still keep manual records and you have maybe one month to learn about my job of 40 years plus be tech savvy. WE ARE NOT AMUSED.

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By GW
01st Feb 2019 11:50

That know of, one client received a letter, although another client has received three identical emails from HMRC on the subject this morning, interestingly the email says "refer to your accountant for more information" - so its down to us to do HMRC's job for them.

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By memyself-eye
01st Feb 2019 15:11

None for me either......

(maybe it's be cancelled!)

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By atleastisoundknowledgable...
01st Feb 2019 16:32

Only 1, although he had a letter for each of his 2 companies. Does that count as 1 or 2?

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By Kaylee100
01st Feb 2019 20:38

None. That includes me.

One client saw a comment on it on a VAT newsletter he was sent covering all sorts of VAT update stuff. It was about one paragraph at bottom of page one.

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By Della Hudson
02nd Feb 2019 10:21

None. I only have a few clients these days but I haven’t even received one for myself.

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By legerman
02nd Feb 2019 13:30

None for me, but I only have 3, and one of them only moved to compulsory VAT last October.

Although had an interesting conversation with my friend at the off licence below my office. He said he'd been looking into this digital stuff on VAT. He knew enough to know that he could add bridging software to his spreadsheets (he does his own books) and indeed had managed to find one at £45 + VAT pa. I said there will be free software available, Avalara being one of them.

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By North East Accountant
03rd Feb 2019 09:25

Got one for the practice on Friday, but have a few companies and no sign of the others.

HMRC are a disgrace telling (or indeed not telling) people this late.

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By david.bransbury
03rd Feb 2019 11:26

We haven't for our two businesses, few clients have mentioned they have including a German company. We do their UK VAT returns for them and they have been told they have been deferred until October. Obviously a better postal system in Germany.

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By GHarr497688
03rd Feb 2019 16:11

Why are HMRC telling clients to go to an Accountant - what are people who have no Accountant supposed to do ?

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By Pingsquitch
04th Feb 2019 11:01

Being a small practice, I only have 2 clients who would be affected and to date neither have been notified.

I am probably being very stupid! but, as I was under the impression that all VAT registered businesses with a turnover of £85k+ would started from April 2019, what is the difference between the pilot and the real thing?

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By paulclewlow
04th Feb 2019 11:16

4 letters received out of 16 Vat registered clients

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By Cheshire
04th Feb 2019 11:17

Just 1 client of mine so far, who promptly sent it to me with no comment.

If anyone wants me to post the wording let me know.

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By Homeworker
04th Feb 2019 12:40

Now seen it below.

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By bernard michael
04th Feb 2019 11:18

Misery now rather than in April

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By bernard michael
04th Feb 2019 11:22

Yes please post the wording

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By AdShawBPR
04th Feb 2019 11:33

Only 4 or 5 clients out of about 100 seem to have had letters from HMRC about MTD. I think this may be because HMRC have been too busy sending out their daft and unnecessary letters about paying PAYE electronically. Year after year they arrive and year after year they're opened and shredded. What a waste.

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By TheChief
04th Feb 2019 11:45

None as of today. But you get not to expect much from HMRC these days!

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By lionofludesch
04th Feb 2019 11:51

Anybody remember stuff coming by oarcel post ?

Those days are gone now and in the past they must remain......

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By Cheshire
04th Feb 2019 11:56

Wording from the letter

The way you send us VAT information is changing

We are changing how businesses need to keep their VAT records and submit their VAT returns. This new service is known as Making Tax Digital. Your business can start using it now as part of the pilot. All VAT registered business must use the service if they have a taxable turnover of, or above, the UK VAT registration threshold (currently £85,000). Taxable turnover is the total value of everything you sell that is not exempt from VAT.

To use this service you will need to keep your VAT records digitally and submit VAT returns using software that works with Making Tax Digital. You will need to do this for your first Vat return for the period starting on or after 1 April 2019.

What you need to do

If you have not already done so, you can join the pilot now so that you can get used to the service. By joining early you’ll know that your business is ready when you are mandated to join. However, before you join, you should speak to your accountant (if you have one) and software provider (if you use software) about the best time for you to sign-up for the service.

Important
Once you have joined the service you will no longer be able to use the existing VAT system to submit your returns. So you need to make sure that you have software that works with Making Tax Digital. If you already file your Vat returns using software, you should speak with your software provider to make sure it has been updated for Making Tax Digital.

Once you are ready to join Making Tax Digital, go to www.gov.uk and search for ‘Use software to submit your VAT returns’ to sign-up. Or, you can ask your accountant to do this for you.

If you need help or would like to know more about Making Tax Digital, go to www.gov.uk and search for ‘Making Tax Digital for VAT’ for our guidance pages. These include short YouTube videos and information to help you find the best software for your needs.
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Great for those with no Accountant......go speak to your software provider who may try to rip you off for unnecessary upgrades (mentioning no software provider names here!)

'Making things easier for business' - not!

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By Homeworker
04th Feb 2019 12:37

Nope, I have been asking and none of mine have had a letter yet! Disgraceful.

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By Cheshire
04th Feb 2019 12:46

Apparently they were posting letters out in November....looks like they got lost in HMRC's mail room https://www.tax.org.uk/policy-technical/technical-news/mtd-communication...

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By lionofludesch
04th Feb 2019 12:52

More lies.

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By Kaylee100
04th Feb 2019 13:08

Backstop. Word of the week!

Probably the wrong word too as that doesn't imply they will send one to everyone but just stop when they reach the barrier date. (which they also haven't decided on)

Its a complete car crash.

The only good thing about the whole thing is busy clients will find the time to talk to me in some details about their systems and I think, ultimately, that will be the best outcome of this for them.

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