I have 3 VAT returns I wanted to submit today but the 18 month re-authorisation issue has reared its ugly head.
As far as I can remember, the process back in 2019 was that I as agent applied for authorisation (presumably via the ASA I had to set up), the client received an email, they clicked on a link in the email and hey presto! Am I remembering that correctly?
Now it appears the client needs to log into their GG and re-authorise from there. Have I got that right? And, if so, why is this a different process from the original authorisation?
As it happens, none of these 3 'clients' can log into their GGs:
One can't remeber his login and is asking me like I would somehow know what it was. For another, the bookeeper (understandably in a way) set up the contact details to her mobile but she has now, very sadly, died from cancer. We've been going round in circles on this one for months. And the third is me personally and I don't and have never had a GG in my own name, I've just used my agent's HMRC Online a/c and made me a client.
So, snookered all round. If someone could confirm that the re-authorisation is definitely done via the GG, I would be very grateful and will crack on with setting one up for myself. Also, is this a BTA (I'm guessing) or a PTA that I need?
And, finally and just because I'm paranoid about this sort of stuff, there's presumably no issues for agents in having an ASA and also a BTA? (I seem to remember there was some issue back in 2019 about links or tokens or something which put me off getting a personal a/c at the time).