As predicted in the thread about TIN's, this document is gobsmackingly out of touch
Not only can we train a Joiner to use digital accounts (currently on paper records) in 8 hours for £163, than annual on costs including software is £185 for the 4 filings, £158 is for the software and £24 for the agent. Yup we are going to charge him just £6 for quarterly filing. That so mad I will say it again, accountants are going to charge just £6 per quarter for a joiner who was on paper records to file MTD, based on one unit of time per year (presumably they think we charge £50+VAT per hour)
This INCLUDES time spent communicting with the customer, and no time for checking, as it wont take any longer to do this 5 times a year vs once now. Apparantly.
See the "ongoing quarterly agent costs"
Quarterly agent costs
For businesses operating MTD ITSA HMRC has assumed that many businesses that use an agent to submit their end of year tax return will use an agent to check and / or submit the quarterly updates that will be needed under MTD ITSA.
This estimate is only applied to ITSA-only businesses because typical VAT businesses already submit quarterly returns and are not expected to incur any additional cost for providing quarterly MTD updates.
Although the estimates include time spent communicating with an agent quarterly, they do not include the time the agent will spend checking quarterly submissions as an additional cost as HMRC believes the need to submit quarterly spreads the cost of checking over the year but does not increase it. Chargeable agent time within this estimate has been assessed as 6 minutes, being the smallest unit of time agents and accountants typically charge for.