Where are you focusing your tech efforts in 2023?

With the MTD ITSA can kicked down the road, are you looking to refresh your tech in other areas?

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Seasons greetings one and all,

Your festive tech editor here, popping down AWeb's digital chimney bearing questions... With the MTD ITSA delay giving another two years of breathing space, are you looking to spruce up your technology in other areas? Or just hoping to get through the year unscathed? 

And if you are looking at new areas of tech, where are you looking? Practice workflow? Digital workpapers? Hybrid working tools? Ushering the new generation of AI chatbots into your firm? ;-)

Many thanks as always and have a good Christmas,

Tom

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By williams lester accountants
21st Dec 2022 11:36

Considering moving our practice management from Accountancy Manager to someone (anyone) else.

And further investigating making payments on behalf of clients, we have looked at a couple already, but nothing really hits the exact requirement without a huge workup!

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By djn
22nd Dec 2022 10:35

Out of interest, why would you be moving from accountancy manager? It looks fantastic and we are seriously considering it.

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By Wanderer
21st Dec 2022 12:01

Dumping IRIS & moving more over to TaxCalc.

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By Matrix
21st Dec 2022 12:09

IRIS just emailed asking if we are ready for MTD.

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By accountantccole
21st Dec 2022 12:25

Got that one too - ooops

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By Paul Crowley
21st Dec 2022 13:38

Muppetry in motion

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By Tornado
23rd Dec 2022 09:09

"Dumping IRIS & moving more over to TaxCalc."

I did that a long time ago.

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By DJKL
21st Dec 2022 12:24

Super Mario.

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By Tom Herbert
21st Dec 2022 12:48

Do you think the Mario Brothers' plumbing firm would have been incorporated? They certainly seemed to gather a lot of coins, but didn't actually do a lot of actual plumbing work...

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By DJKL
21st Dec 2022 13:34

Likely cash in hand work, black economy.

If they did register it would have been as two sole traders rather than a partnership or single limited to up their thresholds re VAT.

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By User deleted
21st Dec 2022 15:33

Always too busy rescuing Princess Daisy

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By DJKL
21st Dec 2022 16:03

Is it not Princess Peach (she shouts her name a lot in Mario Karts when she overtakes you).

If Mario and Luigi do incorporate I am waiting for the HMRC interview,

"Well Mr Mario, I am not happy with the provision of that Squirrel outfit, the metal suit may also have issues, I suspect both give a personal benefit and they are not branded workwear, I refer you to Mallalieu v Drummond: HL 27 Jul 1983.

However I will allow the cap with its M branding, though am slightly troubled about the wings that sprout from it, is it workwear or travel?

Now the recovery of Peach costs , well I really fail to see how these are for the company's benefit, perhaps if she was an employee then her recovery might be argued as a business cost but she is not a director, on RTI payroll in any capacity, and you have singularly failed to demonstrate her function within the company's activities, I am also not convinced by your suggestion that rescuing her is another business activity, I would point out that when viewed through the prism of the badges of trade the absence of a profit motive is significant.

Now turning to these Karts, you have explained you choose which one to use before each race, I would suggest to you that your ability to so choose indicates their year round availability so we next need to discuss benefits in kind for all 256 vehicles your employer provides for your use"

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By User deleted
21st Dec 2022 16:23

Oh yes, according to Google Princess Daisy is the love interest of Luigi, Princess Peach is Mario's!!!

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By DJKL
21st Dec 2022 16:38

I suspect I played far too often when the kids were small and they could not master certain levels , not a problem now as they are miles better than I am, but back in time I was a dab hand with a powerslide on the N64 and was forced to finish Yoshi's Island on the SNES for my son. (The Last Bowser caused him grief but he was only about 6 at the time)

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By accountantccole
21st Dec 2022 12:26

Currently moving to the cloud and integrating French team in - going to be fun

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By daniel_
21st Dec 2022 12:57

Digital workpapers - There has to be a better way of bridging the gap between Xero and Accounts Production than using Excel ETBs. Considering Xero Workpapers, MyWorkpapers and Silverfin

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By Paul Crowley
21st Dec 2022 17:04

Excel works for me
If you find a pandora's box then please post about it

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By D V Fields
21st Dec 2022 19:05

Excel - does everything you ask it to do.

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By SteveHa
21st Dec 2022 13:30

I'm replacing the HD on my Pi4 which hosts my Plex server (probably this evening), and remote boots three of the other Pi machines.

I've also just acquired a new domain name, so when I get a minute I need to point the MX records to it an create the new address on my email server (I host my own).

Non of this is anything to do with work, but you didn't specify.

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By Paul Crowley
21st Dec 2022 13:40

I intend to evade any attempt at selling by the purveyors

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By ireallyshouldknowthisbut
21st Dec 2022 14:04

Ive been putting off moving my ancient email system (Thunderbird, proper old school) over to Microsoft Exchange.

Been in the "between xmas and new year" spot for the past 4 years but had better things to do in this period, or had Covid.

Maybe do it in Feb/March!

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By Hugo Fair
21st Dec 2022 14:47

There's always 'better things to do' ... thank goodness.
It'd be a sad world for me if there wasn't!

To misquote John Lennon, and change the meaning of his aphorism, "life is what happens when you're busy having fun".

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By SteveHa
21st Dec 2022 14:52

ireallyshouldknowthisbut wrote:

Ive been putting off moving my ancient email system (Thunderbird, proper old school) over to Microsoft Exchange.

For personal use I still use Thunderbird, and wouldn't have it any other way.

Mind you, for personal use I'm exclusively a Linux user.

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By tom123
21st Dec 2022 15:00

Changing software is painful - but I really recommend going through the pain if something better comes out the other side.

We moved away from Sage payroll (which is fine in regular commerce - and I have used for 20 + years) to a product called Edupay - which is specific to my sector - Education.

I was a bit restless the night before the first 'live' payrun - but all went well.

I'm glad I didn't let the fear put me off - and stick to what I knew..

At some point (but not yet!) I need to think about my main ERP type system - which involves a shed load more users - unlike payroll which was just my team.

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By User deleted
21st Dec 2022 16:24

Talking of tech efforts, a client is insistent a £2k gaming laptop was a necessity for his business.....!

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By daniel_
21st Dec 2022 16:36

is whether it's a necessity relevant? as long as it's wholly and exclusively for business, right?

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By Paul Crowley
21st Dec 2022 17:05

That means no playing games?

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By Arthur Putey
21st Dec 2022 17:22

I'm looking for an EV whose onboard tech can integrate with cloud apps, but I think that might require an upgrade to Android Auto.

Otherwise I might put more time into looking at lower cost alternatives to Xero and for something that meets EU VAT requirements.

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By djn
22nd Dec 2022 10:34

We are moving from iris payroll to brightpay after 25 plus years.
A little scary but it has to be done as iris is just clunky and crazy expensive for payroll.

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By Chloe_wight
22nd Dec 2022 10:57

We're planning to move from Sage Payroll to a cloud-based payroll software. Any tips for just over 100 employees?

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By daniel_
22nd Dec 2022 12:32

if doing a mid-taxyear switchover, make sure that the employee references are the same in both systems, otherwise HMRC could think an employee has two different employments. Double check the YTD figures when moved across.

Is there a reason why it can't wait until the end of the tax year? I've always been recommended to switch software at the end of the year if possible.

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By Hugo Fair
22nd Dec 2022 18:15

"if doing a mid-taxyear switchover, make sure that the employee references are the same in both systems" ... is not correct (or at least not fully accurate).

What needs to happen is that whatever gets reported from your old payroll as 'Payroll ID' in the FPS should:

EITHER continue to be reported (via whatever field in your new software is used to populate 'Payroll ID' in the FPS);

OR should be replaced by a new value of 'Payroll ID' in the FPS - PLUS the old Payroll ID value should be reported (as 'Old Payroll ID for this employment') AND 'Indicator that Payroll ID for this employment, if present on last submission, has changed this pay period' should be ticked in the FPS.

In other words ... either retain the same Payroll ID (as per Daniel's edict) OR use new values (but if you do so then notify HMRC via the relevant FPS values).

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By Tornado
23rd Dec 2022 09:11

I am thinking of moving from Train Simulator Classic to Trainsim World, but it is a big decision to make.

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