Member Since: 27th Mar 2003
1st Nov 2021
What about transitional overlap relief from 96/97 ?
Will HMRC be giving us those figures ?
.. as clients who have come to me in the last couple of decades surely won't have their accounts for those years !
31st Aug 2021
I might be slow on the uptake, but it has just dawned on me that in 2023/24 we will still have to do all the regular accounts and tax returns for 2022/23 as well as setting up and managing everybody on MTD for ITSA.
Doom ! (said with a Scottish accent)
I'm liking the idea of lorry driving more and more - they will soon be earning more per hour than we could ever charge !
23rd Aug 2021
I'm not sure if this is commonly known, but MTD for ITSA requires just 3 line accounts. Business Income, Business Expenses, Profit.
So that's all that needs recording. What's going to happen when a mortgage co or bank want to see someones accounts ? Are they going to accept 3-liners ? Are we going to have to retrospectively then do their accounts again to come up with the detail ?
I think the tax gap will increase as those who decide to do this themselves will not be splitting up fuel receipts between diesel and lager and cigarettes and chocolate bars - and we won't have the time, inclination nor the receipts to look at to do it any differently anyway - it will all just go down as "Business Expense".
I have many clients who will be incapable of operating any software and who flatly refuse to have online banking (and especially won't wish to connect their bank to some strange software they've never heard of) and, even if they do, do all the business transactions go through the bank ? No, of course not. Market traders, window cleaners, gardeners, all who get paid in cash aren't about to trot off to the bank every day to bank all their takings. Then there are people with deductions from their income before it hits the bank, especially CIS. And the software can't assume this is 20% (or 30%) as there may be materials, so how is the CIS figure getting into the system ? that would be manual entry. Will they get that right ? Don't be silly.
And don't forget the bank feeds need re-authenticating every 90 days - how many clients will be capable of doing that and will actually remember to do so ? We will come do look at their transactions in the one month we have to do this, will discover the bank feeds have expired and will then have to get the client to renew them which will take them days to get around to.
It will be carnage.
23rd Jul 2021
Then we must bombard HMRC with requests for the overlap relief figures for all our clients ! Make sure you send a separate letter for each client.
23rd Jul 2021
You might have thought that the various professional bodies, considering the vast sums we pay them, might be out there representing their members views !
And who are the only ones to profit from all this ? The software companies. And you can bet they are lobbying way harder for MTD than the professional bodies are against it. Bet there's some backhanders floating around out there.
23rd Jul 2021
So what about VAT-registered unincorporated businesses already doing MTD for VAT (i.e. already on software) who have a non-5th April year end ?
Will they have to change too ?
Does any software cope with year end changes ?
10th Jun 2021
Surely someone here better qualified than me could put up an online petition for both accountants and clients alike with all the great points being raised here.
100,000 votes and they have to properly debate it.
10th Jun 2021
Exactly what are our various professional bodies, to whom we pay small fortunes, doing about conveying all of these very relevant concerns to HMRC in an effort to avoid the upcoming train smash ?
The software companies are just rubbing their hands with glee with their mostly-flawed offerings, everyone is hooked up on analysing bank accounts, forgetting that a great number of people have no wish to do online banking, and legitimately do not bank all of their takings on a daily basis anyway (market traders, window cleaners, gardeners et al) and then use some of the cash for their expenditure. Then there are those who don't have the ability to operate the tech nor any wish to do so after a hard day's grafting.
31st Jan 2020
None of this mentions the problems with the software packages themselves and how clients immediately phone or email us as the first port of call when their browser won't load FreeAgent, or the bank feeds stop working overnight in Kashflow, or bank feeds are missing or duplicating transactions, or they can't allocate a payment to more than 100 supplier invoices - I could write a book on the problems and limitations with the main software packages, none of which have turned out to be "free" by the way !
Let alone clients who don't have a computer, or can't switch one on, or who don't do online banking because of "security issues", or have no internet, or just who haven't got a clue about any of it and care even less.
MTD-for-everybody-else would be accounting armageddon - its been time consuming enough for the 5% of clients who had to do MTD for VAT and they are actually used to the concept of keeping accounting records, receipts and the like, and of doing something quarterly even if they don't really know what it is.
May God help us all.
31st Jan 2020
I recall Michael Steed, esteemed lecturer on the circuit and brilliant all round chap, a few years ago, saying he had just been teaching tax, at the Treasury, to a bunch of fresh-out-of-University graduates, for them to then advise the Government on tax !! Says it all.