This really annoyed me, and I emailed them to let them know, but heard nothing back. I had several clients on this software but due to their original statement saying they wouldn't be going down the MTD route I migrated them to another package as year-ends passed to ensure compliance. What a waste of my time and effort!
My hobby - birdwatching - takes me to some pretty remote areas, so when I'm away it's often not physically possible to stay in touch. Lovely! Next hol is Mongolia in a couple of weeks, I doubt there's Wifi in the Gobi Desert ;)
You can't ignore the question, the system demands you either give your bank details or those of your agent. It is a real pain when completing the form on someone else's behalf as if you need to know their bank details, but if you know they aren't due a repayment you would have no reason to ask for this information.
No it doesn't. I have filed numerous Returns via HMRC website (maybe 200+ for 2017) and only entered bank details when a repayment arose, on about 20 occasions. It really does depend on your answer to the preceding question.
On the page before the one you've shown a screenshot of, it asks if you want a repayment to you or someone else (eg your agent). If you'd simply ignored that question the page you couldn't get past wouldn't have appeared so you wouldn't have had to provide your bank details. Nothing sinister here! Apologies for double negatives.
Kate Upcraft wrote:
I will have no problem with frequent tax code changes when and if payroll software can be informed of such changes automatically by HMRC so that we do not need to do this manually. Does any payroll software yet do this?
With Brightpay you just click on coding changes when running the payroll, and it downloads and updates them as long as you are registered as agent. Is that what you were after Charlie?
Will they be cross-referencing for SA records? I get fed up with P800 refunds for years already clear under SA, so you have to advise client not to cash payable orders, or explain why they need to repay their windfall!
So why on earth have HMRC stopped issuing CT620s for Corporation Tax, which I'm absolutely certain will lead to late CT payments? The lack of announcements regarding this (at least, if it was announced it passed me by) is another concern.
Have I missed something?
What Is "the substantial increase in supply" that will squeeze our prices? As Ian McTernan says, this will generate extra work, I've already started explaining to clients who are coming in with their usual "bags of shite[***]" that we'll have to be setting up proper bookkeeping systems for them, and there still seems to be more than enough work to go round.
Letter to all clients
Old Greying Accountant wrote:
... the £300 fine, but more likely the excuse to put you on the naughty step and not grant you full agent access when the self-serve changes come in - could be just a ruse to grade all small firms as second class firms so they can continue cosying up the the big firms.
If it wasn't for the possibility above, I'd volunteer to pay the fine in advance on the basis it's cheaper than the stamps and stationery costs alone!
In any case, will a "form" letter really have any impact? And what about onshore evasion, possibly far more likely amongst our client base (not that any of mine do.....).
When I was a lad
You were either employed or self-employed. The responsibility to decide was that of the person paying. All PSCs, IR35 et al is/are doing is fudging the grey area inbetween and passing the buck for responsibility thereon. By making the payers responsible for status decisions again (has this ever actually changed, in reality??) we will be returning to a system that ran without any real problems for many years, which can only be a good thing.
Most contractors are in reality well-paid temps, aren't they?