While I've not posted in Peter Saxton's thread I have read it, and if you read the dozens of other ones to which you refer I've posted in a lot of those offering help and, in some cases, resolving the issues people have had.
I've been able to help by explaining what I did, which was all based on the instructions I read online. I'm not going to pretend it isn't easy to make mistakes but if you follow the instructions exactly then you should be fine.
The biggest single issue people seem to have that keep reoccurring is related to cookies and saved files. I would recommend using either private browsing mode or a different browser or computer to get through at least the initial setup of the account. If you use the same PC and browser that you would normally use to access the HMRC site you may get diverted to the wrong page.
Also Firefox definitely doesn't work with the ASA.
To all the people recommending Macbook Airs, I've never seen one with a number pad, do they make ones that have them and I've just not come across them?
Nobody posts about the successful filing via MTD, ergo all the posts are negative.
It's really not that hard and works fine, most of the time. Set up your ASA, wait 72 hours. Then link all your clients and wait a bit. Then sign up those for MTD who have to be signed up and wait a bit again. Then add them in your software, whatever that is and have at it.
There's not much to it, the real problem is it's a bit of a faff and a long way round for no benefit to anyone, the same data goes to HMRC as before.
There's no real reason to throw your hands up and cry defeat without even trying though, and doing so definitely opens you up for penalties, the soft landing period doesn't apply if you don't try.
If you look up the laptop, the number after the '£' tells you how good it is. Generally they're all built with more or less the same hardware in more or less the same factories and run more or less the same software.
Just go for one that's about £500-ish, or more if you fancy it, that way you weed out the ones with crippling issues. A small solid state drive is better than a big SATA one. Everything else is just slightly different degrees of speed at doing the same tasks.
I generally go with HP but also use Dell, Lenovo, Toshiba and Asus and they're all virtually identical.
For the love of god make sure it has Windows 10 on it, if you manage to find one still running 7 it'll be obsolete in six months and Windows 8 was dire. I would be astonished if you found one in any big retailer that didn't have Windows 10 though.
If you like Macs you can get a Mac but you pay the price of the laptop twice, once for the laptop and then again for the little Apple on it, they're not worth the extra.
Well I got that much from google, I have no idea what the system he's talking about does. A CRM system could be a Rolodex of addresses or an all singing all dancing AI system that runs your business.
It's a separate service on the HMRC site, I don't think there's any change.
I disagree, there's no BIK either way. As has already been stated earlier in the thread.
Worldpay charges are mostly VAT exempt with the exception of the component of the charge that is an admin fee, that part is VATable.
A typical Worldpay invoice might be for £440 with maybe £3.50 input VAT.
If paypal only charge the finance charge element then their charges are entirely exempt.
Daily sales totals are fine for MTD if you're operating on the retail scheme.
If you have more than one rate of VAT you need to put daily sales totals per rate of VAT.
I have no idea what anything else in your post means because you seem to think we all know what you mean by your CRM system. Is it a till?
Thanks John, detailed as always.
It seems a really stupid system but I can't argue that HMRC do appear to be saying what you're saying. I would still argue that it's not in any meaningful way a digital link, but it is indeed what HMRC consider a digital link.