Businesses who sign up for MTD will no longer be able to file their VAT returns through the existing portal. That's what I mean by suspended.
Thankfully, I don't believe you have understood correctly. The portal will be suspended for those businesses who have signed up for MTD, and not for anyone else.
Presumably, when they get around to it, HMRC will start chasing those businesses who should be filing under MTD but aren't, but since the likely result of forcing people who aren't ready into it is a loss of revenue for HMRC, it would be foolish of them to cut people off.
I have some bad news for you, the new Agent Services Account looks nothing like the old Agent Portal and it would seem that you may have set up the wrong type of account.
The assumption seems to be that "starting to prepare" should begin with registering for MTD.
That is the worst possible way to handle things. Registering should be the last thing you do in preparation, once everything else is in place.
Is Float one of those apps where they sell the software first, and then make it work? Because Float's CEO Colin Hewitt seems to view processes in reverse.
An Excel spreadsheet is not software, it's a spreadsheet. The software suppliers in this arrangement are Microsoft and the people who make the bridging software. Since Microsoft haven't designed their software to file anything with HMRC, it's just the bridging software supplier to whom this is relevant.
The supply of the bespoke website to your client is indeed a supply of services and not goods, I suspect that you will struggle to get HMRC to change their position.
I don't know what VATable costs your client incurred in securing funding but I can't imagine how any of those could be goods either.
Here's another article from Neil laying it out https://www.taxadvisermagazine.com/article/goods-or-services
This year we have sent dozens of tax returns in on paper because HMRC's technology does not correctly calculate the tax due and rejects our correct tax returns.
Tax simplification is needed to help HMRC program their own tax software because at the moment the commercial software companies can do it, but HMRC can't.
It's ludicrous to say as technology improves we don't need a simpler tax system, it's already too complex for the government to keep up.
Definitely agree, while I can see it being possible and even reasonable to split the businesses into separate entities I don't think they did enough to be sure of this result, very lucky indeed.
There's no reason to make such a mess of it either, to my mind it better demonstrates the all important "intent" if they actually treat them as separate businesses and not just let these things slide.
Charging extra for late clients is a good way of increasing fee income, but ineffective at stopping people being late. If you charge extra for late submission then it is an accepted part of your fee structure and clients need not feel guilty for handing things in late.
Psychologically, the guilt of putting you, the person who is helping them, under unnecessary pressure, is a more effective tool for encouraging earlier submission than an increase in fees. Of course, you do have to wield that tool and it's not easy to meet with everyone and sit them down and have a bit of a go at them for being slow or lazy, so many will find it easier to raise their fees.
If that's the case then your best option is to raise the fees to the point where you don't mind being flat out every January, because the impact on the timing of your annual workload is likely to be minimal.
I don't think you understood a single word of what I said.
The gist of it was that it's not ok for people to sexually assault one another, whether male or female. I didn't think it was a controversial point.
You seem to have gotten hung up on society's response to these things, rather than the issue itself. Society's response is part of the problem though and you trumpeting on about how it's different if a woman does it to a man isn't helping.