Jackie in Wiltshire
Jackie in Wiltshire
Member Since: 18th Mar 2014
11th Dec 2019
I've just filed a non MTD return on the (old) agent's HMRC VAT portal, and it's gone through fine first time.
11th Dec 2019
At the time of engagement all my sole trader clients get a sheet of basic explanatory notes showing how tax is calculated, when tax is paid, and how POAs work. If there is any further difficulty I sit down and explain it with their own numbers.
31st Jul 2019
What the heck is a "numeric period key"?
23rd Jul 2019
17th Jul 2019
I signed up my first client yesterday through the ASA. You have to select "Ask a client to authorise you ". (I have pointed out to HMRC that in my mind that does not mean the same as signing up a client for MTD and that they should change the wording). After a couple of emails with links to click, and "send your application" you'll get a screen message to say it has been received. The confirmation email to me came this morning " You've signed up your client for MTD for VAT" which just gives their VAT number, no name. I have yet to tackle the MTD software bit. You have to sign up each client individually.
21st Jun 2018
You can webmail them to advise the change at
7th Feb 2018
You can stop future payment booklets being sent :-
28th Nov 2017
If you register bank details when you do the initial VAT registration, those will be used for any repayments. If the bank wasn't set up at that time, you need to do form VAT484 to "change" the bank details to get future refunds direct to the bank. The direct debit mandate is only for taking the direct debits - it is not for refunds.
I too have had the situation where the DD for a client's future VAT payments had to be reinstated because the original DD failed due to lack of funds.
3rd Aug 2017
I started up (from scratch) my bookkeeping practice over 3 years ago, having moved on from a job in a tax practice in which I was earning very good money but was very unhappy and almost ill with stress and like you, I am a now a sole practitioner. I don't regret the move at all but there are periods when it is stressful.
I am now at full capacity and over the years have learnt a few tricks to keep long term stress at bay.
a I only work 9-5. I don't work Sundays.
b All clients must make appointments - not just drop in.
c Emails are only accessed once an hour. All are scan read. I colour flag the ones that need attention and deal with them all in one go later in the day.
d Mobile phone is on silent.
e If I do feel under extra pressure, I will set an alarm clock, let the office answering machine kick in, and focus completely on a particular task.
d Clients are given a deadline to get the info to me.
e I know I work better in the mornings so I get the unpleasant/difficult work done then.
f Any filing/shredding etc is collected through the week, and all done on a Saturday.
I find To-Do lists a double edged sword - on the one hand there is the satisfaction of having crossed off a task. On the other hand there is all the other stuff left to do.
I hope you will find some things which you can put in place to help you both at the moment and in the future, and that you get your life back.
30th Mar 2017
Assuming you are using QB desktop: RTI & HMRC don't care about the pay period, they only care about the pay date, and the tax month in which the pay date falls.
You can verify this fact by checking the content of the filed RTI return, within QB.
You don't have to change the pay dates already submitted - the employees have (presumably) actually been paid on those pay dates.
In QB you can adjust the pay period per employee as you wish, whilst you are processing the pay.
So assuming the next pay date is 31 March you can adjust the pay period to what it should be, which is, according to your post, 18 March to 24 March.