Member Since: 1st Feb 1998
AccountingWEB’s Head of Insight has been with the site since 1999 and likes to spend his time studying accountants’ technology habits. When not nerding out, you can find him exploring obscure indie music and searching for the perfect organic sourdough loaf from his base in Brighton, UK.
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26th Jun 2019
That's an excellent suggestion AW71. I was just looking for some definitive info on the process and was coming to the same conclusion when I saw your comment... I'll raise it with the editorial team and get on to the case asap.
I'm sure we'll be seeing a few more conversations like this between now and 7 August.
4th Dec 2018
Here is the official comment from HMRC's spokespeople: "The reason for access struggles yesterday is because our MTD pilot service is currently being updated to allow us to extend it to more businesses and their agents.
"This downtime was planned and listed in advance on GOV.UK as well as in a note to agent professional bodies. We expect the service to be ready to use again by midday today."
We've asked a follow-up to clarify what has been added and what kind of businesses and agents will now be able to access the system.
We've also asked for an explanation about why and how our AccountingWEB member was having trouble bringing across his online client authorisations into his ASA.
The feedback (and public record) from these incidents is very helpful, so thanks to you all again:
1. You are not alone and it's not your fault
2. If maintenance is taking place and system improvements being added, it is in HMRC's interest to keep agents informed, for example by responding to concerns raised here.
3. Clarity about the MTD system's internal workings and project timetable will be in everyone's interest in the long term.
3rd Dec 2018
Thanks for raising the alarm mr mischief - and to all the other members who shared their experiences this afternoon.
I missed most of the action, but was alerted by an email from another member who was experiencing the same issues. His advice from HMRC was that they hoped the Agent Services mechanism would up and running by 11am tomorrow. This is what the official service availability site has to say:
They seem to have beaten the 11am Tuesday deadline, but my informant had an issue with migrating client data from the old gateway account to the new ASA and was told HMRC would not be able to fix that.
We'll see if we can get a clearer explanation from the department in the morning.
9th Aug 2018
Wow, I'm sure it was just a few weeks since I was feeling sorry for the Croatians after a really entertaining World Cup. But that was just like a holiday romance. It's back to the August-May grind now and things are already getting competitive: there are more than 40 teams now with just one day to kickoff.
Unlike last season, Dickie's Allstars are lording it above us all at the top of the table. Wonder how long that will last? Particularly with the arrival of big-money import Mike Goldsmith, who arrives fresh from his triumph last year in a rival league.
I'm already getting accustomed to the relegation zone down around #46. At least I managed to beat the transfer deadline, so my boys will be in contention for points from Day 1.
Come on in if you think you can take them on, and may the best player performance KPI model win.
7th Aug 2018
It depends on who's defining the PM system and where they're coming from, Marks & Pennybridge.
If you are willing to invest more in the system, you can get applications that will handle time & billing and allow you to track WIP and debtors. The CCH Central suite comes to mind and IRIS, but some of the newer generation cloud specialists such as Glide, AccountancyManager and Capium may be able to handle your requirements too.
We've been compiling a series of Software Reviews which are almost ready for publication on AccountingWEB. Practice management software is one of the first three areas that we're covering (which is where I picked up those options). You can find some of the material on which our product descriptions will be based here:
I hope that will feed your interest until the full reviews appear. As Marks suggests, it's also worth searching Any Answers for "practice management software" and seeing what other members have said in the past.
Come back to let us know how you get on.
22nd Jun 2018
Hi Sue, and thanks for a fascinating question to liven up our Friday morning.
As part of a big content project that we're due to publish in a couple of weeks, I've been reviewing forecasting, planning & analysis software and Fluidly was the first one that sprang to my mind.
Fluidly's a young modelling/reporting program that uses machine learning to build and project cash models. I would get in touch directly with the Fluidly team. If it can be trained to travel dates and the amounts of cash due, it *might* be able to meet your needs - but I'm very much an outside commentator looking in at them.
Float is also worth a look as a Xero app designed specifically for cash flow. If other Xero forecasting tools such as Futrli and Spotlight Reporting don't measure up to your needs, the Adaptive Insights suite gets the vote from our finance team.
But they pointed out that they record their payments and accruals in the accounts system. Is it possible to set up ledgers in Xero to track your commitments and delayed payments? If not, then it might be back to Excel.
Maybe some of the spreadsheet boffins on AccountingWEB would be able to help you there. Let us know how you get on with your search.
28th Feb 2018
Sorry to come late to this thread, but after -5degC in Brighton last night, I spent most of the day trying to find heating engineers who could tend to our condensing boiler...
Turns out they don't like it when the moisture they produce freezes in the outlet pipe - so just when you want the heat most, they pack up. Doesn't help that the offending pipe is 20ft up an exposed wall, too thin and with two right angled bends. It's not going to be cheap, but the boiler men have been and sorted me out.
Pavements that haven't seen the sun are like ice rinks. It's going to be a little warmer tomorrow (like maybe -1degC if we're lucky), but we're battening down the hatches for a big snowfall. I'm afraid I won't be making the cross-country trek to Bristol tomorrow, but continue working from home (as I tend to most days). If you are having to do the same at your firm, there are some useful pointers in this item from the last big freeze in 2010: https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/tech/tech-pulse/bad-weather-the-business...
Good luck out there, everyone - and take good care of your boilers!
22nd Nov 2017
I'm right behind you! Found this in the Overview of tax legislation and rates (OOTLAR):
1.15. Off-payroll working reform: extension to the private sector
As announced at Autumn Budget 2017, the government will consult on how to tackle non-compliance with the intermediaries legislation (commonly known as IR35) in the
private sector. The legislation ensures individuals who effectively work as employees are taxed as employees, even if they choose to structure their work through a company. A possible next step would be to extend the recent public sector reforms to the private sector... The consultation will draw on the experience of the public sector reforms, and external research already commissioned by the government and due to be published in early 2018.
I'll be checking in with the usual suspects for their analysis - and keen to hear what AccountingWEB members think about how it is likely to work out. But it might help if we could see the consultation paper first!
Here's what I picked up so far - it's all still speculation, but contractor representatives are relieved HMRC didn't go full steam ahead for April 2018: https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/tax/business-tax/hmrc-flags-new-ir35-reg...
9th Aug 2017
Many thanks Democratus - that was the information I've been trying to get from HMRC.
10th Jul 2017
Just to add to what Tom said, there are still opportunities out there, and to support Richard's curiosity, it was shared by many of the members we saw at Accountex and the AccountingWEB meetup in Canary Wharf.
Opportunities was not something we could include in the original timetable for last year's migration, but was included in the options for Phase 2 development. Since the relaunch our team has been working through a number of other priorities - such as Any Answers posting and email subscriptions - but the conversations around Opportunities are continuing, as Tom noted. Please be assured that when it gets to the point of active consideration, we will be back to collect your suggestions and feedback.