Member Since: 1st Feb 1998
AccountingWEB’s interim Editor in Chief has been with the site since 1999 and returned to the editorial hot seat in March 2020 to lead the hunt for a long-term successor... Send a DM if you're interested! When not tending to the needs of AccountingWEB members and geeking out on their technology habits, he devotes much of his time to his oddball collection of stringed instruments and seeking out obscure indie music in Brighton UK and beyond.
Editor in Chief (interim) AccountingWEB
31st Mar 2021
Sorry - it's always been that way. Our verbal security guard comes from across the Atlantic, where that word has slightly different connotations.
19th Mar 2021
Thanks for alerting us, Hugo. I already had a few questions for HMRC about the MTD for VAT update. I'll add your question to our list.
17th Mar 2021
Thanks to JV for alerting us to the reverse charge fix. After raising this thread through the Intuit press channels I got the same answer back, but JV kindly stepped into to update everyone before I did. The direct info is much appreciated.
We look forward to seeing more of you on AccountingWEB, JV. The more product information you share, the better as far as we're concerned.
16th Mar 2021
Sorry to hear about all your struggles today. As John Hemming has already indicated, HMRC issued an incident report just after 4:30pm this afternoon.
The email I got explained that HMRC’s programmers would need to shut down the Return Submission element of MTD for VAT to install their fix.
“As a result, it is currently not possible for customers or agents to submit a VAT return through the MTD service,” HMRC warned. Other elements of the VAT service such as sign-up and payment would stay open, however, and there was no interruption to applications for the VAT deferral New Payment Scheme.
“HMRC is working to resolve this issue as soon as possible and expect the full service to return on the morning of Thursday 18th March.”
I'm writing up a summary of what's been going on since the weekend and will keep an eye on things until Thursday. The question I'm wondering is what they've been working on and how much more is needed to ramp the servers up for more VAT traffic and the expanding MTD for income tax pilot scheme.
John can you or any other specialist developers reading this enlighten us?
16th Mar 2021
Thanks for passing on the info Ted.
I got a follow up email at 09:47 this morning from HMRC alerting me to an issue that was making the MTD for VAT page unavailable. Ten minutes later, a specific component had been identified and was being fixed.
But half an hour ago, I got an update, explaining that after scheduled maintenance over the weekend: "an issue has been identified which is impacting the ability of some MTD for VAT customers to submit a return.
"In order to enable a fix to be delivered, the ‘Return Submission’ element of MTD for VAT requires shuttering. As a result, it is currently not possible for customers or agents to submit a VAT return through the MTD service.
"All other elements of the VAT service (such as sign-up and payment) remain open. There is no interruption to applications for the VAT deferral New Payment Scheme. The MTD for ITSA service is unaffected.
"We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible and expect the full service to return on the morning of Thursday 18th March. If this situation changes, we will notify you immediately."
If it would help to keep up with these notifications, click the blue button at the top of this page: https://api-platform-status.production.tax.service.gov.uk/
16th Mar 2021
Thanks for bringing the consultations to our attention, Basil.
For the sake of completeness, can I also point readers to Steve Collings' article series on the topic:
From a personal point of view, there's some sympathy for the need to tackle some of the problems AccountingWEB members have been flagging up for years. So while this consultation exercise is a step in the right direction, there's so much more that could be done.
There are some interesting comments on the anti-fraud measures and company director articles, along with a dash of cynicism from a couple of members.
Perhaps when the dust settles from the pandemic, the Registar and government could look again at the most obvious problems that have arisen and start a new round of reform to address them.
24th Feb 2021
Thanks for raising this point, TD. Changing a few words on a page is something that may not require an engineering change order and full executive clearance, so we've got some hope that we can grant your wish.
Richard Hattersly has mentioned the issue to our tech team. If they're ready to do an edit, do you have any preferred way to invite contributions from other members?
24th Feb 2021
You're right, John, Stuart did liken the acquisition to his dream marriage. But he also worked the Stefani theme into a subsequent comment about Xavier itself, which I took down as: "Xavier – it’s the Gwen Stefani of apps right now."
23rd Feb 2021
I'm just listening in to the global announcement webinar, with a neat turn from the UK's Stuart Hirst, who called Xavier "the Gwen Stefani" of apps.
Dext is a branding change, not owner ship change -that has happened incrementally over the past year or so since RB pulled in c£50m of investment.
With Xero, QBO, FreeAgent and Sage all building receipt capture into their platforms, the space for Receipt Bank to do its mojo was getting smaller and smaller. So you can see why new managers shooting for a "next generation" propositon would want to junk the "Receipt" bit. Their mission is going to be a wider one of empowering accountants and bookkeepers to be more productive and profitable by better serving clients. That's the concept as I understand it.
To quote chief exectuive officer Adrian Blair in his online announcement, Dext "fuses with dexterity with next, as in taking the profession to the next level".
I'm still listening in, but will cook up a more detailed report for the site later today: https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/tech/accounting-software/receipt-bank-re...
[edit - added URL for news report above. Thanks all for your comments.]
15th Feb 2021
I'm a bit slow on the uptake here, but I think your question will be covered in this morning's Any Answers Live webinar. It started at 9am, but will be available for viewing afterwards here: https://www.accountingweb.co.uk/domestic-reverse-charge-prepare-clients-...
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