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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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9th Jan 2020
Unfortunately you are not mistaken, Angela.
There's an Any Answers thread up and running about the situation and we have put a call through to HMRC for an explanation.
Their reply for now was: "We are looking into this as a matter of urgency and will let you know when we can."
8th Jan 2020
Today's loss of service affected other digital services and was unrelated to yesterday's MTD for VAT API errors, HMRC told us.
The spokesperson also said that people could have until tomorrow (9 Jan) to file their Sept-Nov VAT returns without incurring late filing penalties - another extension to the original 24hr relaxation.
8th Jan 2020
The issue with Xero's dependance on APIs has been addressed by Xero executive Tim Wright, who explained: "MTD VAT in Xero is a live ‘real time’ link with HMRC that requires an authorisation connection to HMRC. Xero supports authorisation for businesses and (for people part of a practice) agents. The authorisation is different for the 2 groups and aren’t shareable.
"We’ve been advised to only show the information HMRC provides via the API to people with authorisation. This means for someone to open a VAT return for review in Xero they need to have authorisation in place.
"We've discussed this area at length with HMRC as we know this is a point of frustration for you and we understand it's not how you’d like it to work. We don't want to cause you any inconvenience or hassle, however HMRC have been clear that they expect people to have their own authorisations, rather than shared logins which is how the previous HMRC VAT system worked.
"We do not plan to relax any authorisation requirements outside express agreement with HMRC.
"We’re looking into a VAT return review and authorisation process, which won’t require a MTD authorisation token as part of the process. The idea is that you whilst you will need a token to get and open a VAT return from HMRC, you will be able to issue a MTD VAT Return for review/approval by your client (hopefully with a signing capacity) so that it can then be submitted.
"This is part of our plans for the next calendar year (now being Oct 2019), and we’ll continue to listen to feedback to influence our plans."
8th Jan 2020
Jan 8, 12:26 - "New incident: Investigating"
A few minutes ago I got an alert from HMRC's API status service: "We're experiencing an elevated level of API errors and are currently looking into the issue."
The initial response from HMRC is that they are not sure if today's incident and yesterday's are connected. They are investigating and promised to pass on their findings.
Update: Incident reported resolved at 13.52.
5th Dec 2019
Thanks for your comment, but I should point out that Crunch itself didn't claim to be a mega-practice. I used it as a shorthand way to characterise the firm. That does not mean there aren't other megapractices in Sussex or elsewhere.
But do those firms serve 10k+ clients? In relation to AccountingWEB's universe, at least, that's a pretty chunky operation.
30th Oct 2019
Sorry about the questionnaire format, our content management system is playing up. I've asked our tech team to go in and tweak the code, but if you'd like to try it in more comfortable surroundings without having to wait, you can have a go here: https://karbonhq.typeform.com/to/Nrd8E7
28th Oct 2019
No mention of them on the current exhibitor list, Glenn.
From what I've been hearing, Castaway has been getting friendly with Sage. Don't know if that would affect their relationship with Xero or not.
12th Sep 2019
Maybe it's worth pointing out that the link to the Capium buyer's guide was a random appearance (it's not showing when I just looked), and also that AccountingWEB is funded by advertising.
Like any other free-to-use service on the Net, we will have display ads and link to content that help us build and maintain the site.
Please don't hold a grudge against any developers like Capium who support the site. You are not obliged to click any of the links or download the guides, so they will only contact you if you've indicated that you're interested in hearing more about their products.
And the practice is certainly not against the law. We like to think that the material that is published on AccountingWEB by our advertising partners is informative and useful to our members, and most of them seem to accept the trade-off.
19th Jun 2019
Some interesting points here - thanks. After spending a week away on holiday I tried the Power BI services menu again and found the Xero link up and running again.
Maybe it's pushing things too far to argue that Xero's temporary disappearance was due to the impracticality of Power BI dashboards. Sugura and Paulgoldstar are both doing it.
Rather than freezing Xero out of its analytic environment, the temporary absence was more likely due to a technical glitch or oversight.
3rd May 2019
Thanks for your comment John. While I can understand the hint of snark behind it, having had a look at the app after this interview I think it's worth making the effort to understand what Clarity is and what they're trying to do.
For the next two months, publicity and hype are important elements for the Clarity crew to build up as much interest in the project as they can. And aside from a demo prototype, there isn't actually a product they can roll out to the market yet, so it's all very conceptual - they're selling an idea. So yes, what we're getting from them now is akin to two boxers trash talking each other for the cameras before their big bout.
But the app does what Damery says. Demostrating it to me on an iPad at the show, it displayed 7 key numbers (income, expenses, cashflow etc) and had a nicely organised online repository for company articles, business plans and other documents. If you were looking for an investor, he suggested, they could register with Clarity to get a ID signature code, and then use that to look at the reports and documents illustrting the company's performance and plans.
There weren't flashing lights saying "Supercool - this app is powered by blockchain", it was just a nice, easy to understand interface.
With the database behind it, Clarity will be able to import accounts ledger and other data via APIs to display in reports and KPI dashboards, with the main purpose of showing business owners and managers numbers to spark conversations.
There was also a prompt page, raising issues like credit control, growth planning and marketing. In time, the plan is to publish checklists and advisory content to steer both the adviser and client to start putting improvement ideas into action. As an idea, it's certainly interesting.
We'll have to wait until early July to see how far off the ground it gets. Until then, maybe other Accountex visitors can tell us what they think of it.