Member Since: 23rd Jul 2005
7th Nov 2019
Google/download VATC9, and get the client to sign it, and there's an address where to send it on the form.
24th Oct 2019
You don't get them with bridging software. Yet another HMRC brainwave. Akin to the time they just stopped sending out CT bills.
18th Oct 2019
I love spreadsheets, and 95% of my clients use it, and MTD has doubled the number of spreadsheets, so that's great. Although, it is a bit strange considering the original HMRC plan was to stop us using Excel. Still, at least MTD has managed to stop us making so many VAT mistakes, we always struggled to type in those 4 figures correctly. It was a constant nightmare. Much better idea to have 2 spreadsheets open and create hyper links across the 2 spreadsheets 13 times. Thanks so much for that brainwave HMRC.
8th Oct 2019
OK, maybe not as bad as I thought. The way the person at the VAT office was talking, it sounded like it was everybody.
7th Oct 2019
Its almost like a completely different job isnt it ? Qualifying as a chartered accountant for a bigger/auditing firm isnt much use in a small practice. Probably handy for a couple of those all important accounts disclosures, but balancing a set of working papers, probably not that likely.
It reminds me of a big firm newly qualified person I took on once, and I was very busy, so I just gave him a bag of statements and invoices, gave him the accounts file and told him to 'copy last year'. At the end of the day, I had a look to see how he was getting on, and things didnt look quite right, and I recognised a payment or two, and then it dawned on me. He was copying last year. Literally. He was re-writing the previous years working papers out. When I expressed some surprise, he said 'I had thought it was a funny thing to ask for'
2nd Oct 2019
It isnt easy. I got the advance assurance a couple of years ago for a client and it was relatively painfree and quite straight forward.
I copied exactly the same procedure for another client about a year ago, and firstly they came back and said there was a new form since November 2018, which we did, and then they came back again and said that since January 2018 they don't do advance assurances without details of the potential investors, and then a 3 page letter asking for a massive amount of information. That took 8 months to get to that stage (ie nowhere) but luckily the client had changed his mind by then. I won't be doing one again that's for sure.
26th Sep 2019
The way that the links never worked is an outrage, you kept get taken off to wrong places and wasting so much time doing wrong things and mucking it all up in some cases. And then you get told by them on the phone it's beacause of Firefox, and then Chrome, and then finally that it's better not use any of the links, and use google to find pages instead. I don't think anybody had actually checked to see if it it worked first.
19th Sep 2019
They changed it a couple of years ago now. They will only post it direct to the client. That will be the same client who has presumably already lost their payslips, P60 etc. And good luck finding out the student loan deductions and NEST pension payments.
21st Aug 2019
True, that's what it was, the message just said you could no longer log in via ASA and suggesting searching the HMRC site to find out where the new log in was, but that just got you back to where you started.
That's a worry that the whole system was down for a couple of days, hopefully there was a message telling us that.
21st Aug 2019
It was definitely not working between 5 and 6 yesterday, which wouldnt be too much of a problem if it told you 'we are closed for maintenance' or 'there is a problem please try later'. But telling you that you are logging in at the wrong place, and giving you a link to hmrc.gov.uk to locate the new log in area is beyond stupid, it's ridiculous. Such a waste of time. I've said it before but they have totally forgotten that our clients are acting as unpaid tax collectors for them, and they have to pay us for HMRC stupidity, mistakes and breakdowns.
But you are right, it worked today, the original ASA log in hadnt changed at all. It was just another half hour or more wasted.