Yoda works for HMRC?
I sincerely hope that you are being ironic.
Are you not aware that the MTD rules do not allow us agents to log into our clients' Digital Tax Accounts?
You couldn't make it up.
You are welcome to refer to to any or all of my previous comments on MTD.
The current plans for MTD, which have already been kicked into the long grass in respect of direct taxation, won't happen.
The VAT plans will be implemented but after the usual initial problems, the rules will be eased to allow keyed input of return data.
I won't be wasting any more time on this subject.
Next question please.
Client: If I get a computer for my accounts, what will it do for me?
Me: In your case, you will be able to make bigger mistakes faster.
The real problem is that the whole project is being done backwards. They shouldn't have started with a huge budget to be spent, thin air deadlines and software.
Briefly, the project should have started with realistic objectives, consultations with all interested parties, then drafting policy, specifications and legislation/regulations. The next step is software design, testing, modification where necessary and approval.
You then give taxpayers and/or agents time to determine specific requirements and responsibilities, select appropriate approved software, make the necessary staff adjustments and allow time for training and parallel running.
Implementation should be staged, starting with the largest businesses first and working downwards through the medium, small and micro.
The new system should exempt any business where it is clear that digitisation on a quarterly basis will be burdensome and without any measurable benefit to taxpayer or Revenue.
Instead we have an expensive, wasteful, inefficient, unworkable botch.
The polite term is omnishambles.
The real description starts with the word cluster.
I have my doubts that Sage could be a better choice for anything.
Participation in internal courses on the correct use of spreadsheets was mandatory when I was a student accountant at one of the then Big Four firms more than 30 years ago. I also benefited from an advanced spreadsheet course after I had qualified.
It is true that the software covered by the early courses comprised Visicalc and Supercalc. The advanced training was on Lotus 123.
I never received any formal training on Excel but the basic principles and disciplines were properly taught and our competence assessed.
No, but I don't think such practical matters will prevent HMRC from charging penalties until the first of such cases reach the Tribunals.