Member Since: 20th Sep 1998
Stephen established his general accountancy practice in 1986 to help individuals and small businesses become more successful. Stephen is an Independent Certified Practising Accountant and Fellow member of The ICPA and member of the IAB. He was a TAS Software accounting partner and used TAS Software since 1995. In 2012 he became a Xero Certified Advisor with the strong belief that Xero Accounting software was changing the way accountants interact with businesses. Never looked back.
A visit to an Accountants' Exhibition in London's City area back in the 90's Stephen discovered a young Sift company promoting a new website called AccountingWeb. Since then he has been a regular subscriber.
9th Jan 2020
Still down. How disappointing again. HMRC and GOV need to change their focus from "best digital tax system in Europe" to "an online tax system that you can rely on". Forget all the bells and whistles, just give us one that works!
7th Jan 2020
Just tried and I was allowed in for the first time today.
17th Oct 2019
Many thanks for this. I was already logged as normal but with all the clients missing like everyone else. Opened up a new tab and pasted in your link and it worked. Brilliant! Thanks again. I agree with all the sentiments about HMRC already posted on here - not fit for purpose. Why do they do this to agents? After all we're only trying to assist our clients to get it right.
5th Aug 2019
Not relevent to OP but useful for emailing HMRC FRS team. Having attended an HMRC webinar around March 2017 just before the FRS reduced cost basis changes were to be introduced from 1 April we were advised to send an email to [email protected] if the client wished to withdraw from FRS and just explain with brief details. We did this for two clients. Although we asked for confirmations of receipt none were received. However one client did tell us he'd received a letter confirming withdrawal from FRS about 10 weeks later. The other client was a poor communicator anyway. Not sure if the email address is still valid but certainly worth a try. For belt and braces you could always send it by post as well.
13th Nov 2018
£3.25 incl vat per ream from B&M Stores or Asda for Xerox Performer A4 80 gsm. A decent good all rounder. We also are using less paper than we used to.
3rd Aug 2018
I had an SA client drop off our list last year after the SAR was submitted so no pressure. Client stated not by them. Waste of time contacting HMRC so waited to see if client was reinstated. Nope. So for this year's SAR applied for authorisation online again. Advised client. Password received and away we go again. Just a pain but this is the simplest way to sort it out and move on. HMRC and IT just don't sit well together. Roll on MTD!
19th Jul 2018
I have used Dashlane for a few years now. For one device it's free but I pay USD30 per year and it syncs the passwords across all my devices. It can generate strong passwords for you of which the format and length are customisable. Also has secure notes section for keeping all sorts of other sensitive info safe and organised. Also holds your payment cards and will populate fields when paying online for your basket of goodies. Also it will alert you if a website suffers a data breach and prompts you to change your password. Finally it keeps an eye on your passwords with a dashboard so you can see their status, good, weak, used more than once, etc and helps you change them. You no longer need websites to store your card details or for browsers to store your passwords. So much more secure. It's brilliant. Wouldn't be without it now.
I nearly forgot. There is a business version which allows work colleagues to share passwords.
5th Jun 2018
Agree with Paul Scholes. We've used Iris Openspace for many years for tax returns and accounts. In April we told all our payroll clients that we would be using it for their payroll documents as well. We continue to send the usual emails that the monthly payroll has been completed along with any notes but without attachments or personal or employees' data. These reports are uploaded to Iris Openspace. We gave clients no choice in the matter and all have accepted without criticism.
In the cases where we email payslips from the payroll direct to clients' employees these are now encrypted (which I understand is optional but I feel happier doing it this way). Again no choice and no negative feedback.
20th Jul 2016
Successfully logged in. Still no recent PAYE notices even though received an email yesterday telling me I had some. What is recent? Old system you could search by entering dates and type. New system defaults to "recent" with no facility to change search dates. Not exactly progress is it.
20th Jul 2016
Cannot log in to agent account this morning either. Had an email yesterday saying there were PAYE notices for me. logged ok but no new messages - typical! Tried to log in today to check again but got got caught in the log in loop.