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Tech Lowdown: VAT Centre, BTCSoftware and automation

13th Aug 2019
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Tech Lowdown

Welcome to our weekly round-up of the latest news and updates from the accounting tech world. 

This week, Sage has introduced a new tool to give agents’ improved visibility on their clients’ VAT returns. Elsewhere, BTCSoftware and Pandle have announced improvements and additional functionality.

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MTD for VAT visibility

Sage’s new VAT Centre aims to tackle the lack of visibility accountants have on their clients’ MTD VAT accounts. Sage has included the functionality within Sage Business Cloud Partner Edition.

By connecting directly to HMRC, the software compiles all the clients’ MTD for VAT accounts information irrespective of the bookkeeping solution used by the client, including payment and liability information for all clients.

The VAT Centre also works as a single point of authentication for agents, removing the need to log in to ASA for every client.

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Latest updates from BTCSoftware

BTCSoftware’s latest updates include enhancements for users of their practice management, accounts production, self assessment, corporate tax and MTD for VAT solutions. The following are some of the main additions:

  • PM Solution: Improvements to the client management experience and event management.
  • AP Solution: Updates to save time when producing accounts, including validation of the accounts to easily find and resolve general errors. New template search facility and improvements to templates.
  • SA Solution: Improvements to the user experience and additional functionality when preparing returns and using events.
  • CT Solution: Taxonomy updated to cater for periods ending on or after April 1st, 2019, new template search facility, and validation added for cells with general errors.
  • BTCHub: Print facility added to allow printing of VAT returns and submission receipts, possibility to file for a one-day VAT obligation period, and improved wording in the standard Excel template.

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Improved custom imports in Pandle

With the new update, Pandle has added a new layer of automation to detect what the example file columns are going to be used for and pre-populate them for users when they are creating their Custom Import formats.

Previously, Pandle would have required users to manually define each column from the imported file, which had the potential for users to select the wrong input.

Pandle will now recognise and automatically match the correct column with the correct input type from the ‘What Is This?’ column. It will also detect the format for each column wherever possible (such as the date format for example), reducing the potential for errors and speeding up the process of creating Custom File Import Formats.

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