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Do I need to complete an EC Sales List after Brexit
For the export of goods or the supply of services made to EU businesses on or after 1 January 2021, you will not need to submit an EC Sales List (ESL). You will have until 21 January 2021 to submit ESLs for sales made before 1 January 2021. After this date, ESLs for GB traders will fail electronic...
rating 18 Mar, 2021 Views: 12122
What is the HMRC API?
When you authorise TaxCalc to connect to HMRC, we use a method of obtaining and submitting information called Application Programme Interface (APIs). The API approach will see HMRC: Promoting a ‘third-party software first’ approach for businesses and agents Giving greater access to APIs ...
rating 30 Mar, 2022 Views: 8612
64-8 Setup, Usage and Guidance
The below information will go through the process of applying for authorisation to act on behalf of your clients. The heading below will allow you to skip to the relevant section (if applicable): Completing the 64-8 form. What happens after successful activation of the 64-8? Potential issues...
rating 29 Mar, 2022 Views: 6648
How to comply with HMRC digital links requirements for MTD for VAT
For businesses mandated into Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT from April 2019, HMRC granted a twelve-month ‘soft landing period’ to allow businesses time to get their systems digitally linked so they are complying with the full MTD for VAT requirements. However, due to the impact of Coronavirus...
rating 08 Mar, 2022 Views: 5689
Common MTD VAT errors
When processing MTD VAT returns, there are 4 common errors that users may encounter. HMRC believe these 4 errors alone account for 90% of errors encountered by end users. The information relating to the errors and possible ways to resolve have been listed below. Error 8508 - The VRN specified...
rating 23 Mar, 2021 Views: 5688
1046 Authentication error for VAT Filer
If you receive this error message it means that one of the following is incorrect: HMRC user ID HMRC password VAT Registration number Check HMRC gateway account, the postcode of the client is the same as in TaxCalc. If you are an agent, is there an 64-8 in place for the client? Also,...
rating 17 Oct, 2019 Views: 5040
403 Error when attempting to fetch for MTD VAT returns
The 403 error message is broken in to two parts. 403 error (Client or Agent not authorised) or 403 (Forbidden) TAX_PERIOD_NOT_ENDED If you are receiving the 403 error (Client or Agent not authorised), there are multiple reasons this error can be returned but HMRCs investigations have shown...
rating 01 Aug, 2019 Views: 4436
TaxCalc and Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT
From 1st April 2019, it became mandatory for businesses with a turnover of over £85,000 to submit their VAT Returns to HMRC via the new MTD online services. From 8 April 2021 businesses will no longer be able to use third party software to file non-MTD VAT Returns. To avoid disruption to your...
rating 23 Mar, 2021 Views: 2864
Importing Data to VAT Filer from Microsoft Excel
VAT Filer continues to support importing Excel files with an extension of .xlsx and now supports xlsm, but files with an extension of .xls can no longer be imported directly. Users who have Excel 2007 or later can re-save the spreadsheet with an xlsx extension. Users with a pre-2007 version of...
rating 24 Feb, 2020 Views: 2819
MTD VAT Video Tutorial for Agents.
With Making Tax Digital for VAT now in place, the below video is a walkthrough on how to use your existing VAT Filer product for MTD VAT submissions. From April 2021, we have updated functionality to allow creation of an MTD period manually, before using the Fetch or Filing process to verify the...
rating 23 Mar, 2021 Views: 2811
VAT Filer for agents- How to send to and retrieve data from HMRC
What are APIs? HMRC have provided a method of obtaining information relevant to VAT Returns called Application Program Interfaces or APIs. This is the second part of their overall Digital transformation project known as Making Tax Digital (MTD). What data can be requested from HMRC? This...
rating 08 Mar, 2022 Views: 2654
Error 500 (Internal Server Error) when fetching for MTD VAT Returns
When trying to Fetch Periods in VAT Filer in some cases you may receive an error message: '500 Internal Server Error'. HMRC’s guidance on error codes advises that any 500 codes (500 to 599) is an issue from HMRCs server as per the below extract: Errors We use standard HTTP status codes to...
rating 01 Aug, 2019 Views: 2419
TaxCalc bookkeeping spreadsheet transaction templates for MTD
To assist you with complying with digital links for MTD reporting, we have produced spreadsheet templates for recording transactions and summarising totals. The totals can then be imported by VAT Filer (for quarterly MTD VAT return submissions) and will be ready to use with Business Filer (for...
rating 29 Sep, 2022 Views: 1905
EC Sales List - Invalid VAT Registration Number
If you are using TaxCalc to file an EC Sales List VAT return and are receiving an error about the VAT Registration Number (VRN) being invalid, you will need to check that the VRN has been placed into TaxCalc in the correct format. Please note, if you are getting this error message for MTD VAT,...
rating 01 Aug, 2019 Views: 1870
Can I file an EC Sales List return for my client?
You can file an EC Sales List (ESL) return through VAT Filer as long as you're authorised to act as the agent for this. To appoint an agent, the client will need to follow these steps: Register for the ESL service. Log on to the HMRC Online Services. Appoint the agent using the Agent...
rating 30 Jan, 2015 Views: 1736

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