UK VAT making tax digital API

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UK VAT making tax digital API

Postby Lupin » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:41 am

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Resent (BADLY planned) changes to UK VAT system mean we now need to use API to submit VAT tax figures. Seen new plug in for "Microsoft Excel 2013, 2016, 2019 for Windows, Excel 2016, 2019 for Mac, Office 365, Office Online and Excel for the iPad." available. I use simple double entry book keeping on OpenOffice and maybe forced to change.
Does OpenOffice have similar plug in available?
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Re: UK VAT making tax digital API

Postby robleyd » Tue Apr 16, 2019 10:50 am

Try your luck on the OpenOffice Extensions site: a quick search on UK VAT and Tax didn't find anything - you may have more success with an in depth search.
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Re: UK VAT making tax digital API

Postby keme » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:35 am

Checked the revenue service page about working software.
There seems to be a few free (e.g. Portico) and reasonably priced (e.g. 123sheets) solutions.
When someone offers stuff for free, you should ask yourself "why?". Read the user agreement carefully.

Some providers claim to cater for "any business with spreadsheet-based accounting", whereas the download page clearly states that "this will only work in MS Excel/Windows". So there!
Mind you, I didn't check all the listed entries.

Strange that there is no provision for submitting online by forms designed like old-school paper forms, but that's the situation it seems.
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Re: UK VAT making tax digital API

Postby Lupin » Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:47 am

Original system was simple. Secure web page on revenue web site with boxes you just filled in. But part of the change is revenue does not liked re-keyed data and wants submition digital.
With re-keying in mind new system does seem to be any better, example here of Excel plug-in (https://vitaltax.uk). Which shows plug-in used with normal spreadsheet and told which cells to use for data. Which means anything can be keyed into previous cells (Dumb).

Sadly as I have already said new system badly planned, not allowing for small business owners or tax payers without regular access to Internet (e.g. farmers).
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Re: UK VAT making tax digital API

Postby keme » Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:53 pm

Lupin wrote:...
not allowing for small business owners or tax payers without regular access to Internet (e.g. farmers).

... er... well ... there seems to be a loophole. You can apply for exemption for various reasons. Among those are:
  • Where you live, (may apply to your mention of farmers).
  • Not using the internet for religious reasons. (you could always state such religious beliefs, but then you may need to cover your tracks toward this place.)
Good luck!
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