Release Notes

1.7.1.2 (17/09/2019)

  • Added a warning window that appears when Easy MTD VAT is launched to notify users about scheduled downtime of the HMRC Making Tax Digital for VAT system. The window only appears if the current date is within the downtime period. Details and the period shown in the window reflect what is sent by HMRC to MTD for VAT software developers.

1.7.1.1 (11/09/2019)

  • Now uses the TLS v1.2 protocol to connect to the HMRC and Easy MTD VAT servers. This was updated as a result of a HMRC stipulation on 11/09/2019.

1.6.2.1 (10/09/2019)

  • To enable HMRC to grant authority to Easy MTD VAT and for Easy MTD VAT to retrieve VAT data and submit VAT returns when the computer it is installed on is connected to a proxy, a Proxy Settings window has been added. Here proxy settings such as server and port can be specified. The window is accessed by clicking the Proxy Settings option on the Help menu.
  • Changed the Account option on the Help menu to Account Login.
  • Stopped the Forgotten Password link text in the Account Login window from enlarging when it is hovered over.
  • Removed "Period From [date] To [date]" from the interface and replaced it with "Show HMRC VAT Data From [date] To [date]". This is to stop users confusing the dates with the period from and to dates of a VAT return, when in actuality the dates are provided to determine what open obligations, fulfilled obligations, payments and liabilities are shown in the interface.
  • Tooltip changes.

1.5.1.1 (31/08/2019)

  • Fixed an issue where only a forward slash (/) date separator was accepted for the From and To dates.
  • Fixed an issue where only dates in the format dd/mm/yyyy were accepted for the From and To dates.

1.4.1.6 (21/08/2019)

  • Changed the text in the Authorisation Error message box that can appear when you click the Get button. The text now explains why you could be seeing the error and how to recitify it, and provides buttons for granting authority to Easy MTD VAT and signing up to Making Tax Digital for VAT on the HMRC website.

1.4.1.5 (02/08/2019)

  • Fixed an issue where certain Easy MTD VAT windows (such as the Submit VAT return window where imported VAT figures appear) ended up behind the main Easy MTD VAT interface.

1.4.1.4 (31/07/2019)

  • Changed the way box 6, 7, 8 and 9 are imported from an Excel spreadsheet or CSV file. Now, instead of being rejected, if box 6, 7, 8 or 9 are not whole numbers (0 decimal places) they are rounded down to a whole number (i.e. the pence is removed) when imported into Easy MTD VAT. For example, if box 6 was 6788.66 it would be changed to 6788 when imported. To indicate a value has been changed to a whole number by Easy MTD VAT, it appears in orange in the Submit Spreadsheet window.
    NOTE: It is a stipulation of HMRC that boxes 6, 7, 8 and 9 must be whole numbers.

1.4.1.2 (08/07/2019)

  • Added Not Used checkboxes to the Spreadsheet Settings window for boxes 2, 8 and 9. This is for Excel spreadsheets that do not have associated cells defined due to EU figures not being applicable. If a checkbox is selected (ticked) then 0 is used for the associated box.
  • Added Calculate checkboxes to the Spreadsheet Settings window for boxes 3 and 5. This is for Excel spreadsheets that do not have associated cells defined. If a checkbox is selected (ticked) then the value of the associated box is calculated as per HMRC rules.
  • Changed the description of certain error messages and tooltips in the Spreadsheet Settings window so they are more intuitive.
  • Changed the default cell values in the Spreadsheet Settings window to A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8, A9.
  • After OK is clicked in the Spreadsheet Settings window, the spreadsheet values are automatically imported into the Submit VAT Return window if the Figures File is specified and valid.
  • When box 2, 8 and 9 have the Not Used setting enabled, the 0 value in the Submit VAT Return window appears in orange to indicate it has not been imported from the spreadsheet.
  • When box 3 and 5 have the Calculate setting enabled, the value in the Submit VAT Return window appears in orange to indicate it has been calculated and has not been imported from the spreadsheet.
  • Added a warning message to the Submission window if box 2, 3, 5, 8 and/or 9 values have been determined by Easy MTD VAT (i.e. associated Not Used and Calculate settings are enabled).
  • Changed the term Worksheet to Sheet throughout the Easy MTD VAT interface and documentation so it is consistent with the terminology used in Excel.
  • Changed certain error messages returned by HMRC so they are less technical and more comprehensible.
  • Added a Yes and No button to the warning window that appears after clicking the Get button when authority has not been granted to Easy MTD VAT. Before only an OK button was presented and the Authority window was always opened after it was clicked. The warning window also no longer appears following launch if authority is not already granted.

1.2.1.2 (12/06/2019)

  • Simplified the error message that appears if the Period To date is in the future.
  • Changed the way VAT figures are imported from an Excel spreadsheet in order to avoid errors caused by rounding.

1.2.1.1 (06/06/2019)

  • Changed the way the final part of authentication is handled. This is to avoid users with certain Windows setups being presented with a "This page can't be displayed" error and authentication of Easy MTD VAT failing.

1.1.1.12 (03/06/2019)

  • Changed the way Easy MTD VAT imports VAT figures from an Excel spreadsheet. Previously it imported the raw value contained in each cell. Now it imports the displayed value contained in each cell. For example, an Excel cell may contain a raw value of 23449.1245 but a displayed value of 23449.12 (i.e. the cell format is set to a Number and 2 decimal places). The 23449.12 value is now imported and not the 23449.1245 value.

1.1.1.11 (22/05/2019)

  • Changed the appearance of the Submit VAT Return window, View VAT Return window and the Spreadsheet Settings window.
  • Changed the "Submission Receipts" label in the View VAT Return window to "Submission Receipt".

1.1.1.10 (20/05/2019)

  • Changed the way VAT return submission receipt data is stored. Previously, submission receipt data was stored by default in C:\ProgramData\Easy MTD VAT\Clients.dat. This meant if you viewed a fulfilled obligation using Easy MTD VAT on a different PC/laptop to where the VAT return was submitted, or the Clients.dat file was deleted since submission, the data would be unavailable. Submission receipt data is now stored in the remote Fly Software database and assigned to the Fly Software account associated with the Easy MTD VAT installation. This means submission receipt data for VAT returns submitted by Easy MTD VAT can be viewed on any Easy MTD VAT installation that uses the same Fly Software account.
    If you have used an earlier release of Easy MTD VAT to submit a VAT return, you can get the associated submission receipt data added to your Fly Software account by adding Client.dat to a zip then emailing it and your account email to info@easymtdvat.com.
  • Added the VAT return box numbers to the Submit VAT Return window, Spreadsheet Settings window and View VAT Return window.
  • Restricted the number of characters that can be specified for the Client Reference (50), Agent Reference (50) and Additional Information (100).
  • Increased the default height of the Easy MTD VAT window so more rows of data can be seen.

1.1.1.9 (17/05/2019)

  • Fixed an issue where the VAT figure import was not dealing with calculated Excel cells.

1.1.1.8 (15/05/2019)

  • A window now appears when Easy MTD VAT is launched to remind users that they or their client(s) must be signed up for Making Tax Digital for VAT. This was added to avoid users thinking Easy MTD VAT was at fault when they were unable to submit VAT returns or view VAT obligations, liabilities and payments, when in fact the real cause was because they had not signed up for Making Tax Digital for VAT.

1.1.1.7 (09/05/2019)

  • The last client selected prior to exiting Easy MTD VAT is remembered and selected the next time Easy MTD VAT is launched. VAT obligations, liabilities and payments are also automatically displayed for the previously specified Period From and Period To dates.
  • Added Print, Email and Copy buttons to the View VAT Return window so the content of the window can be printed, emailed and copied to the Windows clipboard.

1.1.1.6 (30/04/2019)

  • Code signed the setup and runtime executables so you can be sure the code has not been tampered with and is officially created and supplied by Fly Software.

1.1.1.5 (24/04/2019)

  • Changed where the user is directed to when agreeing to update.

1.1.1.4 (10/04/2019)

Released