Welcome to Neilson James Technology

Neilson James Technology (NJT), based in South Manchester, is a provider of software applications and a wide range of IT support services. NJT has extensive experience in the development of customised Microsoft Office based applications. In particular, development of Excel based applications that interact with accounts software.

NJT also possesses a wealth of operational, technical & project management experience within Government agencies & the IT industry spanning over 3 decades. This includes the Magistrates' Courts Service and commerical software suppliers.


Making Tax Digital (MTD)

MTD for VAT will come into effect from April 2019. From that date, Taxpayers with a turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will have to keep their records digitally (for VAT purposes only), and Provide their VAT return information to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) through MTD compatible software. Although HMRC has stated that some of the more complex businesses will not be mandated until October 2019.

Businesses and Agents can volunteer to signup to MTD before April 2019 under the 'MTD-VAT' Pilot.

There will be a 'Soft Landing' period for at least 12 months, from the date of mandation, whereby HMRC will not impose financial penalties against those Taxpayers that do not fully comply with the legistlation, specifically, the digital links (See rule 3 below).

For information, HMRC currently has no plans to introduce a mandatory requirement to submit transaction level data (Supplemental information). Therefore, Taxpayers only need to submit VAT Returns that contain the 9-box totals.

For information, MTD for Income Tax will not be mandated until 2020, at the earliest.

Terminology: Throughout this website, the generic term 'Taxpayer' covers to all types of Taxpayer, including Businesses, Limited Companies and Individuals.

Clarification on the Use of MTD Bridging Software

There appears to be some confusion amongst certain circles regarding both the Acceptability and Lifespan of Bridging Software.

Acceptability & Lifespan

For the avoidance of doubt, the HMRC VAT Notice 700/22 (see link below) explicitly defines Bridging software as 'Functional compatible software' and is therefore a perfectly acceptable method of submitting, MTD compliant, VAT Returns to HMRC. Bridging software is NOT just a interim solution as some people are advocating.

The VAT Notice defines 'Functional compatible software' as a software program, or a set of software programs, products or applications. Therefore it is perfectly acceptable to use one software program to keep your accounts records (This includes spreadsheets) and a separate software program (Bridging software) to submit your VAT Return. The only stipulation is that you must transfer the data digitally.

The confusion is actually related to the rules governing the transfer of data between the accounts software and the Bridging software (Digital Links).
Again for the avoidance of doubt, the NJT Bridging software supports the, MTD compliant, digital transfer of data from a variety of accounts software and formats.

HMRC is adopting what is called a 'Soft Landing' for a period of 12 months from the date of your mandation, during which you are allowed to transfer data manually. For example, if you are mandated on 1st April 2019, then you must transfer data digitally from 1st April 2020.


[Click Here] HMRC VAT Notice 700/22: Making Tax Digital for VAT


The 3 Golden Rules of MTD for VAT
  1. Accounts Records: Your accounts records must be kept digitally for Tax purposes using 'Functional compatible software'.
    This includes all transactions that are required to calculate the 9-box totals in your VAT Return. For information, records kept within Spreadsheets are classified as digital records.

  2. VAT Returns: Your VAT Return must be submitted using 'Functional compatible software'.
    HMRC only requires your VAT Return submission to include the 9-box totals (Not the transactions).
    For information, HMRC has no current plans to introduce a mandatory requirement to submit transaction level data (Supplemental information).

  3. Digital Links: Following the 'Soft Landing' period, all data must be transferred digitally between 'Functional compatible software'.
    • Exporting & Importing digital files, for example, (Text, CSV & Excel files) are all acceptable.
    • Linked cells in spreadsheets are acceptable.
    • The emailing of Digital files between the different software applications is acceptable.
    • The use of 'Copy & Paste' is only acceptable where controlled by the software (For example, via buttons).
    • Manual entry of data is not acceptable, unless for purposes outside the scope of MTD. However, the data must be transferred digitally.

MTD VAT 'Live' Bridging Software

NJT offers a 'Bridging' software solution, named the 'NJT VAT Return Manager (MTD)', for submitting MTD compliant VAT Returns to HMRC.
HMRC refer to this as 'Bridging software' as it's function is to provide an MTD compliant digital link between your accounting software and the HMRC system.

Prepared VAT Returns can be imported from a variety of formats and systems, including Excel, CSV files, Infor SyteLine, IRIS, More, Money Manager, Pegasus Opera I, Quickbooks, Sage, SAP, Solar, Tally, TAS, VT & Xero.
Please Note: Additional systems will be considered on a request basis. However, Systems will require the facility to export VAT Returns to either a Text based file or an Excel file, in a consistent format and layout.

Compatibility (All NJT Software):

The software is compatible with Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Excel.
The software is Not compatible with Mac Office/Excel, OpenOffice or LibreOffice.
For further information see the 'View the minimum system requirements.' link below.

Applicable For:
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MTD VAT 'Demonstration' Bridging Software

For information, before you can use the 'Live' bridging software, you first need to sign up to MTD. This is because HMRC require that you 'Grant Authority' (Authorise the software), using your MTD account.
Consequently, it is difficult to obtain a practical understanding of how the 'Live' software works, prior to siging up to MTD.

NJT has therefore developed 'Free' demonstration software, named the 'NJT VAT Return Demo (MTD)', that simulates the 'Live' bridging software.

This demonstration software allows you to simulate the full 'End to End' process without being signed up to MTD. This is a perfectly safe method to familiarise yourself with the functionality of the 'Live' software without actually communicating with HMRC. Additionally, you may wish to use this software to assist in training or to improve understanding of the required processes under MTD.

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Income Tax (MTD) - Development

Initial high-level development has commenced to provide a solution for Self Assessment Tax submissions. A Demonstration version is planned for release in April/May 2019. Initial thoughts indicate that a new combined solution will be developed, covering both VAT and Self Assessment.

For information, HMRC has announced that the live MTD Income Tax system will be mandated no earlier that 2020. The first mandated phase is 'Self Assessment', which will include Self-Employed 'Businesses' and Self-Employed 'UK Property Businesses'.


Featured Products

VAT Return Demo (MTD) V3.0 VAT Return Manager (MTD) V3.0 Bank Assistant V10.5
Free of Charge Single licences start from £36 per year
Agency licences start from £40 per year
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Prices start from £96 per year
The free 'NJT VAT Return Demo (MTD)' software is a simulation version of the live 'NJT VAT Return Manager (MTD)' software and is available to download from this site.

This software allows you to simulate the full 'End to End' process without being signed up to MTD.

This is a perfectly safe method to familiarise yourself with the functionality of the 'Live' software' without actually communicating with HMRC.

Additionally, you may wish to use this software to assist in training or to improve understanding of the required processes under MTD.
'Live' MTD compliant VAT Return 'Bridging' software, within a Microsoft Excel workbook, that provides a quick and secure online filing of the 9-Box VAT Returns to HMRC.

Prepared VAT Returns can be imported directly from:
∇ VT Transaction+ or VT Cashbook
Note: VT works with Excel 32-bit only.

∇ An Excel workbook or a CSV text file
∇ An Access exported file in Excel format

Also, prepared VAT Returns can be imported via files exported from the following systems:
∇ Infor CloudSuite Industrial (SyteLine) and SyteLine
∇ IRIS
∇ More
∇ Money Manager 6
∇ Pegasus Opera I
∇ QuickBooks
∇ Sage 50, 200 & Instant Accounts
∇ SAP Business One & SAP ERP
∇ Solar Accounts
∇ Tally.ERP9
∇ TAS Books
∇ Xero
A Microsoft Excel application that provides a structured approach to achieve a bank reconciliation, driven by downloaded bank statement.

This product is designed as a companion application for use with 'VT Transaction+' and 'VT Cash Book' book keeping packages.
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'NJT VAT Return Manager (MTD)' example screenshot


MTD Dashboard Example