STOP PRESS: VAT Registered Sage 50 Accounts users need to upgrade

We have been very busy here at the CSSCloud Sage Solution Centre in Lowestoft since the merger in July. Many ‘ex-Cloud’ customers have been taking advantage of the 28 years of Sage experience we have to bring to their business. If you have been meaning to contact us but haven’t yet made it a priority, we have some news which might mean this is the right time for you to pick up the phone or e-mail us.  Read on …

What is changing?

The Government Gateway is changing on 14 February – yes this February – which means that only v24 of Sage 50 accounts will be able to submit VAT and CIS returns!  Note that this also affects EC Sales Lists and CIS Subcontractor Validations.

What does this mean to me?

If you are on our Gold or Gold24 CSSCloud Sage Support contracts you can rest easy, as this change will be managed by us as usual with no extra cost to you. Clare or Michael will be in touch over the coming fortnight to co-ordinate the installation of any software upgrade required in the new year.

If you are on our Silver or Standard CSSCloud Sage Telephone Support contracts, then again Michael or Clare will be in touch to explain the discounted options open to you.

However, if you are not on one of our contracts at the moment we would love to help.

Please call us direct on 01502 574216 or e-mail and Rachel or Clare will take some key information from you to enable us to give you detailed options on upgrading your software to v24, or you can call your usual CSSCloud contact and they will put you through.

So do I have to upgrade just for this?

In addition to the legislation changes, there have been many improvements in the Sage 50 Software over recent years.   One key thing is that it runs a lot faster!  But also it has great integration with Microsoft Outlook and Office 365, can process corrections to data without everyone logging out, allows corrections to and even deletions of Journals, live bank integration saving time on bank reconciliations – and lots more reasons to upgrade.

Can’t I just carry on using my old software?

Yes you can, but you will have to be prepared to log on to the Gateway and manually input the figures from your current software. However, you will be hearing a lot more in the coming months about MTD (Making Tax Digital) which comes in force April 2019.

From that point, all VAT registered businesses will need to submit additional information with every return to HMRC, including all the transactions which make up those figures.  Sage 50 Accounts v24 already has this capability and so by upgrading you will be able to tick another box that your business is MTD ready.

Remember CSSCloud Sage Solution Centre has 28 years of Sage Experience helping businesses with their Sage Accounts and Payroll software.  We can advise how to get the best out of your software, train you and your staff, install the software on your system (not just give you a download to get on with!) and be there at the end of the phone or on your premises providing LOCAL SAGE SUPPORT.

PS We will never be beaten by Sage on price!  So buy with confidence from the largest specialist Sage 50 Business Partner in East Anglia and get the added advantage of local support and advice.

Ring us now on 01502 574216 or e-mail

Michael Cole – Head of CSSCloud Sage Solution Centre

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