URGENT IMPORTANT NEWS 19/07/2019 Benjamin Leigh For those of you with an April to June VAT Quarter, time is running out to submit your first Making Tax Digital for VAT Return (if you have not already done so). If you have not yet signed up for Making Tax Digital for VAT, please contact us as a matter of urgency. Failure to act within the required time may result in penalties for Non-Compliance. BE AWARE: The full HMRC sign-up process can take a number of weeks to complete! https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-SNiP-users.pdf https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-Chancellor-users.pdf https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-Chancellor-users.pdf Making Tax Digital - Essential Information IMPORTANT - URGENT - IMPORTANT - URGENT 03/07/2019 Simon Fisher By now, you should have completed your transition to Making Tax Digital for VAT. If you have not, please contact us as a matter of urgency. Failure to act within the required time may result in penalties for Non-Compliance. BE AWARE: The full HMRC sign-up process can take a number of weeks to complete! https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-SNiP-users.pdf https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-Chancellor-users.pdf https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-Chancellor-users.pdf Making Tax Digital - Essential Information Postcode Lookups 21/06/2019 Nick Neale Heres an overview of the Postcode Lookup module. Wherever you would normally enter an address in the system, you simply enter the postcode, and click search. From a Royal Mail web service (updated daily), the system will pull through all the valid addresses within that postcode for you to select the right one. You don't have to manually enter in the address, saving you time and ensuring data accuracy. Contact Support if you would like to know more. https://benchmark-software.co.uk/ Benchmark Software Looking after your data 11/06/2019 Benjamin Leigh If you don't already, now is a perfect time to ensure your digital data is automatically backed up safely and securely. Benchmark's FREE Automatic Backup Utility will do this for you, and also email you to let you know. It can also upload the backups off-site to cloud locations. In conjunction with your manual backup processes, it is easier than ever to ensure your data is safe and secure. Contact support who can install and setup the Benchmark Backup Utility for you. https://benchmark-software.co.uk/ Benchmark Software Making Tax Digital for VAT 10/05/2019 Benjamin Leigh The new simple way to submit your VAT Return: Tree Menu-> System-> Utilities-> Making Tax Digital for VAT Select the 'Submit VAT Return' tab Choose the VAT Period to submit Check the VAT Return Figures for the selected Period Print Audit Reports (optional) Tick 'Confirm Declaration' Click 'Submit VAT Return' Don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. www.benchmark-software.co.uk Benchmark Software Ltd Benchmark RSS News Feed 01/05/2019 Benjamin Leigh Welcome to Benchmarks RSS News Feed. It gets populated from a feed on Benchmark's website. This allows us to keep our customers up-to-date with the latest Benchmark Software news. Keep checking here to find out about version releases, system features, and other information that might be of use to you. www.benchmark-software.co.uk Benchmark Software Ltd Making Tax Digital for VAT 17/04/2019 Benjamin Leigh Just a reminder about Making Tax Digital for VAT... The switchover begins with your final pre-Making Tax Digital VAT Period, so if you have any questions whatsoever, don't hesitate to give us a ring. Don't forget: there is a link below to download a step-by-step checklist. https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-SNiP-users.pdf https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-Chancellor-users.pdf https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-Chancellor-users.pdf Making Tax Digital - Essential Information Making Tax Digital for VAT 01/04/2019 Benjamin Leigh IMPORTANT REMINDER: DO NOT sign up for Making Tax Digital until after you have submitted your final pre-Making Tax Digital VAT Return. Below is the link to essential information outlining what you will need to do to switch over in the software. https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-SNiP-users.pdf https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-Chancellor-users.pdf https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-Chancellor-users.pdf Making Tax Digital - Essential Information Nominal Advanced Period Issue 25/03/2019 Benjamin Leigh In version 4.01.1, there is a bug in the Nominal - Utilities - Advance Period program that allows the user to advance from period 12 to period 13. We have updated the system to stop this from happening and will be updating our users, but please be aware that when you are in Nominal Period 12, you MUST use the Year End Update routine to advance to Period 1. Also, you can find below a link to our “Making Tax Digital for VAT - Essential information” document. If you are not yet on version 4.01.1, please contact us asap. https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-SNiP-users.pdf https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-Chancellor-users.pdf https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-Chancellor-users.pdf Making Tax Digital - Essential Information Making Tax Digital For VAT- Essential Information 21/03/2019 Jack Barrett Please find below a link to our “Making Tax Digital for VAT - Essential information” document. We strongly recommend that you print and read it as a matter of urgency.(The final section contains a step-by-step checklist). If you then have any questions whatsoever, please contact us asap. If you haven’t already done so; please arrange a time with Software Support to update to the required version 4.01.1 of Software. This is critical – please don’t leave it too late. https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-SNiP-users.pdf https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Making-Tax-Digital-for-VAT-Essential-information-for-Chancellor-users.pdf Making Tax Digital - Essential Information Making Tax Digital Information 15/03/2019 Jack Barrett Benchmark will be emailing all of our customers in the coming days with additional information about Making Tax Digital for VAT. If you have not yet received an update to the software and your VAT Return period ends in March, please contact us. KEY NOTE: Please DO NOT sign up for Making Tax Digital on the HMRC website until AFTER you have submitted your final pre Making Tax Digital VAT Return. https://benchmark-software.co.uk/ Benchmark Software Making Tax Digital for VAT (MTDfV) 08/03/2019 Benjamin Leigh The new version of SNiP and Chancellor (version 3.08.7) will be released on Monday. This contains all required Making Tax Digital for VAT functionality. Important: DO NOT sign up to Making Tax Digital for VAT through HMRCs website until you have submitted your final Pre-MTDfV VAT Return. This will likely be on or after 1st April - please contact Software Support if you have any questions. We will be contacting you next week to arrange installation of the new version. https://benchmark-software.co.uk/ Benchmark Software New Benchmark CRM Software 27/02/2019 Jack Barrett Benchmark has a new cloud based Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Package, giving you access to all of your customer information from your office, home, mobile phone or tablet. The software is still being developed however the basic features are now available. This includes; Customer creation with multiple contacts, Multi-level classification of each record, and a history section for recording information . Please get in touch to find out more and look at a demo. https://benchmark-software.co.uk/ Benchmark Software New Cloud Accounts System 20/02/2019 Benjamin Leigh Benchmark is in the process of writing a brand new cloud based accounting system. The system will be built using SQL Server technology, which is faster and more 'scalable'. Writing this program from scratch is a big task and therefore we anticipate the release of a core package within the next couple of years. However, for anyone interested we should have a simple demo available for customers to view and use towards the end of 2019. Please get in touch if you have some ideas for the new accounts system. https://benchmark-software.co.uk/ Benchmark Software Data Backups 11/02/2019 Benjamin Leigh We like to stress the importance of data backups. From being able to see a statement of accounts from 6 years ago, to hard drive failures, corruptions or viruses, there are always reasons to take backups. Especially off-sight backups. Benchmark has a free backup program for your accounting data to work in conjunction with your existing backup routine. It can also handle uploading to cloud (ftp) locations as well. Contact support who can install and setup the Benchmark Backup Routine for you. https://benchmark-software.co.uk/ Benchmark Software Benchmark is now HMRC Recognised 31/01/2019 Nick Neale Benchmark Software is now on the list of HMRC recognised software vendors that support Making Tax Digital (MTD). This means our software meets the requirements for digital record keeping, submitting VAT Returns, and viewing VAT Returns, liabilities and payments, in-line with HMRC requirements. Click the link below to visit HMRCs Software List for further information. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/software-for-sending-income-tax-updates HMRC Software Suppliers for sending VAT Returns Accounts Package Features 25/01/2019 Jack Barrett We won’t try to sell you something you don’t need, but as your business grows, our software will grow with you. We listen to our clients and constantly update our software to make sure it does exactly what you want. That’s why we have produced two accounting packages, Core and Advanced; together with a range of add-ons, so no matter how big or small your business, we have a package that will suit you perfectly. Click the link below to visit the Benchmark Accounting Software Comparison Table. https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/trade-counter-software/accounting-software-comparisons/ Accounting Software Comparisons Benchmark Source 15 Newsletter 18/01/2019 Jack Barrett Benchmark’s newest edition of the Source newsletter is now available for everyone to view. The Source newsletter includes the latest projects that we have been working on and future software features that you should know about. Most notably in this version of the newsletter we explain a bit about the Making Tax Digital for VAT changes that will be added to our software to be compatible. Click the link below to visit the Benchmark News Letter webpage. https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/news/benchmark-source-15-newsletter/ Benchmark Source 15 Newsletter Stock Taking Module 11/01/2019 Benjamin Leigh An accurate stock count is essential in business. It means staff won’t waste time looking for out of stock items; it ensures Sales Orders can be fulfilled and helps with planning deliveries, improving stock ordering accuracy and delivery costs… the list goes on and on. Our software offers multiple ways to perform stock takes, using portable scanners or the ease of Excel to record current levels and update your records quickly and efficiently. Call us to have a chat about the Stock Taking Addon. www.benchmark-software.co.uk Benchmark Software Ltd Making Tax Digital (MTD) 02/01/2019 Jack Barrett From 1 April 2019, Businesses whose taxable turnover exceeds the VAT registration threshold will no longer be able to use manual records to record and submit their VAT returns. Although the functionality is not required until 1st April 2019, Benchmark’s HMRC-approved MTD accounting software will be available soon for initial installation by customers. For more information, click on the link below to view our Making Tax Digital web page, or contact us on 01458 444010. https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/news/making-tax-digital-for-vat/ Benchmark's Making Tax Digital for VAT Seasons Greetings 24/12/2018 Benjamin Leigh All of us at Benchmark Software would like to wish our customers a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. Although the Benchmark office is now closed until Wednesday, January 2nd 2019, you can still contact Software Support on 01458 444014 for any major issues. If no-one answers straight away, leave your name, company, and telephone number and someone will get back to you. www.benchmark-software.co.uk Benchmark Software Ltd Point-of-sale Card Machines 13/12/2018 Benjamin Leigh Our point-of-sale (EPOS) software can now integrate with Paymentsense card machines. This means it can automatically populate the value and receive payment from your customers. Paymentsense are a UK-based company providing various payment solutions, including card machines and online payment processing. We have found them very competitive, often having if you transfer from another supplier. If you are thinking about getting a card machine, or switching to a cheaper provider that integrates with our software, get in touch. www.benchmark-software.co.uk Benchmark Software Ltd General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 05/12/2018 Benjamin Leigh With the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), you may need to get consent from your customers and potential customers for you to contact them. Our straightforward web service makes confirming their preferences as simple and painless as possible. For more information, visit our GDPR website below. www.gdprconfirm.co.uk Benchmark GDPR Web Service Accounts Version 3.08.6 Released 27/11/2018 Benjamin Leigh The latest version of the Accounts package has just been released. One of the main updates is to CPOS Linked Products. The user can now search for a product code, with a new option that will display the linked products in the same search. Click on the link below to download the full list of system changes, and contact Software Support to organise an update. www.benchmark-software.co.uk/downloads/AccountsLVUpdates.pdf Accounts Version Update List Making Tax Digital for VAT 09/11/2018 Benjamin Leigh Benchmark's accounting software will be fully compatible with the new 'Making Tax Digital for VAT' regulations. For more information, click on the link below to view our Making Tax Digital web page, or contact us on 01458 444010. https://www.benchmark-software.co.uk/news/making-tax-digital-for-vat/ Benchmark's Making Tax Digital for VAT Free Backup Program 30/10/2018 Jack Barrett To supplement your existing backup routine, we have developed a FREE program that allows Benchmark Database files to be automatically backed-up at a specific time of any day/week/month, either to a local drive or to the Cloud for extra off site security. A log is continuously updated with the option to automatically email the details of backup success, warnings or failure to up to 2 email accounts. Contact Software Support for more information. https://benchmark-software.co.uk/ Benchmark Software SOP - Purchase Ordering 18/10/2018 Benjamin Leigh New functionality in SOP allows automatic generation of purchase orders (from multiple suppliers) if the items are not in stock, and have them delivered to either store for delivery, to site, as a supplier pickup, or a store pickup. When goods are marked received through Goods Inwards, the system can handle the allocation and delivery based on the Delivery settings above (i.e. Direct to Site will automatically mark the Sales Order line as Delivered). Requiring SOP and POP, this functionality can be found via SOP - Maintenance - Generate POs https://benchmark-software.co.uk/ Benchmark Software Accounts Version 3.08.5 Released 04/10/2018 Benjamin Leigh The latest version of the Accounts package has just been released. This contains new features such as the ability to quickly view Outstanding invoices when a user logs in, and screen designs for Customer Maintenance and Sales Order Maintenance. Click on the link below to download the full list of system changes, and contact Software Support to organise an update. www.benchmark-software.co.uk/downloads/AccountsLVUpdates.pdf Accounts Version Update List New Benchmark News Feed 26/09/2018 Jack Barrett Benchmark has introduced a new way to communicate with our customers using the new RSS Logon screen. This will allow us to inform you of the latest Benchmark and Software News. www.benchmark-software.co.uk Benchmark Software Ltd Making Tax Digital (MTD) 26/09/2018 Benjamin Leigh From 1 April 2019, Businesses whose taxable turnover exceeds the VAT registration threshold will no longer be able to use manual records to record and submit their VAT returns. A HMRC-approved MTD version of Benchmark’s accounting software will be available early next year for initial installation by customers, although the functionality is not required until 1st April 2019. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss Making Tax Digital for VAT or click the link below for further information from HMRC https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/making-tax-digital HMRC Overview of Making Tax Digital Benchmark Web Design 07/07/2017 Simon Harvey In response to requests from clients, we have taken on an experienced web developer and now offer professional website design alongside our existing business software packages. To find out more visit the link below https://benchmarkwebdesign.co.uk/ Benchmark Web Design 3085 20190109134800 Benjamin Leigh A patch is available for the current version of your software. Update to Making Tax Digital for VAT - Change to HMRC Website Details You can update the software via the button below. If you have any issues, please contact Software Support. 3086 20190305141800 Benjamin Leigh 0 A patch is available for the current version of your software. Update to Making Tax Digital for VAT - Change to HMRC Website Details Please contact Software Support on 01458 444014. 3084 20190109134800 Benjamin Leigh A patch is available for the current version of your software. Updates to SOP Maintenance Screen - Issue causing different SO lines to be come merged You can update the software via the button below. If you have any issues, please contact Software Support. 3081 20190122134800 Jack Barrett A patch is available for the current version of your software. STUFF and THINGS You can update the software via the button below. If you have any issues, please contact Software Support.