Troubleshoot Making Tax Digital Error Messages

Updated Feb 15th, 2021

Who is this guide for?

Accounts Users and Accounts Supervisors

If you are trying to submit your VAT return via MTD but are receiving an error message refer to the following.

Government Gateway Window does not pop up when clicking New VAT Submission

If it is your first MTD submission using Osprey, or you have recently cleared your HMRC access token, and the Government Gateway window does not pop up, please check that your browser allows pop ups, and that if you are using any browser add-ins, such as the Google Toolbar, these are also not blocking pop ups. If the window still does not pop up, your URL may not have been added to our Site Router database, so please contact support.

The provided Vrn is invalid

HMRC does not recognise your VAT Registration Number. In the screen shot above we can see that the VAT Number has spaces in it. Please check that you have entered the correct VAT Registration Number, with no spaces or other characters, for your branch as follows:

  • Supervisor > System Setup > Branches.
  • Right click each of your branches in turn and select Edit.
  • Amend the VAT number shown below, ensuring it has no leading or trailing spaces, nor any spaces within the number itself, and that it is the correct VRN for your firm.

The client and/or agent is not authorised

Possible causes:

  1. You have not registered with HMRC for MTD. Osprey can only be used to submit your VAT returns electronically if you have registered with HMRC. Please follow the link here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/sign-your-business-up-for-making-tax-digital-for-vat to sign your business up for MTD.
  2. Your Osprey stored HMRC access token is not correct. This contains your user name/password combination to login to your firm’s Government Gateway Account. Please delete your HMRC access token from User Profile and try again:

a. In the top right hand corner of Osprey, click the User Profile icon:

b. Scroll down to the HMRC Access Token area, and click Delete HMRC Access Token:

Once you have completed the steps above, try the submission again, ensuring that you have entered the credentials supplied to you by HMRC.

Invalid Authentication information provided

Your Osprey stored HMRC access token is not correct. This contains your user name/password combination to login to your firm’s Government Gateway Account. Please delete your HMRC access token from User Profile and try again:

a. In the top right hand corner of Osprey, click the User Profile icon:

b. Scroll down to the HMRC Access Token area, and click Delete HMRC Access Token:

Once you have completed the steps above, try the submission again, ensuring that you have entered the credentials supplied to you by HMRC.

Please enter a valid ‘From’ date / Please enter a valid ‘To’ date

The From and/or To date entered for the start and end of your VAT quarter have been entered incorrectly. Please use English date format dd/MM/yyyy using / to separate the dates, not full stop. Example of incorrect entries below.

The remote endpoint has indicated that no data can be found

When clicking List Obligations

Possible causes are either:

  • The HMRC Making Tax Digital portal is down – you can check your Government Gateway account to see messages relating to maintenance of the MTD system.
  • You have entered incorrect period start and end dates.
  • You are submitting before HMRC expect you to. Please try again later.

When Clicking List Liabilities

Ensure that you have selected a period for which you have already submitted a VAT return.

When Clicking List Payments

Ensure that you have selected a period for which you have paid your VAT.

The value must be in pounds (no pence)

When amending figures on the VAT return form, once you have entered the amendment figure (e.g. to decrease a figure by £100.10, you have entered £-100.10), the following message appears:

As per the requirements set out by HMRC, certain boxes on the VAT form are populated with whole figures only, so no pence should be included. You should enter the amount of the amendment, preceded by a minus sign if you are reducing a figure, to the nearest whole number.

The ‘organisations/vat’ API is currently unavailable

When selecting the VAT number, From and To Dates and then clicking List Obligations you receive this message:

This means that the HMRC portal is currently unavailable. Please try again later, or contact HMRC for further assistance.