MTD (Making Tax Digital) Overview

After MTD for VAT has been implemented, MTD for income tax (for the self-employed and those with income from property) and MTD for corporation tax are expected to follow, but not before April 2020 at the earliest.

From 01 April 2019 all VAT registered businesses and organisations with taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will be required to:

. Maintain their accounting records digitally in a software product or spread sheet.

. Submit their VAT returns to HMRC using a functional compatible software product that can access HMRC’s API (Application Program Interfaces) platform.

Businesses that meet the above criteria will need to acquire a suitable commercial software product or appoint an agent to submit returns to HMRC on their behalf.

Will I be affected ?

The MTD for VAT requirements will apply to all VAT registered businesses and organisations with turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000. This includes unincorporated businesses, partnerships, companies, LLPs, trusts, non-UK businesses registered for UK VAT and charities. VAT registered businesses with turnover below the VAT threshold can opt in to MTD and file their VAT returns using MTD compatible software but there is no obligation to do so.

 

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