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Making Tax Digital - What You Need To Know For April 2019

08-Nov-2018

What is Making Tax Digital?

 

MTD is part of the UK government’s plan to use computer systems to help make the tax administration system more effective and efficient. Businesses and individuals are being encouraged to make use of software available to reduce the amount of paper returns.

 

Who will it affect?

 

The idea is to introduce both businesses and individuals to the digital systems slowly with a phased introduction. Businesses are already filing some returns such as PAYE and NI through the RTI system and Corporation Tax returns through HMRC software.

 

When will I need to start complying with MTD?

 

MTD will initially be applicable for VAT. Any business above the VAT threshold of £85,000 turnover must file a VAT return. Any VAT period starting on or after 01 April 2019 must be recorded digitally and filed following MTD VAT rules.

 

What if I am voluntarily registered for VAT but not above the VAT threshold?

 

If you are below the VAT threshold but VAT registered the MTD rules will NOT apply as of 01 April 2019 but will be phased in later. You could, however, still choose to use the system voluntarily from 01 April 2019.

 

Can I use HMRC software for MTD?

 

No. HMRC have not developed any software for MTD. In order to submit your VAT return post 01 April 2019 you will need to use commercial software with the capability of communicating directly with HMRC’s interface. Your accountant should be able to record and submit the information as your agent on your behalf.

 

What will I need to do?

 

You will need to maintain your accounting records digitally in a software product or spreadsheet. Maintaining paper records will cease to meet the legal requirements in tax legislation. The VAT return will need to be submitted to HMRC using a compatible software. The option to type numbers into the HMRC return online will no longer be available. Foremans will continue to record and submit VAT compliantly for our clients.

 

Are there any other changes to the VAT legislation?

 

No. There are no other changes to VAT. The VAT return will contain the same nine boxes that it currently does. The current filing and payment deadlines have not changed.

 

 

When will other taxes be affected?

 

Income Tax and Corporation Tax will be affected from April 2020 at the earliest. Further details have still to be announced

 

Want to know more? Telephone our Accountancy Partner, Foremans LLP, for a no-obligation discussion about your circumstances:

 

01244 625 500


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