FAQs: Making Tax Digital

What is Making Tax Digital (MTD)?

Making Tax Digital is the Government’s plan to modernise and digitalise the UK tax system.

The Government’s ultimate intention is that:

  • HMRC will collect and process information affecting tax liabilities as close to real time as possible;

  • All taxpayers will have digital tax accounts, where they will be able to see all the information that HMRC holds, and keep abreast of their tax position throughout the year.

It will take time, but ultimately Making Tax Digital will lead to the biggest revolution in the administration of the UK tax system for decades.

What are the requirements?

The new regulations mandate that businesses must keep digital records in compatible software, which can connect to HMRC via an Application Programming Interface (API).

  • Business-related transactions must be recorded digitally using MTD-compliant software or apps.

  • Records kept on apps or software not designed for MTD will no longer be compliant.

  • Tax returns must be submitted in a digital, MTD-compliant way.

  • Tax returns submitted by post or using HMRC’s own online services will be phased out.

What needs to be recorded digitally?

For VAT purposes, there is a specific list of information that will need to be maintained digitally. This includes, amongst other things, the value of each supply made and received, the rate of VAT charged on each supply made, and the VAT that will be re-claimed on each supply received (with some relaxations for retailers and a few others).

When does MTD start?

  • April 2019 VAT (phase 1)
    VAT registered businesses with turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000 excluding VAT).

  • April 2020 VAT (phase 2)
    The remaining VAT registered businesses – those voluntarily VAT registered with VAT-able turnover under £85,000.

  • April 2020+ (Corporation tax & self-assessment)
    Sole-traders, partnerships, landlords and trading companies. (The start date will be confirmed by the government following the successful roll out of Making Tax Digital for VAT.

Will MAM Software applications become MTD compliant?

Yes. We have already begun a development project to add the required functionality into our Autopart, Trader and Autowork Online applications. This will include:

  • Processes necessary to direct users to the HMRC website to register for MTD (HMRC mandates that this process is repeated every 18 months).

  • An API call to HMRC to establish the periods for which the next VAT return should be submitted.

  • Functionality to derive the figures from Autopart or Autowork Online necessary for the VAT return..

  • Functionality to submit VAT returns digitally to HMRC.

  • Retention of the data relating to previous VAT return submissions.

When will MAM Software applications become MTD compliant?

We anticipate development to be completed in:

Autopart/AWE - Autumn 2018.

Autowork Online - Spring 2019

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