Making Tax Digital

Tax is changing for businesses, accountants and bookkeepers. Digital finance record keeping is becoming mandatory, learn why and how you can get compliant.

What is Making Tax Digital?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is part of the government's plan to make it easier for businesses to stay on top of their day-to-day accounts, improving efficiency, accuracy and ease of compliance.

MTD is the beginning of the end for paper-based accounting for millions of business owners and the self-employed.

From April 2019, businesses above the VAT threshold are required to set up a digital tax account and file quarterly returns online. The government believes a digital tax system is the right decision, however the implementation and timeline is still being considered.

What MTD means to you

We are advising our clients start to prepare now, as more and more businesses migrate to the cloud to improve their efficiency, boost profitability and remain compliant. As it stands:

  • Only VAT registered businesses will need to keep digital records and only for VAT purposes.
  • They will only need to do so from April 2019.
  • Businesses will not be asked to keep digital records, or update HMRC quarterly for other taxes until at least April 2020 (originally, this was April 2019).

Any business can begin to migrate to the cloud now to benefit from cloud accounting technology so we would encourage you to consider your options and have a plan in place.

Keep reading to find out more, or download our factsheet.

Will this affect me?

Probably, yes, but it will depend on the size of your business when the new regulations apply.

  • April 2019 for VAT purposes for everyone who is VAT registered over the VAT threshold
  • April 2020 for other businesses, including those with rental income

Not sure where to start?

Download our decision-making flowchart to guide you on your MTD journey.

Help Me Decide

What are the next steps?

First, decide if you have, or want, to go digital. The sooner you decide to make the transition, the sooner you will appreciate the benefits.

We typically advise either Xero or Sage for our MTD accounting products, so would recommend you take a look at those and see which one fits your requirements.

Then, speak to Aspen Waite and we'll get you set up and running - depending on how your records have been kept, this could be a quick job or a big job - but we'll do our best to get you online with minimal disruption to your business.

Contact one of our advisors today to find out more.

Benefits of Cloud Accounting

Cloud-based accounting software saves you time and money, improves security and accuracy - and ensures you remain compliant.

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Preparing for Making Tax Digital

HMRC haven't released their list of approved software yet, but the major providers are well underway implementing a compliant solution.

If you already use Sage, Xero, Quickbooks or similiar, then you're ahead of the game!

Why is this happening?

The government recognises most businesses want to get their tax right, but latest figures suggest some £8 billion a year in tax is lost from avoidable errors.

HMRC wants to do more to help businesses get their tax right, and MTD is a step in the right direction.

Useful Resources and Further Reading

List of Cloud-based Accounting Products

We suggest you seek professional advice before making any decisions regarding Making Tax Digital or your obligations as a business.

For more information on Making Tax Digital, contact one of our advisors.

Call us on: 01278 445151