Tax Glossary

Making Tax Digital (MTD)

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Last updated on:
March 17, 2024

Making Tax Digital (MTD) represents the UK government's push towards a more efficient, accurate, and transparent tax system by mandating the use of digital records and filings. Launched in April 2019, MTD aims to streamline tax administration, reducing errors and enhancing compliance through digital technology. In its inaugural year alone, the initiative reportedly boosted tax revenue by £220 million.

Who Needs to Adapt to MTD?

As of now, MTD primarily targets VAT-registered businesses exceeding the £85,000 annual turnover mark. However, the scope of MTD is set to widen significantly, encompassing all VAT-registered entities, along with self-employed individuals and landlords earning above £10,000, by 2026. This expansion signals a major shift for a broad spectrum of taxpayers, including those engaged in sole proprietorships and property rentals.

Key MTD Deadlines on the Horizon

  • April 2019: MTD became mandatory for VAT-registered businesses surpassing the £85,000 turnover threshold.
  • October 2019: The deadline for more complex business entities, which were granted a deferral period.
  • April 2022: Extension to include limited companies falling below the VAT threshold.
  • April 2026: Broad application to self-employed professionals and landlords, effectively incorporating Income Tax and Corporation Tax into the MTD framework.

The Impact of MTD on Your Tax Practices

MTD's primary goal is to minimise human error in tax reporting through digitisation. By leveraging compatible accounting software for record-keeping and submitting quarterly updates to HMRC, businesses and individuals can ensure greater accuracy in their tax filings. This digital transition is expected to simplify tax management, making it a quicker and more reliable process.

What's Changing for Sole Traders?

  • Digital Submission: The traditional Self Assessment process will be replaced with digital submissions for Income Tax.
  • Early Adoption: Sole traders have the option to sign up for MTD ahead of the 2026 deadline, easing the transition.
  • Software Requirements: Keeping digital records necessitates the use of MTD-compatible software.
  • Frequent Updates: Taxpayers will provide HMRC with a summary of their income and expenses every quarter, receiving timely estimates of their tax liabilities.

MTD marks a significant evolution in tax preparation and administration, reflecting the broader move towards digital solutions across sectors. By staying informed and preparing early, taxpayers can navigate this transition smoothly, benefiting from the efficiency and clarity digital tax management offers.

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