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21/03/2019

Making Tax Digital for VAT: one week to go

The first batch of VAT-registered businesses have just over a week to go until they enter into the Government’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) regime.

All VAT-registered businesses turning over more than £85,000 will be mandated into MTD by 1 October 2019, with the majority of entities adopting the scheme by 1 June 2019.

Firms with a VAT return quarter ending on 30 June 2019 will be the first to begin operating under the regime on 1 April 2019.

A month later, VAT-registered business with a return quarter ending on 30 April 2019 will be the second batch of businesses to go through MTD.

Then on 1 June 2019, those with a VAT return quarter ending 31 May 2019 will adopt MTD.

A six-month deferral period for MTD applies to around 40,000 VAT-registered businesses with more complex accounts, such as not-for-profit organisations and local authorities among others.

While submitting VAT returns online every quarter is nothing new, using HMRC-approved software is.

Around 150 software providers or products have been given the green light by the Revenue so far.

Software provider Advanced claimed more needs to be done to get the UK’s 2.67 million VAT-registered businesses and their agents ready for MTD.

It polled more than 1,000 professionals involved with VAT-registered businesses and found that 57% were prepared, while 35% did not know whether or not they will be ready for MTD.

For further information on Making Tax Digital, please contact Andrew Kershaw on 023 8046 1245.

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