In recent years there has been a focus on initiatives aimed at closing the ‘tax gap’ – i.e., the difference between expected tax receipts, and that collected. HMRC has launched a new challenge for all the business and self-employed to be more effective, efficient, and easier. They must report their income digitally using MTD compliant software. Few businesses have already started reporting their VAT digitally. Self-employed businesses and landlords with annual business or property income above £10,000 will need to follow the rules for MTD for Income Tax from their next accounting period starting on or after 6 April 2023.
HMRC has also recently announced that non-MTD VAT submissions using software providers will no longer be supported from April 2021. This means that quarterly VAT periods ending in December, January or February 2021 will be the last that you can submit in using the old VAT Return.
What do you need to be mindful of?
- More regular reporting. Submissions are likely to be quarterly with a final annual return.
- Better cash flow information. Quarterly tax submissions will drive better visibility of tax liabilities as they accrue.
- One source of the truth. Business records will capture and classify income for tax purposes. Business and tax records to become increasingly linked.
- More choice. Software providers will continue to enter this new market. A careful assessment of the benefits and their ability to capture more detailed or complex transaction items will be key.
- Advisors input will be targeted. Some taxpayers may outsource the problem to their advisors. For those that do not, advisor input may be required more often, but will no longer involve shoeboxes of receipts or disparate spreadsheets.
The bigger challenge will be for those self-employed businesses who are not registered for VAT and landlords who will be impacted by the introduction of MTD for income tax.
Taking the time now to think about how you record, retain, and report your business records will be key to staying on top of the MTD agenda as it develops. Good luck everyone.
Making Tax Digital deadlines
HMRC is introducing Making Tax Digital gradually. Making Tax Digital for VAT started on 1 April 2019, affecting VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000.
Next, all VAT-registered businesses will need to comply with Making Tax Digital for VAT from April 2022.
Making Tax Digital deadlines:
April 2019: VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85,000 need to keep digital records and submit digital VAT returns using compatible software. Some ‘more complex’ businesses were given a six-month deferral (read more below)
October 2019: more complex businesses who were deferred need to comply with Making Tax Digital
April 2022: MTD will be compulsory for businesses with a turnover below the £85,000 VAT threshold
April 2023: MTD will apply to taxpayers who file Income Tax Self Assessments for business or property income of more than £10,000 a year.
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Written By Kazi Ashraf