Making Tax Digital (MTD) – July Update


Making Tax Digital (MTD) – July Update

On the 13th July Ministers confirmed a new timetable for Making Tax Digital (MTD).

From April 2019 businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will need to keep Digital records for VAT purposes.

Businesses below the VAT threshold will now be exempt from requirements to quarterly reporting until the government can reassess the plans. This is likely to be after the current pilot and before 2020.

MTD will be available on a voluntary basis for the smallest businesses, and for other taxes. Businesses and landlords with a turnover below the VAT threshold will be able to opt to use the new digital reporting system but it will not be mandatory until ‘at least’ 2020.

The Treasury document states that under the new timetable:

  • Only businesses with a turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) will have to keep digital records and only for VAT purposes;
  • They will only need to do so from 2019; and businesses will not be asked to keep digital records, or to update HMRC quarterly, for other taxes until at least 2020.

These changes will be legislated for as part of the Finance Bill 2017.

A Written Ministerial Statement on the Finance Bill has been made by Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury.
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