This soft landing came to an end in April 2021. Since then, HMRC has been issuing penalties for not keeping complete and ‘adequate’ digital records for VAT returns – which means copy and paste data is no longer sufficient.

Additionally, from 1 April 2022, many more businesses need to comply with digital reporting requirements. If your business is registered for VAT, regardless of turnover you MUST sign up for MTD.

If your business has not yet fully embraced digital VAT reporting, you need to do so now.

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MTD for income tax

In addition to new digital reporting requirements for VAT, the Government has announced that from April 2023, businesses, including sole traders and landlords with business income over £10,000 per year MUST file their business income tax returns with HMRC using MTD digital reporting software.

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What software will I need to be MTD compatible?

You will need to use what is defined as ‘functional compatible software’ to comply with HMRC requirements.

This means software that connects to HMRC’s systems via an Application Programming Interface (API). It can be a single program or a set of programs, so long as those programs are ‘digitally linked’.

Your software must be able to:

  • Retain and preserve records digitally
  • Create VAT returns and send them to HMRC digitally
  • Voluntarily provide HMRC with VAT data
  • Receive information from HMRC that your business has complied.

How will the rules differ regarding digital records?

  • The major difference is that you will be required to submit your digital records at least once every three months.

Your business will also be required to maintain records for your VAT account. All digital records will need to be retained for a minimum of six years.

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