MTD Guide: What do you need to know about MTD?

As you are hopefully aware, the end of the soft landing period for Making Tax Digital (MTD) is drawing closer and for any VAT periods starting on or after 1 April 2021 MTD registered businesses will need to be compliant with the full MTD regulations surrounding digital record keeping and digital links.

There are two main areas which will change from 01 April 2021: 

  • Digital record-keeping – Obliging the maintenance of key VAT transactional data in digital form. 
  • Digital links – Requiring the transfer of digital data between software programs or applications by digital means. The digital journey must be uninterrupted, without manual transfers or adjustments.

These changes apply to all businesses that are over the registration threshold for VAT (£85,000). If you fall over the registration threshold you should already be filing through the MTD filing portal – either using compatible software or bridging software.

Voluntarily registered businesses will have until 1 April 2022 to register for MTD and be and fully compliant with the digital record keeping and digitally linked software requirements. The legacy government gateway system remains an option for these companies.

HMRC have confirmed that there will be no further extensions granted on the deadline and that penalties will be forthcoming for non-compliance.

What’s a Digital Link?

Very simply put a digital link is the automated transfer of data or integration. This includes API transfer, CSV export/import of data or the linking of cells in excel.

HMRC have said manually transferring information from non-digital records into an excel spreadsheet or accounting system, the ‘cut and paste’ to select and move information or manual adjustments or consolidations to VAT returns outside of the accounting system will no longer be permitted.

For more information on digital links, please follow this link and navigate to section 4.2.1.

We have created a handy MTD guide you can download for free to give you the information you need in preparation for April.

Free Making Tax Digital (MTD) guide

You can download your copy of our free handy guide to MTD here:

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Where can I find more information and advice?

Making Tax Digital could deliver significant benefits concerning accuracy and efficiency for a vast range of businesses, even if the switch to digital accounting and automated admin appears to be a major step.

We at Price Bailey have produced a guide to give you more information about what MTD will mean for your business, how you can prepare to make the move, and the timeline for the introduction of the new regime.

Download our MTD guide

You can download our handy MTD guide here

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This post was written by Lee Sharman, Senior Manager at Price Bailey. If you need further information on any of the above, please feel free to get in touch with Lee using the contact form below.

We always recommend that you seek advice from a suitably qualified adviser before taking any action. The information in this article only serves as a guide and no responsibility for loss occasioned by any person acting or refraining from action as a result of this material can be accepted by the authors or the firm.


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