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Mtd in 2022

What does MTD mean for you?

What is changing and who does it affect? Believe it or not, MTD, or Making Tax Digital was announced in 2015 … but implementation is in stages and so far we are only at the beginning of the process – so where are we now and what is coming up?

When do the MTD changes happen?

April 2019 – MTD for VAT for VAT-registered businesses with sales over £85,000

April 2022 – MTD for VAT for all VAT-registered businesses

April 2024 – MTD for ITSA for all self-employed and landlords (delayed from April 2023)

April 2025 – MTD ITSA for simple partnerships (not LLPs or complex partnerships)

This means the implementation date of MTD ITSA for LLPs and MTD CTSA for LTDs has not been confirmed, although HMRC has confirmed it will not be before April 2026 … which obviously leads to speculation that it will be April 2026!

Digital MTD records

What does MTD require?

The core of MTD is all about better & digital reporting to the taxman. The first part is that every business needs to use digital software to link it to HMRC’s software. No longer can you simply type your totals into a screen on the taxman’s computer? Now your digital bookkeeping app needs to communicate computer to computer to upload information to HMRC.

Initially, this digital link reporting was for VAT returns for larger VAT-registered businesses. From April 2022 this will be extended to all VAT-registered businesses and from April 2024 to all income tax businesses with a gross income of £10k or more.

What does MTD for ITSA mean?

From April 2024 we have the next change which is MTD ITSA or making tax digital for Income Tax Self Assessment. Anyone liable to income tax who has an annual gross income of £10,000 or more are caught by these rules. Note that this could be £5,000 rental income and £5,000 self-employed income or all rental income or all self-employment.

MTD for ITSA requires the same digital link or computer to computer upload as VAT. It also requires 4 quarterly reports to be made. The quarterly reports are to be a summary of the financial transactions in the quarter. Meaning a change from annual reporting 10 months in arrears to quarterly reporting 30 days in arrears. There is also a 5th report or End of Period Statement which will be similar to the current self-assessment tax return for the self-employed and landlords.

MTD records

What records must you keep?

As well as requiring computer to computer reporting, it also includes a number of changes to the details of what you need to do to keep your records.

1) You need to keep digital records of all business income and expenses.
2) Your digital app has to be a MTD compatible software.
3) From April 2024 all MTD ITSA businesses will report and pay tax on a tax year basis.
Meaning your accounting year end will automatically change to be 31 March or 5th
April. If it isn’t already this might mean a higher tax bill in the transition year.
4) Each individual sale or purchase needs to be recorded in detail.
5) You must keep digital copies of all purchase or sale documents for at least 6 years.
6) If you have more than one software to keep records then they need to be digitally
linked in some way, ie you can’t manual transfer data from one app to another.

What do you need to do to be compliant?

1) Use a MTD compliant record keeping app.
2) Update your records on a monthly or quarterly basis.
3) Make sure you record everything, ie don’t miss things out.
4) …get advice from your friendly accountant!

At JVCA the friendly accountants we have been using MTD compliant apps for years and have plenty of expertise and advice to share … so get in touch and let us help!

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