Making Tax Digital

Tax / Making Tax Digital engagement letters released by tax institutes

With less than 80 days to the rollout of Making Tax Digital for VAT, a number of professional institutes, inlcuding AAT, ACCA, ATT, CIOT and STEP, have released initial engagement letters defining client relationships under the new digital reporting framework

Tax / Making Tax Digital: where are we now?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT, which goes live in April 2019, has left accountants confused and businesses struggling to keep up. James Bunney examines the current situation and what MTD means for the future of business tax

Tax / VAT Q&A: Payments on Account regime and threshold compliance

In our regular VAT Q&A series, Croner Taxwise VAT specialist Hilary Budd explains the ins and outs of the payments on account (POA) regime for a business straddling the POA threshold and how to leave the scheme

Tax / MTD pilot extended to all eligible businesses

The pilot programme for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT has been extended by HMRC to all businesses that meet the requirements, giving those affected time to test their systems and train staff ahead of the April deadline

Tax / Making Tax Digital is an opportunity, not a threat

Kim Hau, senior proposition manager for Onesource Indirect Tax, explains the benefits of different Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT software solutions and why companies should embrace a comprehensive approach rather than a quick fix

Tax / Dodwell: final countdown to Making Tax Digital for VAT

With the mandatory deadline to digitally report VAT under HMRC’s Making Tax Digital racing down upon us, Bill Dodwell, senior policy adviser at OTS, says this will not mean an immediate end to spreadsheet reporting as HMRC has accepted that some VAT calculations are just too complicated to comply immediately and more work needs to be done

Tax / HMRC turns to universities for digital expertise

With the introduction of Making Tax Digital for VAT only three months away, HMRC is looking to recruit tax specialists with digital skills, along with data analysts and digital experts

Tax / Editor’s comment: a year of turbulence

Sara White, editor of Accountancy Daily, takes a look back at a turbulent year for the tax, audit and accounting profession from the challenges of Brexit, the breakdown in trust in the audit market, calls for the breakup of the Big Four audit firms and the move towards mandatory digital reporting under Making Tax Digital for VAT 

Tax / HMRC criticised for lack of MTD exemption guidance

With close to 100 days before Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT becomes compulsory, HMRC has come under fire for its failure to publish detailed guidance on when and how to claim exemptions from the new rules, with the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG) warning this risks unfairly increasing the burdens on some individuals

Tax / ACCA warns of MTD Brexit risk for small businesses

ACCA is warning of future risks to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) because of the potential for a no deal Brexit to clash with the introduction of HMRC’s new Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT regime, and says the government must provide more detailed guidance

Tax / HMRC delays MTD for business due to Brexit

HMRC is to continue rolling out Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT but has warned that the wider extension of the MTD programme for businesses will be delayed as IT developers are refocused on Brexit customs delivery

Tax / 37% of accountants stalling over MTD

A survey of tax professionals’ attitudes and company readiness for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT shows that companies and accountants are lagging behind in their preparations and 70% are waiting for future announcements until they commit to a process

Tax / Xero tells Chancellor MTD software ready for launch

Gary Turner, managing director at software company Xero, has met with Chancellor Philip Hammond to confirm that Xero is ready for the launch of Making Tax Digital for VAT in April 2019

Tax / Leading institutes back Lords call for MTD delay

A recommendation by a Lords committee that the government’s introduction of mandatory Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT should be delayed by at least one year is supported by the Low Incomes Tax Reform Group (LITRG), CIOT and the ICAEW

Tax / Lords call for delay in Making Tax Digital for VAT until 2020

A Lords committee has issued a scathing report on HMRC’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT program, due to come into full effect in April 2019, attacking HMRC’s unrealistic timeframe, lack of communication with businesses, and failure to improve following previous criticism