February 2019 Update - Our Making Tax Digital solution 'VAT Submission' is now available. Our software has been recognised by the HMRC for use with Making Tax Digital. 
Visit our VAT Submission for Making Tax Digital web page and find out more about our solution for sending your VAT returns to HMRC.

What you need to know about Making Tax Digital (MTD)

Making Tax Digital is a key part of the government’s plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their affairs – meaning the end of the annual tax return for millions.

Every individual and business now has access to their own personalised digital tax account and these are being regularly expanded and improved. HMRC’s ambition is to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world, modernising the tax system to make it more effective, more efficient and easier for customers to comply.

View our Making Tax Digital guide - Making Tax Digital pdf

Visit our VAT Submission for Making Tax Digital web page and find out more about our solution for sending your VAT returns to HMRC.

Four foundations of Making Tax Digital:
  • Better use of information

Making Tax Digital presents significant benefits for businesses. It will mean that they will not have to give HMRC information that it already has, or that it is able to get from elsewhere – for instance from banks, building societies and other government departments.

Digital tax accounts for all will mean that customers can see the information that HMRC holds and be able to check at any time that their details are complete and correct. HMRC will use this information to tailor the service it provides, according to each of their customers’ individual circumstances.

  • Tax in real time

HMRC’s customers should not have to wait until the end of the year or longer to know how much tax they should pay. HMRC will collect and process information affecting tax as close real time as possible, to help prevent errors and stop tax due or repayments owed building up.

  •  A single financial account

At the moment most taxpayers cannot see a single picture of their liabilities and entitlements in one place – the HMRC are changing that. By 2020, customers will be able to see a comprehensive financial picture in their digital account, just like they can with online banking.

  •  Interacting digitally with customers

HMRC customers (and their agents) will be able to interact with the HMRC digitally and at a time to suit them. They already have access to a digital account which will present them with an increasingly personalised picture of their tax affairs, along with prompts, advice and support through webchat and secure messaging.

Making Tax Digital for business

HMRC’s ambition is to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world, modernising the tax system to make it more effective, more efficient and easier for customers to comply.

A modern tax system, based on digital technology will make it easier for businesses to get their tax right. Reducing the amount of avoidable errors will also reduce the cost, uncertainty and worry that businesses face when HMRC is forced to intervene to put things right.

The logic of digitising the tax system is widely recognised and millions of businesses are already banking, paying bills, and interacting online. Digitising routine business tasks such as record keeping is the next step and is one many businesses have already taken.


The benefits:
  • De-stressing tax

Businesses will submit tax data every three months, which means they can forget about cramming twelve months of work at the end of their financial year

  • Far less paperwork

Computer software will make an automatic record of money coming into and going out of your business. The business (or their tax advisor) will just check the data and update it to HMRC each quarter.

  • Fewer surprises

Because tax will be calculated quarterly, there’s far less chance of a big bill building up. Businesses will find out what their tax liability is every few months so nothing gets out of hand.

  • More chances of lowering your bill through tax planning

Businesses that keep regular tabs on the tax they owe can make strategic decisions to lower their bill. They might make more retirement contributions or reinvest in the business, for example.


The negatives:
  • Compulsory use of technology

By making tax digital for businesses, the HMRC requires businesses (or their tax advisor) to submit returns online, through either an HMRC app or online accounting software.

  • More reporting deadlines

While VAT returns were already submitted quarterly, income tax and corporation tax weren’t. After Making Tax Digital takes effect, however, the single annual filing for income tax and corporation tax will be supplemented by four quarterly reports.

  • Loss of privacy

Businesses may not be comfortable that some of their electronic transactions will be visible to HMRC. Businesses will be able to review the data and fix mistakes before it’s submitted.


Next steps

Businesses shouldn’t think of Making Tax Digital as just another obligation. This is the opportunity to regularly check income, expenses and profit – which will help businesses make better decisions.

  • When should businesses start to Make Tax Digital?

You can make your tax digital right now, if you like, and there’s no reason to wait until the last possible moment to do it. But you need to know when it will become compulsory for your business. For more information on this visit the Gov.uk website

  • Simplify your complex online accounting software

You don’t have to use online accounting software to comply with Making Tax Digital, but it might make things easier and it will give you access to other powerful tools.

Nolan Business Solutions are part of the HMRC Developer Hub, and we will be closely monitoring the development of Making Tax Digital to assist with enabling solutions for businesses.

  • Making Tax Digital could be really good for your business

Change can often seem daunting, especially if it requires you to adopt new technology. However, quarterly tax filing could actually lessen your workload. And by updating your accounts more often, you’ll be able to react faster to opportunities and threats in the business.

Nolan Business Solutions are specialists at implementing CRM and ERP solutions to help businesses gain greater control over financials, inventory and operations. We also have vast experience with consulting and training businesses to improve system adoption.


Visit our VAT Submission for Making Tax Digital web page and find out more about our solution for sending your VAT returns to HMRC.
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About Nolan Business Solutions

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