Making Tax Digital Part 2

Making Tax Digital report 2021

Which Taxes are relevant for MTD?

Making Tax Digital for Business is a Government initiative also known as MTD.  This is a legal requirement implemented and monitored by HMRC – Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs.

Now that we know the meaning of understanding Making Tax Digital in Part 1, this is Part 2 of the series which explains which taxes are relevant for MTD.

These are the taxes which are affected by MTD legislation.

  • Value Added Tax
  • Income Tax
  • Corporation Tax

Myth Busters

1. Businesses will need to do four tax returns a year

No. Businesses will not need to file four tax returns a year.

The new digital accounts will integrate all the different information businesses already provide to HMRC into a simple, streamlined system. Instead of one big, onerous tax return each year, once a quarter businesses can check that the information, they are collecting digitally, is correct, and simply click “send” to update HMRC.

2. This does not consider those who are digitally excluded

  • There is no question of forcing those who cannot go digital to do so. Help will be available for businesses who struggle to use digital tools.
  • People who genuinely cannot use digital tools will be offered alternatives, like nominating someone else to update their information for them or giving information by phone.

3. Businesses do not want to do tax digitally

  • Millions of firms already manage their tax online. 99% of VAT returns are done online, 98% of Corporation Tax and 86% of Self-Assessment returns are done online.
  • Many taxpayers want more certainty over their tax bill and access to an in-year picture of their tax position, which their new digital accounts will provide.

4. Businesses will need to keep extra records and the digitisation will cost a fortune

  • No additional records are needed for increased digitisation. These changes will contribute to our target to reduce business burdens by £400m.
  • For those who are not already keeping records digitally, there will be free software and clear, simple advice on how it can be used.

5. The new plans will increase errors and hinder compliance

  • Not true. The scope for error will be greatly reduced – meaning fewer businesses face the shock of a bigger tax bill than they expected at the end of the year.
  • Annually £6.5bn is lost through error. These reforms will improve the quality of record-keeping and reduce mistakes.

For more detailed information, please download the full report from this link.

Making Tax Digital Report

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