Making Tax Digital comes into effect for VAT registered businesses on 6 April 2019. So if you are affected you’ll need to get yourself set up on a HMRC Compliant Software for Making Tax Digital.
What is Making Tax Digital
Making Tax Digital is the biggest shake up to the tax system ever. It aims to digitise the entire tax system, with quarterly reporting into HMRC and regular tax payments by businesses AND individuals.
HMRC has estimates that errors and mistakes results in over £9 billion lost taxes annually, a loss they feel they can hugely reduce by making people switch from manual bookkeeping to full digital bookkeeping.
The first to be affected by this are VAT registered business (those are businesses with a turnover of over £85,000).
These businesses will need to submit their VAT returns to HMRC using a HMRC Compliant Software.
Other businesses and people will need to start digitising but the confirmed start dates are on hold (mainly due to time required on Brexit).
HMRC Compliant Software for Making Tax Digital
Most of the market leading options for cloud accounting have now been approved by HMRC as officially being compliant for Making Tax Digital. These include:
- Freeagent (read my in depth review + get a free trial of Freeagent here)
- Xero (visit the Xero website here)
- Quickbooks (visit the Quickbooks website here)
There is a full list of HMRC Compliant Software for Making Tax Digital on the HMRC website here.
What Do You Need to Keep for Making Tax Digital
Digital Record Keeping means you will need to enter every business transaction onto a piece of software for example listing out all the invoices you send out in a list rather than adding them together manually and recording it as a single figure.
You can still keep paper copies of all your records or choose to scan copies in (that part of business record keeping seems to remain unaffected).
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