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Making Tax Digital

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a fundamental change to the administration of the UK tax system. It will affect how businesses and other organisations, agents and individuals maintain their accounting and tax records and how they transact and communicate with HMRC. MTD transformation projects are being run by HMRC, but should be seen as just one element of the digitalisation of business.

In this section

Practical guidance

MTD for VAT penalties

The introduction of Making Tax Digital for VAT has prompted discussion about the risk of penalties where introducing new processes breach of the regulations.

Preparing your practice for MTD

Agents will need to take steps to prepare both their own practices and their clients for the disruption that Making Tax Digital and digitalisation will cause to the market for accounting and tax services.

MTD for business overview

HMRC's vision to digitalise the UK tax system is well underway. The transformation will start with Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT from April 2019.

Tools for agents

Client MTD factsheet - non VAT registered businesses

A factsheet developed by ICAEW Tax Faculty to be shared by accountants to clients that are not VAT registered businesses and would like more information on Making Tax Digital.

Client MTD factsheet - VAT registered businesses

A factsheet developed by ICAEW Tax Faculty to be shared by accountants to clients that are VAT registered businesses and would like more information on Making Tax Digital.

Webinars and videos

Articles and features

Spring Statement 2019

Jane Moore rounds up the tax items from the Spring Statement 2019, including Making Tax Digital, structures and buildings allowance, tax avoidance and evasion, national minimum wage, apprenticeship levy and forthcoming papers over the rest of the year.

Reflecting on changes to the tax landscape

Rebecca Benneyworth considers some April changes that provide food for thought. She discusses, among other things, Making Tax Digital, increases in staff costs and the ‘sorry saga’ of the controversial loan charge legislation.

MTD in perspective software firms on Making Tax Digital

One year ago, the pilot for Making Tax Digital began, signalling a shift towards modernising the UK tax compliance process. While there have been positives in the year since, there have also been challenges, particularly for smaller firms. Here, three software firms – Sage, Xero and Iris – offer their perspectives on how the pilot has gone so far.

Representations

ICAEW Rep 137/18

ICAEW responds to the business lifecycle review call for evidence published by the Office of Tax Simplification in October 2018.

ICAEW Rep 115/18: Budget Autumn 2018

ICAEW's Tax Faculty has responded to HM Treasury's invitation for comments ahead of the 2018 Budget. The response concludes that there should be no new policy initiatives on tax at this time. Attention should instead be given to enabling taxpayers easily to fulfil their obligations and to understand their entitlements. Coping with HMRC’s digital systems has been made more difficult by the number of policy changes.

ICAEW Rep 65/18

ICAEW's Tax Faculty responds to the consultation: Cash and digital payments in the new economy: call for evidence published by HM Treasury on 13 March 2018.

ICAEW Rep 62/18

ICAEW's Tax Faculty responds to the VAT registration threshold call for evidence published by HM Treasury on 13 March 2018.

Further support

Useful links

Some resources that we link to may pre-date the latest amendments to the relevant tax regulations. While these links contain useful information, please treat them with appropriate caution.

Software suppliers supporting Making Tax Digital for VAT

List of companies who are supplying suitable software to support the MTD for VAT pilot. These suppliers have tested their products in HMRC's test environment and have already demonstrated a prototype of their software to HMRC.

VAT Notice 700/22: Making Tax Digital for VAT

Notice giving updated guidance on digital record keeping and return requirements of MTD for VAT. It explains the digital records that businesses must keep, ways to record transactions digitally in certain special circumstances, and what counts as ‘functional compatible software’.

Making Tax Digital: changing the scope and pace - technical note

Technical note giving a revised statement of impacts for the Making Tax Digital for Business programme to reflect the changed scale and scope of the mandatory elements announced in the government's Written Ministerial Statement of 13 July 2017.

Machine learning and its impact on accounting

A summary of a panel discussion on machine learning, artificial intelligence and its impact on accounting. The article looks at predictions for 2018 and the implications for making tax digital (MTD).

Overview of Making Tax Digital

Policy paper explaining the foundations of MTD, the impact on individuals and businesses, links to consultations, the next steps for implementing MTD for business, and case studies.

Finance Bill: Written statement - HCWS47

Statement made by Mel Stride, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, announcing policy changes to the timeframe and scope of Making Tax Digital rules.

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