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Legislation for Making Tax Digital

Updated: 01 Oct 2021 Update History

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Links to the enacted and proposed legislation mandating Making Tax Digital.

MTD VAT legislation

The primary legislation for MTD VAT was enacted in section 62 of  Finance (No 2) Act 2017. The primary legislation is largely enabling, allowing for regulations (secondary legislations) and notices (tertiary legislation).

The MTD VAT regulations (Value Added Tax (Amendment) Regulations 2018) were laid before parliament on 28 February 2018 and provided for MTD VAT to start for businesses over the VAT threshold from their first VAT period starting on or after 1 April 2019.

Further regulations, the Value Added Tax (Amendment) Regulations 2021, were laid on 7 September 2021 extending MTD VAT to all VAT registered businesses from their first VAT period starting on or after 1 April 2022.

The MTD VAT notice (VAT Notice 700/22: Making Tax Digital for VAT) was published on 13 July 2018 and completes the statutory framework for MTD VAT. Most of the necessary detail can be found in the notice.

MTD income tax self assessment legislation

The primary legislation for MTD income tax self assessment (MTD ITSA) was enacted in section 60, section 61 and schedule 14 of  Finance (No 2) Act 2017. The primary legislation is largely enabling, allowing for regulations (secondary legislation) and notices (tertiary legislation).

The commencement order for MTD ITSA, Finance (No. 2) Act 2017, Sections 60 and 61 and Schedule 14 (Digital Reporting and Record-Keeping) (Appointed Day) Regulations 2021, was laid before parliament on 23 September 2021. This order provides for the start date of 6 April 2024. It applies to both individuals and partnerships which means that partnerships are excluded by virtue of the lack of further regulations applying to them.

The MTD ITSA regulations, (The Income Tax (Digital Requirement) regulations and The Income and Corporation Taxes (Electronic Communications)(Amendment) Regulations) were also laid on 23 September 2021. These regulations only cover individuals and further regulations will be required before MTD ITSA applies to partnerships. The regulations provide much of the detail of the requirements, but further details will need be in a notice.

A draft of the MTD ITSA notice (The Income Tax (Digital Requirements) notices), was published in September 2017, but has yet to be finalised or put in effect.

HMRC published (on 14 March 2018) a commissioners’ direction which allows those in the MTD ITSA pilot to use relevant software to deliver information equivalent to a personal return and self-assessment under sections 8 and 9, Taxes Management Act 1970. This direction provides the necessary certainty that completing the MTD ITSA end of year process satisfies the obligation to file a self assessment return.

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