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Software for MTD

During the introduction of Making Tax Digital (MTD), ICAEW is sharing the latest information about the software that taxpayers and agents will need to keep digital records and to submit information to HMRC.

MTD for VAT

Page last updated

30 October 2018

From April 2019, VAT registered businesses with taxable turnover above the VAT threshold will need to acquire a suitable commercial software product or appoint an agent to submit their VAT returns to HMRC on their behalf. Some businesses with the necessary skills will register with HMRC as software developers themselves and will develop their own bespoke software solutions, but these will be the exceptions.

It will be a requirement to keep digital records;  these can be maintained in more than one program or software product. The use of spreadsheets, either to record individual transactions or as part of a suite of software and spreadsheets is permitted. However, the spreadsheet will need to be either API enabled or used in combination with an MTD compatible software product so that data can be sent to and received from HMRC systems. Where the records are maintained in more than one program or product there must be digital links between each of the pieces of software. 

Choosing software

How an organisation approaches the selection of MTD compatible software will depend on their existing level of technology maturity and their business model. For example, an organisation that makes use of very little technology may well wish to consider spreadsheet bridging software – an application that will be able to extract the contents of a spreadsheet and uploaded it to HMRC. It is also worth considering the long-term future of an organisation. It is fair to say that the rate of change in technology and business has never been faster. That rate of change will only ever increase. As a result, all organisations will need to consider how they will remain competitive in the future. A case could, therefore, be made to invest in a more comprehensive application that could fulfil the needs of an organisation in the future.

Organisations that are already making extensive use of information technology will need to ensure that their software supplier is going to provide MTD compatible versions of the applications that they may use. In these cases the existing and future requirements of an organisation will need to be considered. In recent years we have seen a number of major changes to UK legislation; for example GDPR, auto-enrolment, open banking and MTD.  In many cases it may well be easier and cost effective for an organisation to choose an application that resides, or is at least connected, to the “cloud”.  Applications that are hosted on the internet (in the cloud) are able to make connections with other digital services and as a result provide increased functionality and flexibility.

To help an organisation choose software the Business Application Software Developers Association (BASDA) have created a free guide to help you select business software.;

MTD software providers

Tables last updated: 03 December 2018

In this section you will find the details of software providers who MTD for VAT software products available today as well as a table for MTD for Income Tax providers.

The tables can be used during the process of selecting MTD software. It is essential that you check with your current software provider to understand if they are going to be providing MTD compatible software.

HMRC are working with a large number of software suppliers. Many of these suppliers have already demonstrated prototype applications to HMRC. As soon as these become available to the public they will be added to the table below. A full list of software providers who are working with HMRC can be found here.

We have created two tables that detail what each supplier has to offer.

MTD for tax

Supplier Agents / businesses Features Firm size Market Desktop/cloud Comments
10 Minute Accounts Business
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT payments
All All Cloud Excel bridging
123 e-Filing Ltd Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT payments
All All Cloud Excel bridging
aaaDataX Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT payments
All All Cloud Excel bridging
Absolute Accounting Software Ltd Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
All All Desktop Excel bridging
Accentra Primo Umbrella
Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Enterprise Recruitment & Contracting Industry Cloud
Accuman - Integrated Management Accounts Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
SME Recruitment & Contracting Industry Desktop
Accuman - MTD bridge Businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
SME Recruitment & Contracting Industry Desktop
Acorah Software Products Ltd (TaxCalc) Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud
Arkk Solutions Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All All Cloud
BTCSoftware Agents
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud for MTD, some modules available on desktop
BTC MTDfVAT Businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud for MTD, some modules available on desktop
Bx Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud
Capium Limited Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud
Cirrostratus Exedra Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT return
  • Retrieve VAT liabilities
  • Retrieve VAT Payments
All All Cloud  
Clear Books plc Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
All All Cloud  
Coins construction Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
SME Construction Cloud  
Crunch Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
SME All Cloud  
Deloitte VAT
Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Large Enterprise Cloud
Easy Books  Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All All Desktop Apple macOS and iOS
eFileReady  Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud iXBRL filing, File upload bridging
Farmplan Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
Small Farming Desktop (TBC)  
FreeAgent Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All All Cloud  
GoSimple books Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud  
IRIS Agents
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • Retrieve VAT liabilities
  • Retrieve VAT Payments
All All Desktop  
Landmark Systems Ltd Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
All Farms, private estates, property management, letting companies and land agents Cloud  
Liquid - Accounts Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
All All Cloud Bespoke solutions
Liquid VAT filer Businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud Bespoke solutions
My Digital Accounts Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud
No Worries - Simplifi Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
SME All Cloud
One Office 3000/Global 3000 (Kerridge Commercial Systems) Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
All All Desktop
PwC Enterprise (GITC) Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Larger Enterprise Cloud
PwC spreadsheet Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Larger Enterprise Desktop Excel bridging
Quickbooks (Intuit)
Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud  
Quickfile Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Larger Enterprise Cloud  
Sage Business Cloud
Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud  
Sharp-aX Computer Systems Limited
Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All Distributors, wholesalers and merchants Desktop  
Tax Automation Ltd Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Large Enterprise Desktop
Tax Optimiser Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud Free for individual organisations for first year. T&Cs apply.
Thomson Reuters - Onvio Agents
  • Submit VAT Return
All All Cloud Includes Excel bridging
Vital Code Ltd – VitalTax Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Desktop Excel bridging. Support Excel for Windows and Mac, Office 365, Office Online and Excel for iPad.
VT Software See comments See comments See comments See comments See comments Not implementing MTD directly, but data can be exported to bridging software for upload to HMRC
Xero Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud  
Zoho
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All All Cloud  

MTD for income tax

Supplier Agents / businesses Features Firm size Market Desktop/cloud Comments
Absolute Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Updates to HMRC for self-employment
  • Updates to HMRC for UK property (excluding furnished holiday lettings)
  • Tax estimates from HMRC based on provided updates
All All Desktop Excel bridging
Forbes Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Updates to HMRC for self-employment
  • Updates to HMRC for UK property (excluding furnished holiday lettings)
  • Tax estimates from HMRC based on provided updates
SME All Desktop
IRIS Agents
  • Digital record keeping
  • Updates to HMRC for self-employment
  • Updates to HMRC for UK property (excluding furnished holiday lettings)
  • Tax estimates from HMRC based on provided updates
All All Cloud
Rhino Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Updates to HMRC for self-employment
  • Updates to HMRC for UK property (excluding furnished holiday lettings)
  • Tax estimates from HMRC based on provided updates
SME All Cloud

Cyber security

The value of company, staff and client data cannot be under estimated. As a result data protection has never been more important. Use the links below to find out more as to how an organisation can protect its data assets from cyber threats and in turn improve its business resiliency.

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