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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

11 January 2019

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: 1 February 2019

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
1 Click Accounts Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return (bridging software)
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT payments
All All Cloud Built for accountants and businesses that already have bookkeeping software
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
123 Sheets Ltd Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return (bridging software)
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT payments
All All Desktop Excel bridging software
aaaDataX Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT payments
All All Cloud Excel bridging
Abratax Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return (bridging software)
  • 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
AccountsPortal Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All All 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
Adroit Software Ltd Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud Spreadsheet bridging software
Ajaccts Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud
Algorithms Software UK Ltd Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All Contractors and developers and ETO Manufactures Desktop
Anagram Systems Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All Various specific markets Cloud
Arkk Solutions Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All All Cloud
Aqilla Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
SME All Cloud
Barnbrook Software Ltd Businesses
  • Submit VAT Return (bridging software)
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Desktop Excel bridging software
BTCHub 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
Cam Systems Ltd Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
All Tyre trade Desktop or cloud
Capium Limited Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud
Catalyst Computer Systems Ltd - Platinum Software Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All Road haulage Cloud
CHM MTD Bridge Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud Spreadsheet bridging software
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  
Compact Software Ltd Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
SME All Desktop  
Concept2Eng-ineering Ltd Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT Liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
SME Manufacturing Desktop Spreadsheet (not just Excel) bridging software
Cooper Software Businesses
  • Submit VAT Return (bridging software)
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT Liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud
Crunch Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
SME All Cloud  
Dataflow (UK) Limited - Dataflow Financials Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
SME All Desktop
DC Software Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Desktop Excel bridging software
Deloitte VAT Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Large Enterprise Cloud
Desser Associates Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Smaller Property management Cloud
Easy Books  Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All All Desktop Apple macOS and iOS
EcoOffice Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud
eFileReady Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud iXBRL filing, File upload bridging
Epicor ERP Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Larger Manufacturing Cloud ERP
EY  Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Larger Enterprise Cloud
Farmdata Ltd  Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Small Farming Desktop
Farmplan Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
Small Farming Desktop  
Forbes Computer Systems Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return (bridging software)
All All Desktop or cloud  
FreeAgent Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All All Cloud  
Geddes Business Systems Ltd - Equinox Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All Wholesalers and distributors Desktop  
Grant Thornton Making Tax Digital VAT Filing Solution Businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
Large All ?  
GoSimple books Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud  
Intact Software Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
All Wholesale, distribution, engineering Desktop  
Integra Associates Businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Larger Industry and healthcare Cloud
Interprise Solutions LLP Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
All All ?
IRIS Agents
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • Retrieve VAT liabilities
  • Retrieve VAT Payments
All All Desktop  
KPMG PX Cube Businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Larger All Cloud Spreadsheet bridging software
KPMG Tax Bridge Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
Larger All ?
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
Motor Trade Technologies Limited Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All Motor trade Desktop  
Multi-User Systems Ltd Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All Property management Desktop  
My Digital Accounts Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud
Neilson James Technology Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Desktop Spreadsheet bridging software
No Worries - Simplifi Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
SME All Cloud
Oakley Global Business Solutions Ltd Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All Financial markets Sage 300 ERP
Officenet Systems Ltd - Officenet Workplace Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
All Construction Cloud
OGL Software Ltd Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All Wholesale and distribution Desktop or 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
Oracle NetSuite Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
Enterprise All Cloud
OrderWise Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All All Desktop
Peppermint Technology Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All Legal services Cloud
Pronet Global - VATMTD Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return (bridging software)
  • View VAT Return
All All Desktop Spreadsheet bringing software
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  
Request Business Software Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
SME All ?  
Rialtas Business Solutions Businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
All Town and Parish Councils Desktop  
Sage Business Cloud Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Cloud  
Sapphire Systems Ltd – MTD for Infor SunSystems Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
Larger All Desktop or cloud  
Sapphire Systems Ltd – MTD for SAP Business One Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
Larger All Desktop or 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  
Solicitors Own Software (SOSLegal) Businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
All Solicitors Cloud  
Springboard IT (UK) Ltd Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
All All Desktop Excel bridging software
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.
Tax Systems plc - AlphaVAT Agents and businesses
  • Submit VAT Return (bridging software)
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All ?
thewealthworks Ltd Agents and businesses
  • Digital Record Keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All All Desktop
Thomson Reuters - Onvio Agents
  • Submit VAT Return
All All Cloud Includes Excel bridging
Tyresoft Ltd Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
  • View VAT Payments
All Tyre industry Cloud
Vanilla Solutions Limited Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
All All Desktop
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.
WinMan Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
Larger Manufacturing and distribution Cloud ERP
Wolters Kluwer Agents and businesses
  • Digital record keeping
  • Submit VAT Return (bridging software)
  • View VAT Return
  • View VAT liabilities
All All Cloud
VT Software See comments See comments See comments See comments See comments VT will be implementing MTD directly into VT Transaction+ and VT Cash Book. This feature will be available by the time the first quarterly VAT returns need to be filed under MTD in July 2019. VT will also be developing a bridging product for use with VAT groups and other situations where the VAT return cannot be transmitted directly from VT Transaction+.
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

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