Making Tax Digital (“MTD”)

HMRC propose that by 2020 they will have moved to a fully digital tax system. With MTD, HMRC aim to synchronise its internal systems and so create one online account for each taxpayer, for all their different taxes within HMRC. Via their 'digital account' taxpayers will be able to view all their payments, and offset overpayments in one tax against underpayments in others. This will have ramifications for all businesses and individuals in how they interact with the tax system, and the majority will need to use software or apps to keep business records and to update HMRC on a quarterly basis. In summary, Making Tax Digital will mean:

For the taxpayer:

  • The end of the tax return
  • The ability to pay tax based on your business activity during the year
  • The ability to upload or update your tax account in real time
  • All of your tax information in one place

For small businesses:

  • All of the tax information and interactions are in one place
  • No separate notifications of change of address or other details
  • Easy payment, time to pay and other options
  • Less direct contact with HMRC

For the HMRC:

  • The end of the tax return
  • Smoother processing of data by removing peaks
  • Better interaction with taxpayers
  • Ability to support taxpayers to “get it right first time”
  • Merging many back end systems to make a seamless front end
  • “Customer Golden Record” – all of the information about a business in one place
  • The ability to target information and support much more directly

“At Turpin Barker Armstrong, we are experts in market-leading accountancy and cloud-based digital solutions. We are excited to move our clients towards a digital way of accounting and tax reporting going forward, this will streamline processes for our clients and help us at TBA to work in a more environmentally sustainable way. We are following the guidelines from HMRC closely and will offer training and implementation services to help clients feel confident in the new ways of working”

Dean Clark, Partner

For more information about Making Tax Digital, please contact us:

Dean Clark

Dean Clark, Partner, Business Services Group


Bradley Suckling

Bradley Suckling, Partner, and Xero Certified Advisor


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