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GUIDE TO MAKING TAX DIGITAL (MTD)

Discover how Making Tax Digital affects you and your business and learn how to get started with MTD-compliant software by QuickBooks. We'll teach you everything from what MTD is to how you need to start filing your taxes - and when.

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Making Tax Digital

What is Making Tax Digital (MTD)?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) has been introduced by HMRC to help individuals and businesses to get their tax right. It means many people are leaving their spreadsheets or paper records behind and moving over to a new system.

At the moment, Making Tax Digital is all about VAT submissions. But over the coming months and years it will include Income Tax and Corporation Tax too.

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

Are you still filing on the HMRC website?

From 1 Nov MTD will be the way* to file your VAT. With the portal closed, VAT submissions can no longer be done on the HMRC website. Don’t stress, you’ve come to the right place. QuickBooks’ HMRC-recognised MTD VAT software is the solution.

*Exclusions apply, please visit gov.uk for more information.

Are you still filing on the HMRC website?

How do businesses comply?

To comply with Making Tax Digital for VAT, businesses have to keep digital records. This must be done using what HMRC calls 'compatible software’. In other words, it must be able to connect directly to HMRC and send your details to them using .

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

When will MTD affect me?

MTD was introduced for nearly all VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above £85,000 in April 2019. They have to use Making Tax Digital software to keep digital records and make VAT submissions to HMRC.

From April 2022, MTD requirements apply to all VAT-registered businesses in the UK

You're in the right place to get ready. QuickBooks' HMRC-recognised MTD software is designed for small businesses.

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

Before and after MTD for VAT

We’ve taken a snapshot of a small business before and after MTD for VAT. It shows how the new system means less time staring at spreadsheets and more time to concentrate on what you do best.

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Making Tax Digital deadlines

QuickBooks has been helping small businesses prepare for Making Tax Digital since 2018. Here are the latest key dates for compliance.

April 2022:

Making Tax Digital for VAT applies for nearly all VAT-registered businesses

April 2026:

Making Tax Digital for Income Tax applies to self-employed businesses and landlords with annual business or property income above £50,000

April 2027:

Making Tax Digital for Income Tax applies to self-employed businesses and landlords with annual business or property income above £30,000

Changes to corporation tax are likey to follow in due course.

If you’re VAT-registered you now need to use Making Tax Digital software to keep digital records and make VAT submissions to HMRC. Now is the time to get ahead with QuickBooks, the HMRC-recognised Making Tax Digital software for small businesses.

Do I need to comply?

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Stay on top of MTD and get all of the latest news, advice and support by email.

If you are an existing customer, please provide the email address associated with your account.

Ask the expert

Got a question about MTD? Chances are we’ve already answered it. We’ve got accountants responding to your most popular queries - check out the videos now.

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MTD webinars

Learn from the experts. We’ve teamed up with HMRC for our free MTD webinars so you’ll know exactly what’s coming and how to stay compliant. Catch up with previously recorded sessions here.

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Making Tax Digital - your next steps

What do I need to do now?

Check whether MTD could affect you and how to prepare with QuickBooks.

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MTD with QuickBooks

See why QuickBooks' HMRC-recognised accounting software is the right choice for MTD.

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Frequently asked questions

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QuickBooks Making Tax Digital for VAT software is available to all QuickBooks Simple Start, Essential, Plus and Advanced subscribers. Use of QuickBooks MTD for VAT software and bridging software must be aligned with HMRC's eligibility requirements and includes additional setup between the small business and HMRC.

QuickBooks MTD software currently supports Standard, Cash and Flat Rate schemes. QuickBooks Bridging Software supports Standard and Cash schemes. Businesses whose home currency is not GBP are currently not supported.

Receive a 90% discount on the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Simple Start or 90% discount on the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Essentials or 90% discount on the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Plus or 90% discount on the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Advanced for the first 3 months of service, starting from date of enrolment, followed by the then-current monthly price. Your account will automatically be charged on a monthly basis until you cancel. You must select the Buy Now option and you will not be eligible for a 30-day free trial. Offer valid for new QuickBooks Online customers only. No limit on the number of subscriptions ordered. You can cancel at any time by calling 0808 168 9533. Discount cannot be combined with any other QuickBooks Online offers. Terms, conditions, features, pricing, service and support are subject to change without notice. All prices shown exclude VAT.

Receive a 90% discount on the current monthly subscription price for the first 3 months of service starting from the date you subscribe for the service. In order to obtain the discount you need to select the Buy Now option and will not receive the free one month trial offer. After the first 3 months, your account will be charged on a monthly basis at the then current price until you cancel. The above discount offer is available only to new QuickBooks Self-Employed customers and cannot be combined with any other QuickBooks Online offers.

Receive 90% off the current monthly subscription price for QuickBooks Standard or QuickBooks Advanced Payroll for the first 3 months of service, starting from the date you subscribe to the service, followed by the then-current monthly price. Your account will automatically be charged on a monthly basis for the subscription fee and for all pay runs processed in the previous month, until you cancel. You must select the Buy Now option, and you will not be eligible for a 30-day free trial. Offer valid for new QuickBooks Online customers only. No limit on the number of subscriptions ordered. You can cancel at any time by calling 0808 168 9533. Discount cannot be combined with any other QuickBooks Online offers. Terms, conditions, features, pricing, service and support are subject to change without notice. All prices shown exclude VAT.

Discount valid until the 31 January 2023.

Receive 50% off the current monthly subscription price for QuickBooks Advanced for the first 4 months of service, starting from the date of enrollment, followed by the then monthly price. Your account will automatically be charged on a monthly basis for the subscription fee and for all pay runs processed in the previous month, until you cancel. You must select the Buy Now option and will not receive a one month trial. Offer valid for new QuickBooks Online customers only. No limit on the number of subscriptions ordered. You can cancel at any time by calling 0808 239 9692. Discount cannot be combined with any other QuickBooks Online offers. Terms, conditions, features, pricing, service and support are subject to change without notice. All prices shown exclude VAT.

QuickBooks Advanced Payroll allows you to automatically submit information to the following pension providers: NEST, The Peoples Pension, Smart Pensions, Aviva and NOW:Pensions

Free onboarding sessions are offered to all newly subscribed customers and trialists, excluding customers on our QuickBooks Self-Employed product. We offer 1 session per customer and reserve the right to remove this offering at anytime. Invitations are sent via email and in-product messaging once signup has been completed. A link will be included in the message for you to book a session using our calendar tool.

Mileage tracking is available on QuickBooks Self-Employed and QuickBooks Online on iOS and Android only.

These terms apply to QuickBooks UK customers only. Bulk-pricing discount offer is valid only if you are signing up for more than one QuickBooks Online subscription with each order. View terms and conditions for multiple accounts pricing here. To inquire further about the bulk-pricing discount offer, please call 0808 168 9533

QuickBooks UK support hours:

  • QuickBooks Online Phone – Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm.
  • QuickBooks Online Live Messaging – Monday to Friday 8am to 12am, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm.
  • QuickBooks Self-Employed Live Messaging – Monday to Friday 8am to 12am, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 6pm.

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