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Making Tax Digital for small businesses

Making Tax Digital

Sign up to QuickBooks and become compliant with HMRC's Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT ahead of the 1 April 2019 deadline. If you’re VAT-registered with a turn-over of £85K or more, it’s time to act.
What is Making Tax Digital?

MTD Hotline: 0808 168 4238

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Become MTD ready without the stress

QuickBooks offers two simple ways to become compliant with HMRC’s Making Tax Digital scheme based on your needs.

Track & file VAT with Accounting Software

Migrate your full accounts data to QuickBooks to track & calculate VAT automatically and e-File securely to HMRC.

File VAT using a spreadsheet with Bridging Software

Simply upload to QuickBooks a spreadsheet with your 9 box VAT summary and e-File securely to HMRC. No need to complete the full QuickBooks set up.

Easy choice for small businesses

Becoming MTD compliant is more than choosing an accounting software solution. With QuickBooks you can be confident that you'll be kept up to date with easy to use and fully compliant MTD functionality.

Simple steps to comply with MTD

We've been working closely with HMRC to make sure you know exactly what to do and when to do it. We will also send you regular updates by email and through the product experience.

Easy transition to QuickBooks

Use our free data import tools to speed up the process of transferring your business data to QuickBooks. Our free award-winning care team can also help with anything from MTD queries to data migration.

MTD Hotline: 0808 168 4238

Get more with QuickBooks

Start tracking & e-Filing your VAT using QuickBooks accounting software or simply upload your existing VAT spreadsheet to QuickBooks using our VAT bridging software solution. It couldn’t be easier!

Download our complete MTD guide

After reading this FREE guide for you'll be able to:

  • Understand what Making Tax Digital is.
  • Know when Making Tax Digital for VAT starts and who it affects.
  • Get prepared quickly and easily.
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Moving to QuickBooks is easy

Transfer your historical accounts data into QuickBooks with the help from our award-winning UK-based support team at no additional cost. No need to wait until April 2019 to start fresh. Get started today.

There's a plan whatever your business needs.

Find a plan.

For freelancers and
independent contractors
For small businesses and
VAT registered companies
  • Fast and easy setup.
  • Free 24/7 support.
Self-Employed Track your Self-employed income using flat rates for HMRC Self-Assessment
£8£3/mo
First six months*
No obligation, cancel anytime.
  • Send unlmited invoices on the go - basic
  • Snap and store receipts
  • Download bank transactions automatically
  • Free mobile app
  • 1 user
  • Estimate tax payments
  • Complete self assessment
  • Sort business and personal transactions
  • Track mileage automatically
Essentials Manage accounts, VAT, MTD, payroll & employee time.
£18£7/mo
First six months*
No obligation, cancel anytime.
  • Send unlmited invoices on the go - advanced
  • Snap and store receipts
  • Download bank transactions automatically
  • Free mobile app
  • 3 users
  • Calculate & file VAT - MTD Ready
  • VAT bridging software - MTD Ready
  • Manage CIS deductions
  • Manage bills and payments
  • Run payroll
  • Multi-currency support
  • Track employee time
Plus Essentials features + budgets, purchase orders & stock control.
£27£11/mo
First six months*
No obligation, cancel anytime.
  • Send unlmited invoices on the go - advanced
  • Snap and store receipts
  • Download bank transactions automatically
  • Free mobile app
  • 3 users
  • Calculate & file VAT - MTD Ready
  • VAT bridging software - MTD Ready
  • Manage CIS deductions
  • Manage bills and payments
  • Run payroll
  • Multi-currency support
  • Track employee time
  • Create budgets and purchase orders
  • Manage stock
  • Track costs by project, location or budget
Track your Self-employed income using flat rates for HMRC Self-Assessment.Manage accounts, VAT, MTD, payroll & employee time. Full account management inc. budgets, purchase orders & stock control.
Estimate tax payments
Complete HMRC self assessment
Sort business and personal transactions
Auto-track mileage deductions
Send unlimited invoices on the go
BasicAdvancedAdvanced
Snap and store receipts
Download bank transactions automatically
Free mobile app
Number of users
135
Calculate & file VAT - MTD Ready
VAT bridging software - MTD Ready
Manage CIS deductions
Manage bills and payments
Run payroll (+£1 per employee /month)
Multi currency support
Track employee time
Create budgets & purchase orders
Manage stock
Track costs by project, location or budget

Need multiple accounts? Call us on 0808 168 4246.

Frequently asked questions

  • Why is Making Tax Digital happening?
    Making Tax Digital is HMRC’s attempt to transform the UK tax system into one of the most digitally advanced in the world for the benefit of individual and business tax payers.There are four main benefits:
    • Digitalisation will improve the quality of record keeping.
    • Less manual entry should mean fewer errors.
    • Managing business affairs will become more efficient - especially if you adopt a cloud-based solution which can be accessed anywhere.
    • You’ll spend less time gathering and inputting data.
  • When does Making Tax digital start?
    Making Tax Digital for VAT starts from 1st April 2019. Any VAT returns that begin on or after this date must follow the Making Tax Digital rules.
  • Who does Making Tax Digital for VAT impact?
    It impacts VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) in the 12 months leading up to 1st April 2019 or any 12 month period thereafter.
  • When will QuickBooks’ Making Tax Digital for VAT software be available?
    Our Making Tax Digital software is already available to all QuickBooks Online customers without any additional cost. If you’re a small business and would like to learn more about this software or see a demo please call 0808 168 4252.
  • Who is not impacted by Making Tax Digital for VAT?
    Making Tax Digital for VAT does not impact businesses who meet one or more of the following criteria:
    • Businesses who are exempt from online VAT submissions
    • Businesses who are not VAT registered
    • Businesses with a taxable turnover below the VAT threshold in the 12 months leading up to 1st April 2019 or any 12 month period (so long as they deregister from VAT).
  • What do I need to do to comply with the new Making Tax Digital rules?
    To comply with Making Tax Digital for VAT you will need to do all of the following by April 1st 2019:
    • Keep your VAT records digitally
    • Submit your VAT return to HMRC through MTD compliant software
    You must also do the following by April 1st 2020:
    • Digitally link software you use for VAT preparation and filing if you use more than one software solution.
  • My VAT returns are already submitted online, am I not already compliant?
    Unless your VAT returns are being submitted through software that has been approved by HMRC as being Making Tax Digital compliant then you are not already compliant. From 1st April 2019, the HMRC web page used by businesses and their accountants to submit VAT returns will be closed to those required to comply with Making Tax Digital.
  • Where do I get Making Tax Digital (MTD) software?
    A list is available on GOV.UK or you can try QuickBooks today. HMRC are not offering Making Tax Digital software.
  • How can my accountant help me with Making Tax Digital?
    Accountants can support you through Making Tax Digital so long as they have the following:
    • Permission from you to act as an agent on your behalf for VAT
    • Registered for an Agent Services Account and linked your HMRC account to it.
    • Access to Making Tax Digital compliant software.
  • Why should I consider using QuickBooks as my Making Tax Digital for VAT software?
    As a QuickBooks user you’ll be MTD ready from day one and a customer of the worlds #1 provider of accounting software. By using QuickBooks you’ll be keeping digital records. You can also prepare and directly submit VAT returns to HMRC today and when Making Tax Digital arrives you will be compliant. For most businesses, QuickBooks is an all in one Making Tax Digital software solution without the need for digital links. If your business intends to take advantage of the Making Tax Digital soft landing period then QuickBooks can be used as bridging software to submit your VAT return data that has been prepared elsewhere.