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Get ready for Making Tax Digital for VAT

From April 2022, all VAT-registered businesses in the UK will 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.

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Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks
HMRC-recognised and Making Tax Digital ready

HMRC-recognised and Making Tax Digital ready

Trusted by over 4.5 million small businesses

Trusted by over 4.5 million small businesses

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The highest-rated mobile app for accounting software

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Always here to help with free UK-based phone and chat support

Making Tax Digital for VAT explained

Making Tax Digital - MTD for short - is part of HMRC’s mission to become one of the most digitally advanced tax systems in the world. It requires businesses in the UK to keep digital records with the help of ‘functional compatible software’ that can connect directly to HMRC.

The transformation from spreadsheets or paper records to a new system may sound intimidating, but is in fact very simple with Making Tax Digital software from QuickBooks.

April 2021:

The option to submit returns via XML is being removed from the HMRC website

April 2022:

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

April 2023:

Making Tax Digital for Income Tax applies to self-employed businesses and landlords with annual business or property income above £10,000

April 2026:

Making Tax Digital for Corporation Tax may come into effect for incorporated businesses and other organisations within the charge to Corporation Tax

Rolling out MTD

Initially, Making Tax Digital rules have only applied to businesses with a VAT taxable turnover above the £85,000 threshold. But this is just the start. The government plans to roll out this digital transformation across the entire tax system. These are the deadlines so far:

Why get Making Tax Digital software now?

If you’re running a VAT-registered business with an annual taxable turnover above £85,000, it’s likely that you’re already required to use Making Tax Digital software for your VAT returns.

If your business has an annual taxable turnover below £85,000 and you're still submitting your VAT return in the old way, it makes sense to start using MTD-compatible software now to avoid problems later. From April 2021 HMRC are closing the option to submit returns via XML and by 2022 you'll need to be using digital links to exchange information with HMRC.

What are digital links?

Digital links are a way to describe the direct data exchange between Making Tax Digital software and HMRC. If your business is VAT-registered, you must use HMRC-approved software like QuickBooks to keep digital records, which you can then send to HMRC with the click of a mouse before the VAT deadline.

Made a mistake in your tax return? Simply modify your data in QuickBooks’ software before sending your updated VAT return.

What are the benefits of Making Tax Digital?

Investing in Making Tax Digital software now makes it easier to:

  • keep accurate records
  • meet your VAT deadline
  • comply with HMRC

Start tracking your digital records today to submit your next VAT return in minutes.

QuickBooks: Making Tax Digital software recognised by HMRC

By using QuickBooks, your business is all set up to comply with the latest government regulations. And at the same time, managing your business finances will become a whole lot easier.

Keep digital records

Making the switch to digital records is a breeze with automatic data imports from Excel, CSV files and other accounting software.

Switch from Excel Spreadsheets

To get help, call our MTD hotline: 0808 168 4238

Switch to digital records

Automate your VAT

Forget the headache of calculating VAT percentages - QuickBooks’ all-in-one MTD for VAT software works out the amount of VAT you owe based on the latest VAT codes.

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Automate your VAT

Avoid costly mistakes

QuickBooks’ VAT Error Corrections Checker scans your VAT for common mistakes, saving you time and stress.

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Avoid costly mistakes

Save hours on your VAT return

Swap manual data entry for bank connections that import your transactions in real-time. Snap and store receipts, auto-track your mileage and categorise transactions digitally so you're ready for tax time.

Save hours on your VAT return

Submit your VAT return in minutes

Transform the process of submitting your VAT return. When all your info is already in QuickBooks it's just a matter of using the VAT error checker to scan for common mistakes, then submitting directly to HMRC.

"A great way of summarising everything that goes into the return without having to review everything for the quarter."

- Tom Ridgway, Wyvern 3D Ltd
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Frequently asked questions

Learn more about Making Tax Digital

If you select the Free Trial option the first months subscription to QuickBooks, starting from the date of enrolment, is free. To continue using QuickBooks after your one month trial, you'll be asked to present a valid credit card for authorisation, and you'll be charged the then current fee for the service(s) you've selected. All prices shown exclude VAT. Offer(s) are valid for new QuickBooks customers only. Offer cannot be combined with any other QuickBooks Online offers. Terms, conditions, features, pricing, service and support are subject to change without notice.

QuickBooks Making Tax Digital for VAT software is available to all QuickBooks Simple Start, Essential and Plus subscribers. Use of QuickBooks MTD for VAT software and bridging software must be aligned with HMRC's eligibility requirements and includes additional set up 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 50% discount off the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Simple Start or 50% discount off the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Essentials or 50% discount off the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Plus for the first 4 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 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 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 50% discount off the current monthly subscription price for the first 4 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 4 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.

Sign up to QuickBooks Payroll between 1 April 2021 and 31 May 2021 and receive 75% off your payroll subscription fee for the first 4 months from the date of signing up to QuickBooks Payroll. This is available if you sign up to QuickBooks Standard Payroll or QuickBooks Advanced Payroll. You will receive the discount on the subscription fee, there is no discount to the per employee fee.

This offer is only available to small business customers paying for their subscription themselves. This is available only to new payroll small business customers. You can be new to QuickBooks Online, or an existing customer of QuickBooks Online, who has not previously used either of our online payroll.

After the first 4 months your account will be charged on a monthly basis at the normal rate of £4/ month subscription fee + £1 per paid employee + VAT @ 20% for Standard Payroll or £8/ month subscription fee + £1 per paid employee + VAT @ 20% for Advanced Payroll, until you cancel.

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

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 4246.

*QuickBooks UK have temporarily changed our support hours due to the mandated travel and office restrictions. Please see temporary customer support opening times:

  • QuickBooks Online Phone – Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm.
  • QuickBooks Online Live Messaging – Monday to Friday 8am to 12am, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 8pm.
  • QuickBooks Self Employed Live Messaging – Monday to Friday 7am to 10pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am to 8pm.