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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

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, this will be extended 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 to all VAT-registered businesses

April 2024:

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

If you’re VAT-registered you’ll soon 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

What do I need to do now?

Not a small business or self-employed? Check our MTD page for accountants & bookkeepers

Making Tax Digital
compliance checker*

46% of businesses wrongly believe they’re MTD-compliant. Answer up to five simple questions to understand if you’re ready for MTD.

Is your business VAT-registered?

What is your annual turnover?

Have you signed up for Making Tax Digital for VAT?

Have you signed up for Making Tax Digital for VAT?

How do you submit your VAT returns?

It looks like you're not affected by Making Tax Digital yet

As your business isn’t registered for VAT, you won’t need to comply with Making Tax Digital until April 2024. That's when MTD for Self Assessment Income Tax will be introduced for the self employed and landlords with annual income of £10,000 or more. But the earlier you get used to keeping digital records, the better.

QuickBooks helps your business get ready to comply with the upcoming government regulations – and makes managing your business finances a whole lot easier. Find out more about our HMRC-recognised Making Tax Digital software

You could be fined for not complying with Making Tax Digital

From April 2019, almost all VAT-registered businesses with an annual taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85k have been required to submit their VAT returns following Making Tax Digital rules.

So if you haven’t registered for Making Tax Digital yet (and you're not exempt) you might be risking a fine.

Here's how to sign up for Making Tax Digital You'll also need to sign up to MTD-compatible accounting software such as QuickBooks and authorise your accounting software to connect with HMRC.

QuickBooks makes it easy to stay on the right side of HMRC. You should also save around 8 hours a month managing your business finances.

Not sure if you already signed up for Making Tax Digital?

These guides might jog your memory.

From April 2019, almost all VAT-registered businesses with an annual taxable turnover above the VAT threshold of £85k have been required to submit their VAT returns following Making Tax Digital rules.

So if you haven’t registered for Making Tax Digital yet (and you're not exempt) you might be risking a fine.

Still stuck? Call our MTD Hotline on 0808 168 4238

Get up to speed with Making Tax Digital as soon as possible

Unless you're exempt from Making Tax Digital for VAT, you’ll need to comply by April 2022. That means signing up for MTD and using a compatible software package (such as QuickBooks) that connects to HMRC systems.

Take the pressure off by getting up to speed well ahead of the deadline and start saving hours of admin time every month.

Find out how QuickBooks can help

Not sure if you've already signed up for Making Tax Digital?

These guides might jog your memory.

Unless you're exempt from Making Tax Digital for VAT, you'll need to comply by April 2022.

Still stuck? Call our MTD Hotline on 0808 168 4238

How to make sure you're complying with MTD

To make sure you’re compliant with MTD for VAT, please check that:

  • you're transferring VAT records into your accounting or bridging software without using 'cut & paste' or another manual method
  • your accounting software is listed on the HMRC website as MTD-compatible

Need help? Learn more about Making Tax Digital or speak to one of our experts on 0808 168 4238.

With QuickBooks’ free data import tools you could soon be saving around 8 hours a month with smart tools like the VAT error checker.

A few things to check with your accountant

To make sure you're MTD compliant, check that your accountant has:

to submit your VAT return.

Ask your accountant about QuickBooks’ HMRC-recognised Making Tax Digital software. With our free data import tools you can be set up in a matter of minutes.

Need help? Learn more about Making Tax Digital or speak to one of our experts on 0808 168 4238.

*The results provided are only indicative of whether you are compliant with Making Tax Digital. MTD eligibility and compliance is ultimately decided by HMRC. For more information about MTD requirements please check the HMRC website. Independent research conducted on behalf of Intuit QuickBooks by Opinium of 500 VAT registered UK small businesses with 0-49 employees, April 2019.

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Why switch to QuickBooks now

It won’t be long before all UK businesses will need to comply with Making Tax Digital. When the time comes, your digital records will already be stored in QuickBooks and you can submit your VAT return directly to HMRC. We’ll also make it easy for you to:

Stay on top of taxes

Track income and expenses

Invoice on the spot

Power through Payroll

Sync your bank account, credit cards and apps

See transactions in real time

Need help with Making Tax Digital? Call the MTD hotline on 0808 168 4238.

Hotline hours: Mon to Thu - 9am to 5.30pm | Fri - 9am to 4.30pm

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Get MTD updates straight to your inbox

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.

MTD with QuickBooks

MTD for QuickBooks customers

Already using QuickBooks? Good news! Your existing QuickBooks Online subscription has everything you need to comply with Making Tax Digital for VAT. It takes just 3 steps:

Sign up for Making Tax Digital on HMRC’s website. You’ll need your Government Gateway user login details and information about your business, including your VAT number.

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

Sign in to QuickBooks and enable MTD in the Taxes tab.

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

Authorise us to interact with HMRC by entering your user ID and password.

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

The data you’ve uploaded into QuickBooks is then automatically pulled into your return, populating all the 9 boxes of your VAT return with everything in the right place. If everything looks OK, select submit, and wait for the message that HMRC has received it. You’ll also get a confirmation email from us.

It really is that simple.

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

Making Tax Digital with QuickBooks

QuickBooks is HMRC-recognised Making Tax Digital software for keeping digital records and making VAT submissions to HMRC.

All you need for MTD and more

Prepare, track and file VAT returns in an MTD-compliant way. Track income and expenses. Invoice on the spot. Manage payroll and sync your bank account, credit cards and apps to get a clear view of your cash flow.

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

Error check your VAT

The VAT error checker in QuickBooks scans your VAT for common mistakes. Spot duplicates, inconsistent VAT codes and missing transactions - all at the click of a button.

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

Get expert help from real people

Award-winning UK-based QuickBooks experts are on-hand 7 days a week. We offer phone support, live chat and screen sharing - all completely free.

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

Need help with Making Tax Digital? Call the MTD hotline on 0808 168 4238.

Hotline hours: Mon to Thu - 9am to 5.30pm | Fri - 9am to 4.30pm

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Customer stories

Discover how small businesses are getting to grips with MTD with QuickBooks. See how using our HMRC-recognised accounting software has helped them be compliant and given them new confidence in their VAT Returns.

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Still using spreadsheets?

QuickBooks’ Bridging Software makes it easy for spreadsheet users to comply with HMRC.

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Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

"Doing my VAT return was something I used to set aside a whole afternoon for. I can do it in 30 minutes now.""

Emma Astles
Papagaio Limited

Save hours on every submission

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.

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

Always know how much you owe

Avoid any nasty surprises – QuickBooks shows you the VAT you owe in real-time. We’ll also track your Income Tax and National Insurance, giving you an estimate.

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

Effortless expenses, unlimited invoicing

Cut hours of data entry when you manage your business expenses with receipt capture, mileage tracking, and real-time bank feeds at no extra cost. Customisable invoicing is included too, with no monthly cap.

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks
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More about MTD

What is Making Tax Digital (MTD)?

Understand what MTD is, why HMRC introduced it and what it might mean for your business.

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What do I need to do now?

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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.

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. To inquire further about the bulk-pricing discount offer, please call 0808 168 4246.

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