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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 9533

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 9533

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 9533.

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 9533.

*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 9533.

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

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When do I need to submit VAT via Making Tax Digital?

Not sure when you need to start submitting VAT returns via MTD? The table below shows you what you need to do and when.

The action you need to take depends on two factors:

Convert estimates to invoices

Whether you’re MTD registered via HMRC

Convert estimates to invoices

Whether your VAT files are in a digital format

Current VAT period: starting before 1 April 2022

MTD-registered via HMRCAre your VAT files in a digital format?Customer Action (VAT return)1st full VAT period starting after 1 April 2022
MTD-registered via HMRC
No
Are your VAT files in a digital format?
No
Customer Action (VAT return)
File through HMRC
1st full VAT period starting after 1 April 2022
Need to:
  • Register for MTD with HMRC
  • Convert VAT files into digital format
MTD-registered via HMRC
No
Yes
Customer Action (VAT return)
Can submit your VAT return through HMRC or register for MTD via HMRC and then submit via MTD compatible software
1st full VAT period starting after 1 April 2022
If filing current VAT period through HMRC, you must then register for MTD with HMRC and file via MTD compatible software
MTD-registered via HMRC
Yes
Are your VAT files in a digital format?
No
Customer Action (VAT return)
Must submit your VAT return via MTD compatible software, but need to digitalise VAT files first
1st full VAT period starting after 1 April 2022
No further action (you are MTD compliant)
MTD-registered via HMRC
Yes
Are your VAT files in a digital format?
Yes
Customer Action (VAT return)
Must submit your VAT return via MTD compatible software
1st full VAT period starting after 1 April 2022
No further action (you are MTD compliant)

Need more support?

Our guide will walk you through the process of registering for MTD with HMRC and submitting your VAT returns the MTD compliant way in QuickBooks.

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

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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 70% discount off the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Simple Start or 70% discount off the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Essentials or 70% discount off the current monthly price for QuickBooks Online Plus 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 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 70% discount off 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 70% off the current monthly subscription price for QuickBooks Standard or QuickBooks Advanced Payroll for the first 3 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 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.

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*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.
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