Early warning from Saffery Champness that HMRC is to extend reach of MTD for VAT to all VAT registered businesses

Aug 6, 2020

HMRC has recently updated its Making Tax Digital (MTD) guidance to reflect that, from 1 April 2022, all businesses registered for VAT in the UK will need to comply with MTD and file their VAT returns through functionally compatible software that links to HMRC’s API platform. Currently, only those businesses whose taxable turnover exceeds £85,000 need to file their VAT returns in this way.

Hannah Mazrae, Director at Saffery Champness says, “This move will force the remainder of the VAT registered population not already filing under MTD to reconsider their VAT filing processes and to prepare to adopt a new process to comply with MTD rules. This includes micro-business with a very small turnover and also businesses whose supplies are outside the scope of UK VAT because of the place of supply.

“Whilst the move will provide certainty across the board, it will mean businesses and agents will have to navigate the rather cumbersome registration and authorisation process in all instances. It is hoped HMRC will recognise some improvements to the registration process would be helpful ahead of these changes and take appropriate action.”

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