Making Tax Digital – delay for some VAT businesses

Making Tax Digital – delay for some VAT businesses

Wednesday, 24 October 2018

We previously reported that from 1 April 2019, VAT registered businesses with a turnover above the VAT registration threshold (currently £85,000) will be required to keep digital records, and submit their VAT returns via the Making Tax Digital for Businesses (MTDfB) system.

HMRC has announced a delay to the introduction of mandatory Making Tax Digital (MTD) of six months, until 1 October 2019, for a small group of businesses with more complex requirements.

The 6-month deferral applies to businesses which fall into one of the following categories:

  • Trusts
  • Unincorporated ‘not for profit’ organisations
  • VAT divisions and VAT groups
  • Public sector entities required to provide additional information on their VAT return (Government departments, NHS Trusts)
  • Local authorities
  • Public corporations
  • Traders based overseas
  • Those required to make payments on account
  • Annual accounting scheme users

For all other businesses the commencement date for MTD is still 1 April 2019.

Either way VAT registered businesses with turnover below the registration threshold will not be mandated to use the system until April 2020 at the earliest, however, they can voluntarily choose to do so beforehand.

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