Making Tax Digital – Are You Ready?
July 2019 marks the period that you have to submit your VAT returns using HMRC’s new Making Tax Digital (MTD) regime. Already Accountants, VAT registered businesses and HMRC are struggling to cope.
Take a look at Accounting Web’s report on how HMRC’s systems were already struggling in May – Read report here
If you have not addressed MTD you need to do this NOW!
Your accountant should have been in touch to make sure your systems allows you to send HMRC compatible VAT returns. You may have been offered a bridging software to read from Excel (or other non-compliant accounting products) to then transfer to HMRC. In our opinion this is a sticky plaster over an open wound and not a long term solution. You have probably been given this type of software because your accountant does not understand or is overstretched.
Our recommendation is that you use Xero or SageOne to manage your businesses finances. Both pieces of software are fully compatible with MTD. 1 Accounts are Making Tax Digital certified and can help you transfer your business over to software that will not only be compliant but save you heaps of time to.
You should make sure your accountant can help you through the process of transitioning you to online software, registering you for MTD and maintaining your VAT returns. HMRC have some guidance on their website we recommend reading – Read article here.
If your VAT return (period ending 30th June 2019) is not filed by the 7th of August 2019 you may get a fine from HMRC. It is unknown to us if HMRC’s systems will be able to cope with this months filings. Our advice would be don’t leave it till the last minute.