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Is your business prepared for the 1st April 2019 Making Tax Digital deadline?
From 1 April 2019, new legislation from HMRC called Making Tax Digital (MTD) will require all VAT-registered business above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) to submit their VAT returns through commercial software and keep their records digitally.
Making Tax Digital is an initiative to help businesses simplify their tax submissions by using accounting software that can connect to HMRC’s systems to file a VAT return. Making tax digital will provide a modern, digital service to help businesses get their tax right, reduce mistakes and avoid expensive compliance involvement.
The Government’s aim for MTD is to make the process of submitting VAT information simpler and easier for individuals and businesses.
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You will need to ensure that your business is MTD compliant from the first day of your first VAT period that starts on or after 1 April 2019.
Sage has put together a simple interactive tool to help you to work out when your first MTD VAT submission should be made.
Your business must register for Making Tax Digital for VAT with HMRC in time for your VAT return deadline. Your business will not be enrolled automatically even though MTD for VAT is now mandatory, even if you have previously used the VAT portal website to file your VAT returns.
To register for Making Tax Digital you will need to log in with the Government Gateway account for your business. You might have used this login previously when filing VAT returns via the portal website.
If you don’t already have an account, you will be invited to create one, and will need an email address to do so. Once this process has been completed (which should only take a few minutes) you will be emailed a Government Gateway ID which will consist of a series of numbers.
To register for MTD with HMRC, you will need to input the following information when requested upon visiting the registration website:
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Sage has worked closely with the government on this new legislation and are one of the forefront partners in this new initiative, they have put together this helpful blog about everything you need to know about Making Tax Digital.
For current Sage customers there are two options:
To find out more download the Sage brochure on Making Tax Digital.
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Whichever option you decide to choose, Micross Logic are here to help and guide you through this new change.
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