The making Tax Digital (MTD) for value-added taxation initiative will come into effect by April this year. The law will only apply to VAT registered businesses or those above the VAT threshold of £85,000. Smaller firms that may wish to use the system can still do so, on a voluntary basis.
The primary purpose of the Making Tax Digital initiative is to develop a stable and efficient tax system that accurately shows the amount of tax business has to pay. The system works to reduce the errors in computation, providing a concise overview of tax data.
The system has many benefits to businesses, such as:
Enhances Overview of Information
The MTD for VAT scheme is beneficial to businesses because it offers an enhanced overview of information. Whilst the taxman will be able to gather all your data and information in one place, you can use this to your advantage. You can check with ease to see what this data holds from a variety of sources, such as employers, building societies and banks. In this respect, the system works to enhance transparency between all parties.
Tax in Real Time
All the information contained within the Making Tax Digital Software will be processed throughout the year. As a result, you’ll have an accurate idea about the amount of money you’ll be required to pay quite early. This means that you don’t need to wait until the day you’re submitting your returns to see the output, allowing you to plan on how to use the money at your disposal effectively. By getting real-time data on the tax to pay, you’re able to avoid getting into tax arrears. Also, you’ll be able to notice any mistakes that happen and address them early enough.
A Single Financial Account
With MTD you don’t have to look in multiple areas to access your financial data. Instead, HMRC is introducing a single financial account. By the year 2020, you’ll be able to get all of your financial reports and data directly in your digital account. With this feature, you can get complete access to the liabilities you need to pay and when to pay them. The account will also show clearly your entitlements, allowing you to plan and prepare your finances. There’s no longer the risk of your debts falling due together, without having the necessary funds secured in your account.
Your digital software will be linked directly to your HMRC systems, meaning you’ll be able to interact with HMRC’s systems at any time of the day or night, from anywhere. Your digital account will show a completely personalised report of your tax affairs and you’ll have full access to help and support through the dedicated web chat, ensuring that the software can be used with ease.
Making Tax Submissions
Individuals who have to pay tax will also be able to access all of their information from one central hub and make updates as needed. The system will give a granular overview, so you’ll get a good picture of the amount of personal tax that you’re likely to have to pay.
Learn More About Making Tax Digital
The MTD government initiative seeks to work towards a fully digital tax system by the year 2020 for all companies. Ensure that your business is fully up-to-date on the changes that you need to make and how they may affect your personal or business tax returns. Your business can also invest in industry-leading experts to develop a tax compliant system, keeping your financial solutions future-proofed for years to come.