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Making Tax Digital (MTD) Live Testing Scheduled for 22 April

Published by Chirag
Published Date: April 19, 2024

HMRC is set to kick off the pilot phase of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for income tax self-assessment on 22 April. Craig Ogilvie, the Director of MTD, has communicated with agents, notifying them about the upcoming opportunity to participate in testing. The objective of the live testing is to ensure that the service aligns with the requirements of agents and their clients.

MTD Pilot Program Encourages Accountants and Bookkeepers

Accountants and bookkeepers are encouraged by HMRC to join the private beta testing, with a focus on preparing for the future of tax management. This initiative will equip them with the necessary tools ahead of the mandatory changes, including access to dedicated MTD customer support.

Making Tax Digital (MTD)

To take part in the trial, agents must have an agent services account (ASA) and will receive comprehensive guidance from HMRC during the week commencing April 22, 2024. Participating agents will be required to onboard clients by that date, utilising compatible software to maintain digital records and submit quarterly updates.

HMRC will initially target firms whose clients are self-employed or landlords with an annual income surpassing £50,000 for the pilot program. These individuals will need to keep digital records and provide quarterly updates starting from April 2026, with the income threshold decreasing to £30,000 by April 2027.

Transitioning to MTD: Simplifying Tax Management

The transition to MTD will consolidate all UK tax liabilities into a unified platform known as the enterprise tax management platform (ETMP), streamlining access to tax-related information for individuals and businesses in one centralised location.

This proactive shift aims to modernise tax management, minimising errors and ensuring accuracy from the outset rather than encountering issues later on. Ultimately, MTD for Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) will serve to prevent errors and misunderstandings that could potentially lead to complications during tax inquiries.

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