Making Tax Digital and VAT: getting ready for April

Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT is imminent. VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold are required to use the Making Tax Digital service to keep records digitally and use compatible software to submit their VAT returns from 1 April 2019.

HMRC has released a video on how to sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT. It has also compiled a list of VAT software that is already compatible.


If your business isn’t ready, we strongly advise that you start planning immediately and we would be happy to discuss options with you.

Could your business qualify for a deferral?

A number of businesses may now qualify for a deferral until 1 October 2019 but will need a letter from HMRC to confirm this. Where a business is not in receipt of this but understands that it qualifies, you should contact HMRC and make a note of the call.

The types of businesses that qualify for deferral include:

  • Not for profit organisations that are not set up as companies
  • VAT divisions
  • VAT groups
  • Various public organisations and local authorities
  • Traders based overseas
  • Those making payments on account
  • Those with an annual accounting scheme

MTD for VAT is only the first step in HMRC’s digital journey, even though further rollout to income tax and corporation tax is not expected before 2020 or possibly later. MTD is also an opportunity to review your accounting processes.

If you would like to have a call or meeting to discuss Making Tax Digital for VAT, please get in touch using our enquiry form.