Making tax digital successfully started from April 2019.HMRC have launched their online marketing campaign to raise awareness of the new system to small and medium business owners.
There are some criticism from professionals including accountants of the lack of preparation, support and advice from HMRC ahead of the changes. Lack of Knowledge has been felt despite HMRC working closely with software providers to help them to bring a wide range of MTD products to the market.
The recent update includes a webpage with information including the new HMRC VAT notice, details on the MTD VAT pilot, as well as an outline of the measures for their new scheme . It also contains a communications pack designed to support businesses and agents preparing for MTD with source material and information which can be used to support any letters, articles, presentations, social media activity, or web content planned by stakeholders.
The guidance follows on from recent ICAEW research that found that nearly 40% of businesses who will be impacted by the April 2019 legislation are still unaware of exactly what MTD is! So does this new documentation provide additional clarity that businesses and representatives have been asking for?
HMRC have begun to push on their social media stages including twitter where they link to their guidance pages for small business owners.
One of the aspects outlined within this new regulation is the VAT Notice 700/22: Making Tax Digital for VAT. This notice includes–
- Who needs to follow the MTD rules and from when.
- The digital records businesses must keep
- How businesses must use software to keep digital records and file their returns from those digital records
Guidance on software still is still somewhat patchy. HMRC will not indorse until later in the year those software providers that will be accepted under the new scheme when the private pilot becomes public.
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