Making Tax Digital for Income Tax
As well as Making Tax Digital for VAT, HMRC are also concentrating on Making Tax Digital for Income Tax.
This is the first big change regarding the information required for a Tax Return and HMRC has had a public pilot running since March 2018. At the moment, the pilot is limited to the following taxpayers:
- Sole traders with income from one business
- Landlords renting out UK property (excluding furnished holiday lettings)
If these are the only sources of income, the pilot can be used instead of filing a Self Assessment Tax Return.
How does it work?
As with MTD for VAT, one of the main requirements of MTD for Income Tax is the necessity to keep a digital record of income and expenses. This can still be via a spreadsheet, as long as the data is imported digitally into the software used to send a summary of income and expenses to HMRC.
A summary of income and expenses must be sent to HMRC every three months. Using the information that has been sent, HMRC can then provide an estimate of the tax liability. A final report needs to be sent to HMRC, which confirms the income and expenses of the accounting year. At this point, a claim for allowances and reliefs can also be made and a final tax calculation obtained.
Although there is an obligation to send income and expense information every 3 months, it is possible to send an update to HMRC more often, for example, if a more up-to-date tax estimate is required.
What is TaxCalc doing to help businesses?
We are actively working on solutions, as recognised by HMRC, to make the transition into MTD for Income Tax as seamless as possible. Initially we will be providing a method to submit your periodic updates to HMRC and enhancing the range from there. We are also keen to develop transactional record keeping, in time, as a solution for the digital record keeping requirements to assist in the submission of quarterly updates to HMRC.