New MTD ‘map’ reveals Income Tax and SA details

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By Jenny Strudwick | 21st July 2020 | 14 min read

New draft legislation to extend Making Tax Digital – including applying it to Income Tax Self-Assessment - was revealed by the Government today.

Details on when income tax would be incorporated into MTD have been eagerly awaited for some while.

Officials have released a new MTD 'roadmap', alongside draft legislation for The Finance Bill 2020-21.

What does the plan include?

The programme will be extended to:

  • taxpayers who file income tax self-assessment tax returns for business or property income over £10,000 annually from April 2023
  • all VAT registered businesses with turnover below the VAT threshold (£85,000) from April 2022

What else is included?

HMRC will expand its pilot service from April 2021 to allow businesses and landlords to test the full end-to-end service before the requirement to join.

Setting out a timetable to 2023, “allows businesses, landlords and agents time to plan, and gives software providers enough notice to bring new Making Tax Digital products to market, including free software for businesses with the simplest tax affairs,” the Government said.

How does it fit in to the bigger picture?

HMRC said, so far, more than 1.4 million taxpayers are successfully using MTD for VAT – including over 30% of VAT-registered businesses with turnover below the VAT threshold who have joined voluntarily.

Officials said the MTD expansion was part of the Treasury’s long-term tax digitisation plan – “designed to boost national productivity, make it easier for businesses and people to pay tax and reduce avoidable errors and fraud”.

The Ministerial Statement cited independent research commissioned by HMRC. This showed businesses within MTD, which fully integrate their accounting and tax software, report spending less time on their tax. Micro-businesses who use software to manage their accounts have over 10% higher productivity, according to the Enterprise Research Centre.

The Government estimates that £8.5 billion was lost revenue due to ‘avoidable errors’ in 18/19 and says digital tools will reduce this. Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Jesse Norman, believes the MTD expansion “has huge potential to improve the productivity of our economy, and its resilience in times of crisis.”

What is IRIS doing?

At IRIS, we have always prided ourselves on being ahead of legislative change in 41 years of making software for accountants.

In 2018, IRIS became the first software vendor to be listed as approved by HMRC for MTD filing. Rowleys Chartered Accountants, a long-time IRIS customer, became the first UK accountancy practice to complete a quarterly MTD filing submission using IRIS Personal Tax.

We’ll continue to work closely alongside HMRC, and we’ll ensure every change included in the MTD expansion is reflected in our tax software.

About the author

Jenny Strudwick

Senior Product Manager

Jenny is Senior Product Manager for Tax at IRIS. She has been with IRIS for over 18 years working across many different departments including Support, Engineering and now Product Management. During this time she has been instrumental in major tax changes from FBI to iXBRL and now MTD. Jenny works closely with HMRC on major changes in taxation especially now as they develop their MTD strategy. Prior to joining IRIS, Jenny spent a number of years in practice and has now accumulated over 21 years’ experience in UK taxation.