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Making Tax Digital for VAT - Use software to submit your VAT Returns

12/11/2018 15:25:11
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If you submit VAT Returns for a limited company, or if you’re a sole trader, you may be able to join the Making Tax Digital pilot for VAT.

HMRC is changing the way you submit your VAT Returns. From April 2019, most VAT registered businesses with a turnover above £85,000 must keep their VAT records digitally and use Making Tax Digital compatible software to submit their VAT Returns.

Instead of waiting until then, you can get compatible software now and try this new way of submitting your returns so you’re ready when the changes come in. By signing up to HMRC’s secure service, you’re helping test a new way of working as part of the Making Tax Digital pilot.

Please see this page on Gov.uk for more information, or you can watch our YouTube videos via the links below.

How does Making Tax Digital for VAT affect you? -
This video explains how Making Tax Digital for VAT will affect your business. From April 2019, Making Tax Digital for VAT will be mandatory for over 1 million VAT registered businesses.

How to sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT - This video explains the step-by-step process to sign up a business to Making Tax Digital for VAT. Over 1 million VAT registered businesses will need to sign up for Making Tax Digital.

Digital record keeping for VAT - This video explains what digital record keeping means as part of Making Tax Digital for VAT. Businesses are required to keep digital records as part of Making Tax Digital for VAT.

Making Tax Digital for VAT - What is compatible software? - This video explains the software you will need as part of Making Tax Digital for VAT. Businesses (or their agent) are required to use compatible software as part of Making Tax Digital for VAT.






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Making Tax Digital for VAT - Use software to submit your VAT Returns

13/11/2018 10:38:22
If I am able to extract all relevant data from our accounting system to Excel can this then be used to formulate the Making Tax Digital return? What form does the digital return ultimately take, e.g. csv file?
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13/11/2018 14:36:42
Hi, we spoke to HMRC a while ago and asked the same question about the file and they said yes to a .csv
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Re:Making Tax Digital for VAT - Use software to submit your VAT Returns

13/11/2018 16:38:10
Hi,

Thanks for your question.

All current information in regard to Making Tax Digital for VAT is in the links provided below and in particular please refer to our VAT Notice 700/22, where it indicates CSV's can be used as digital links for transfer of data.

The information in these links must be carefully read and followed, as we cannot elaborate any further than this guidance provided.

VAT notice 700/22: Making Tax Digital for VAT

Making Tax Digital for VAT

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15/11/2018 09:07:10
I have been trying for weeks to get people signed up to MTD so that I can start using the system, but the Government Gateway account just says "this service is not available yet".

Very frustrating to be encouraging us to start something when it's not even been switched on at HMRC!
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15/11/2018 12:04:48
Thanks for your feedback.

We have a pilot scheme running at present for businesses and agents to sign up to, but there are certain criteria.

Please see the links below:

Use software to submit your VAT Returns

Agents: use software to submit VAT Returns

I hope this helps.
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22/11/2018 07:43:52
Our Business has a Group VAT Registration. Our Auditors have advised that for companies with a Group VAT Registration, the date for the introduction of MTDfV will be October 2018, rather than April 2018. However I haven't found anything to confirm this on the HMRC website. Could you let me know whether this is correct or not please?
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22/11/2018 14:45:18
VAT say that the flat rate VAT scheme continues, and you only need to have digitalised sales invoices, but I can find no practical information as to how this will practically work
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22/11/2018 15:27:46
Hi,

In response to the group registration query.

Yes for group registration there is a deferral until October 2019.

The following link shows the details of this:

Making Tax Digital for Business- stakeholder communications pack


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22/11/2018 16:07:42
Hi,

In response to the flat rate scheme query.

There is a section in our Making Tax Digital notice that talks about the flat rate scheme and digital record keeping VAT notice 700/22 section 3.6.

VAT notice 700/22: Making Tax Digital for VAT



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23/11/2018 12:19:14
I am unable to get any sense out of HMRC as to how we are supposed to make our hand-written ledgers 'digital' - does anyone know as HMRC do not. I already use the online VAT submission service, which I presume is digital - to do this I transfer the VAT Cash in/out from our ledger to an Open office Spread Sheet - doeas anyone know if we are just allowed to email that to HMRC? What with BREXIT destroying our export business this digital diktat is just too much!
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23/11/2018 13:24:48
All current information in regards to Making Tax Digital for VAT is in the following links on our website, in particular VAT notice 700/22 talks about how to keep your records digitally.

Section 3.2.1 of VAT notice 700/22 talks about digital links and what HMRC will accept as digital.

VAT notice 700/22: Making Tax Digital for VAT

Making Tax Digital for VAT

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26/11/2018 08:09:19
Hi,
we are a small business and use a excel spreadsheet to do our VAT Return.
Will there be any free software available? like the PAYE one. Or can we just provide a summary via a csv file.
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26/11/2018 09:55:47
Hi,

Thanks for your question.

Please see the following link for ALL information in regard to Making Tax Digital for VAT, including a list of compatible software providers.

Making Tax Digital for VAT

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28/11/2018 07:32:22
Hello,

All the guidance I have been reading from HMRC state that business with a turn over in excess of the VAT threshold need to sign up for MTD. It also states that businesses with a turnover less than the threshold, that have registered for VAT voluntarily, can also register for MTD voluntarily.
My business is well below the threshold, I am only registered because that is what my customers want. I do not want to go down the route of special software, certainly not if it mans an additional overhead to my small business.
As I am below the VAT threshold please confirm that I can carry on submitting my return manually via the online form.