Digital tax returns - Will you be affected?

  • by Carole Jordan
  • 23 May, 2016
Small business owner switching to digital tax return

HMRC have announced new information surrounding their future change to digital tax returns in their Making Tax Digital report . We’ve summarised the key points for you below.

Who will be affected by the change to digital tax returns?

In their report HMRC announced that unincorporated businesses with an income of £10,000 or more per year will be affected. Previously those types of businesses were not expected to keep digital records of their income, but now everyone will be expected to do so no matter what their level of income. This includes those of you who operate as landlords and receive rents of more than £10,000 per year.

Which software should you use?

The government has announced that they will be offering free apps to assist businesses in their transition. However, these types of apps may not be suitable for your business requirements, so a subscription to commercial software may be better. For more information on the types of software BusinessHeads recommends see our blog outlining the different Accounting systems available .

You may find that using an electronic system is more demanding initially, but we offer training in these areas so can work through any of the problems you’re having with you. Alternatively, it might be best to find yourself a trained bookkeeper with a working knowledge of these systems.

Although the primary deadline to have everything online by was 2020, within the Making Tax Digital report announced by HMRC it states that some businesses may need to comply by April 2018. At this time we don’t know which businesses this will include, it’s best to be ahead of the game and set yourself up on an online system now!

All details above were correct at the time of publishing - for more up to date information please get in touch .

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