Making Tax Digital


Tax is changing for businesses, accountants and bookkeepers. Learn why digital finance management is becoming mandatory and make it work for you before the deadline.

What is Making Tax Digital?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) is part of the government’s plan to make it easier for businesses to stay on top of their day-to-day accounts. HMRC wants to be one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world – improving efficiency, effectiveness and ease of compliance. The plans signal the end of paper accounting for millions across Britain.

From April 2019, legislation will require businesses above the VAT threshold to set up a digital tax account and file quarterly returns online. Preparation starts now, with businesses and accountants moving online to improve efficiency, boost profitability and make the transition painless.

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More transparent

Communications with HMRC will become automated, making it crucial to maintain up-to-date accounts.

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More accurate

Tax summaries will need to be submitted at least quarterly through software – giving HMRC an accurate view of accounts.

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More digital

Businesses over the VAT threshold will need to use software to submit their tax returns as soon as April 2019.

When does it all happen?

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Find out what HMRC’s new timeline means for you:

How do I prepare for MTD?

Accountants and bookkeepers

Get all you need to prepare for Making Tax Digital today.

Advisor resources
Small businesses

Find out how to make managing VAT quick and easy, starting now.

Business resources

Top tips and best reads

Learn more about how to prepare for online filing for small businesses or accountants and bookkeepers.

What’s Xero’s role in MTD?

Preparing for digital tax starts with managing business accounts online – it makes the transition seamless and business more efficient.

Xero is Britain’s leading online accounting software, and over 1 million subscribers around the world use Xero save time and get paid faster.

Having consulted with HMRC on Making Tax Digital, Xero is committed to supporting small businesses and their advisors through the transition.

Learn more about Xero
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