Making Tax Digital


From April 2019, your clients above the VAT threshold of £85k will need to file VAT returns online using HMRC compatible software. This hub is packed with information and resources to help you understand the impact on your practice and clients ahead of the deadline.

What’s in it for advisors?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) will transform HMRC into one of the world’s most advanced and efficient tax administrations. As an agent, you can grow your business by telling prospective clients your practice is MTD ready. Other benefits for accountants and bookkeepers include:

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Reducing errors in client VAT returns by keeping accurate digital records

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Helping your existing clients to meet their new MTD for VAT obligations

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Providing a more proactive service with access to live client data

Click here to find out more about promoting your MTD readiness in the advisory directory.

Register your interest in Xero’s Making Tax Digital for VAT beta

Xero has been participating in HMRC’s MTD for VAT pilot since July, successfully submitting live VAT Returns for businesses using the beta version of Xero’s MTD functionality. Sign up here to indicate your interest in being part of it all.

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MTD for VAT in five easy steps

Ahead of April 2019 Making Tax Digital (MTD) deadline, now is the time to help your clients realise the benefits of cloud accounting software. Check out our five easy steps and help your clients get ready for MTD for VAT.

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Your no.1 destination for MTD-compatible software

Xero is Britain’s leading online accounting software, and over 1 million subscribers around the world use Xero to save time and get paid faster. With Xero, data is securely stored in the cloud and clients also benefit from the ability to:

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Manage accounts from anywhere, on any device

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Invoice customers on the go, then pay bills and staff with ease

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Rely on fast feeds directly from the UK’s leading banks

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Manage accounts using 700+ connected apps

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Add unlimited users for free with no hidden fees

No upgrade fees and no updates to install

Xero is proud to be listed by HMRC as software that will be compatible with MTD for VAT. Additional functionality will be available to customers at no extra cost and with no need to install any updates.

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Delivering a beautiful experience with HMRC

We’re collaborating with HMRC to enhance our existing VAT experience, participating in HMRC’s closed beta with customers who meet specific criteria to test the new technology. Using our software, the first partners have already successfully sent VAT submissions.


We will open the beta up to more partners and businesses throughout 2018. If you are a Xero partner interested in participating in the open beta, please contact your account manager. If you’re not yet a partner, find out more about the partner programme here.

Making Tax Digital (MTD) update with HMRC

Hear from HMRC in our recent joint webinar to understand the impact of the VAT Notice (700/22), common questions on Making Tax Digital, how to set up your agent services account and what’s on their roadmap.

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Resources for accountants and bookkeepers

To help you make sense of it all, we’ve curated a collection of handy guides with the essential information on Making Tax Digital and online financial management.

MTD for VAT in five easy steps

Check out our five easy steps to helping your clients get ready for MTD for VAT.

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MTD Learning Journey

Get up to speed on MTD and earn the new MTD Ready badge giving your clients peace of mind.

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MTD Communication Toolkit

Get your practice and clients ready for MTD with our communication toolkit. 

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Q&A: Accountants on the Xero MTD solution

Hear from the accountants who have tested the Xero Making Tax Digital solution.

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Xero named MTD supplier by HMRC

After successful trials, Xero has been listed as a software supplier for Making Tax Digital.

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Get your team in shape for MTD

Learn how a few simple steps can help you make the most of the MTD opportunity.

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MTD: Your questions answered

We’re here to make sure you’re kept fully up to speed with what we’re up to at Xero.

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Why operating online is the future

Find out why leading accountants are taking their practices online to thrive.

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Online accountants get great clients

Learn why online accountants are attracting great clients and see how you can join them.

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Find out what it means for your clients

Making Tax Digital will change the way many small businesses work, but what does it mean for your clients? Discover resources curated for clients in our small business resource centre.

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Xero helps practices to thrive

Digital software can help practices to grow, and there’s no better example than Xero – online accounting software that makes your processes more efficient and profitable.

Submit online VAT returns

Xero makes it easy to submit VAT returns online – with simple, accurate tracking.

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Run your practice from one place

Xero HQ gives you the tools you need to get your processes humming, all in one place.

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Solutions for clients of all sizes

Move your smallest clients off spreadsheets and onto Xero with Ledger and Cashbook.

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Our recent research showed that Xero partners grow four times faster than the UK industry average – and your practice can benefit too. The first step to building a better practice is to join the Xero partner programme.

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