Making Tax Digital


Making Tax Digital for VAT starts in April 2019. This section is packed with guides, toolkits, news updates and success stories to help you and your clients prepare.

Xero is MTD-ready (before you need to be)

We’re live with our Making Tax Digital for VAT solution, so you can start migrating clients ahead of the 1 April mandation date.

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News and resources

Get the latest updates and tips to help you and your clients prepare for Making Tax Digital.

Xero is MTD-ready now

Xero’s MTD for VAT solution is live – ahead of the 1 April mandation date.

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Frequently asked questions

Our FAQs tackle all your scary questions about MTD for VAT.

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Bridging software for MTD

Xero is adding a bridging solution to our suite of MTD-ready products

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MTD for VAT in five steps

Check out the five step guide to helping your clients get ready for MTD for VAT.

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MTD training with Xero

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

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Moving clients to MTD compatible software?

Easily convert data to Xero from select Sage and Quickbooks desktop and online products. It's on us.

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What’s in it for accountants and bookkeepers?

Making Tax Digital (MTD) will transform HMRC into one of the world’s most advanced and efficient tax administrations. As an accountant or bookkeeper, you can grow your business by ensuring your practice is MTD ready and preparing your clients. Other benefits 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.


Your no. 1 destination for MTD-compatible software

Xero is Britain’s leading online accounting software, and more than 1.5 million subscribers around the world use Xero to save time and get paid faster. With Xero, data is securely stored in the cloud. 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 and fintechs

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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 recognised 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 beta programme with customers to test the new technology. Using our software, hundreds of Xero partners have already successfully sent VAT submissions for their clients using Xero's software. 


Find out what it means for your clients

Making Tax Digital will change the way your clients work. Discover resources curated for them.

Business resources

Not yet a partner? Xero helps practices to thrive

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 insights show that Xero partners grow four times faster than the UK industry average - and your practice can benefit too.

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