Making Tax Digital is a key part of the government’s plans to make it easier for individuals and businesses to get their tax right and keep on top of their affairs.
HMRC’s ambition is to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world. Making Tax Digital is making fundamental changes to the way the tax system works – transforming tax administration so that it is: more effective, more efficient and easier for taxpayers to get their tax right
Review and research
The government has published a comprehensive evaluation of the introduction of the Making Tax Digital programme.
We have also published a number of research reports commissioned by HMRC to explore a wide range of subjects relating to Making Tax Digital:
Impact of Making Tax Digital for VAT
Exploring views of business reporting errors to support Making Tax Digital upstream compliance
Exploring business Income Tax errors and how these can be addressed within software design
Monitoring business’ awareness of Making Tax Digital
Monitoring agents’ awareness of Making Tax Digital
Making Tax Digital: letter testing
Making Tax Digital: late submission penalty models
Exploring complex businesses’ tax processes and readiness for Making Tax Digital
Evaluating Making Tax Digital’s impact on record keeping behaviour and scope for error among small businesses
Exploring the costs and benefits of Making Tax Digital for VAT experienced by smaller businesses
Exploring voluntary sign-up to Making Tax Digital for VAT
Making Tax Digital: Exploring the barriers and enablers to becoming compliant
Making Tax Digital for VAT
VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (£85,000) are now required to follow the Making Tax Digital rules by keeping digital records and using software to submit their VAT returns.
If you are below the VAT threshold you can voluntarily join the Making Tax Digital service now.
VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover below £85,000 will be required to follow Making Tax digital rules for their first return starting on or after April 2022.