I have noted a few comments within this forum and within news articles of this site that claim Making Tax Digital for VAT bridging software is only a temporary solution. We can put that claim to rest once and for all with official statements from HMRC. Below are the sources and comments made by HMRC:
MTD Developer Newsletter:
“While we welcome all of your assistance with raising MTD awareness we have also received a small number of complaints about some developer material suggesting that bridging products will be unsupported after 2020. This is incorrect, we have no plans to stop supporting bridging solutions.”
Direct email in reply to a question asking if bridging software is only a temporary solution until April 2020:
“We couldn’t remove bridging products that quickly even if we wanted to. It would require giving business notice that they have to change the way they file.”
Hopefully both these comments give businesses the confidence in being able to use MTD bridging solutions (that offer a link to MTD from spreadsheets and non-MTD complaint accounting software) for the long term.