Small businesses still aren’t sure about MTD

20th Aug 2019
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We take a look at the state of MTD for VAT after the deadline for August returns.

YouGov’s latest poll figures indicate 32% of businesses are now on Making Tax Digital and ready for the change. But 12% said they haven’t heard of the MTD initiative. A total of 502 decision-makers from a small business with up to 9 employees were polled for the latest YouGov data.

Separate figures from UHY Hacker Young indicate that 3,680 businesses have missed the August VAT return deadline, with almost 600,000 businesses still to sign up.

Moving to digital tax

When it comes to spending due to MTD, 27% of companies have purchased new accounting software to be compliant, and 28% reported that they are expecting to spend more money on their tax affairs.

With BTCHub, you can continue to use your current method of bookkeeping and use the software to bridge the gap to HMRC. You can continue to use Excel, for example, and be MTD-compliant using BTCHub to transfer your VAT totals to HMRC. You can take a look at how it works with this YouTube video.

Of the 54% of senior decision-makers yet to move to digital tax, a third (31%) report that they feel unprepared for the move and 46% of them have consulted or engaged an accountant to help them prepare. 

MTD preparation

Bridging solutions such as BTCHub help accountants accept their clients’ bookkeeping figures from their usual software and use BTCHub as a central VAT management system.

Making Tax Digital for VAT penalties

MTD for VAT was introduced for accounting periods starting on or after April 1st 2019. This means a majority of the 1.2 million affected businesses were due to submit their first quarterly return on August 7th. HMRC have already advised that they will not be issuing penalties for companies that missed the Direct Debit sign up, but there are no updates yet around penalties for missing the deadline for VAT returns.

How can we help?

It’s not too late to be MTD ready, and it’s easier than you think. Find our handy MTD for VAT toolkit here and if you’d like to discuss BTCHub, call our team on 0345 241 5030 or email [email protected]