MTD for VAT rules will apply to all VAT-registered clients from 1st April

On 1st April 2022, Making Tax Digital (MTD), the government’s initiative to implement a fully digital tax system within the UK, will reach a new milestone: all VAT-registered clients will be required to follow MTD for VAT rules. 

What are the rules?

MTD for VAT requires affected clients to keep digital records and file their VAT returns through MTD-compatible software like FreeAgent. Currently, only VAT-registered clients with a turnover above the VAT registration threshold of £85,000 a year are required to follow MTD for VAT rules.

What’s changing?

From 1st April 2022, all VAT-registered clients, regardless of turnover, will be required to follow MTD for VAT rules, and the option to file VAT returns through HMRC’s website will no longer be available. 

The estimated 1.1 million business owners who will be affected by this change, they will need to start using MTD-compatible software to: 

  • store their business records digitally
  • send their VAT returns to HMRC