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Warning from HMRC as up to 75% of businesses in some sectors haven't signed up for Making Tax Digital


Limited time to act as Making Tax Digital becomes mandatory for most companies with an annual turnover above £85,000

Warning from HMRC as up to 75% of businesses in some sectors haven't signed up for Making Tax Digital


"It is imperative that businesses that havent yet signed up take advice as soon as possible. This will help to avoid any sanctions that HMRC may apply in cases of perceived deliberate non-compliance"
John McCaffery, Partner, Alexander and Co



HMRC has confirmed that 75% of businesses in the financial sector still haven’t signed up to the government’s Making Tax Digital (MTD) before the August 2019 deadline. This is the highest percentage for any business sector.

Any companies with an annual turnover above £85,000 which have not already signed up for MTD are being urged by HMRC to do so before the 7 August 2019 VAT filing date.

The MTD rules became law for VAT periods starting on or after 1 April 2019.  This necessitates that most VAT-registered businesses with taxable turnover over £85,000 to keep their VAT records digitally and to submit their VAT return direct from MTD-compatible software.

John McCaffery, partner at chartered accountants, Alexander & Co, who is helping many companies in the sector prepare for the move to MTD explains “HMRC estimate that 1.2 million businesses in the UK are affected by the MTD rules, which became law for VAT periods starting on or after 1 April 2019. Most of these will be required to submit their first quarterly VAT return to HMRC by the 7 August 2019 digitally. If paying by Direct Debit, online registration must be by 29 July 2019.

“Whist 75% of companies in the financial sector are yet to sign up, across other sectors at least 50% are also yet to register. It is imperative that businesses that haven’t yet signed up take advice as soon as possible. This will help to avoid any sanctions that HMRC may apply in cases of perceived deliberate non-compliance.”

Alexander & Co can be contacted on 0161 832 4841 or by email info@alexander.co.uk for further assistance and can check if your company needs to become registered before this deadline.

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