On the 19th December 2022 HMRC changed their minds yet again!!
In a Gov.uk announcement they said..
Understanding that self-employed individuals and landlords are currently facing a challenging economic environment, and the transition to Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self Assessment (ITSA) represents a significant change to taxpayers and HMRC for how self-employment and property income is reported, the government is giving a longer period to prepare for MTD. The mandatory use of software is therefore being phased in from April 2026, rather than April 2024.
From April 2026, self-employed individuals and landlords with an income of more than £50,000 will be required to keep digital records and provide quarterly updates on their income and expenditure to HMRC through MTD-compatible software. Those with an income of between £30,000 and £50,000 will need to do this from April 2027. Most customers will be able to join voluntarily beforehand meaning they can eliminate common errors and save time managing their tax affairs.
The government has also announced a review into the needs of smaller businesses, and particularly those under the £30,000 income threshold. The review will consider how MTD for ITSA can be shaped to meet the needs of these smaller businesses and the best way for them to fulfil their Income Tax obligations. It will also inform the approach for any further roll out of MTD for ITSA after April 2027.
Mandation of MTD for ITSA will not be extended to general partnerships in 2025 as previously announced. The government remains committed to introducing MTD for ITSA to partnerships in line with its vision set out in the government’s tax administration strategy.Government announces phased mandation of Making Tax Digital for ITSA – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
On the one hand I am sure many Landlords and the Self Employed will have celebrated this news, as in general, they aren’t ready and hate the idea of MTD.
On the other hand software providers and accountants who have spend considerable time and resources planning and getting ready will be disappointed, 2024 was going to be the year they had looked forward to when clients would be mandated to use software, no more January panics and bags of receipts.
What makes this particularly frustrating for everyone is that HMRC have moved the goals and timescale, this has happened at every stage of MTD. HMRC insist it will happen on the dates they set and then as the date gets closer they changes their mind!!