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Avalara MTD Filer FREE tool for HMRC’s MTD

  • Oct 3, 2018 | Richard Asquith

Avalara MTD Filer FREE tool for HMRC’s MTD

From 1 April 2019, more than 1 million VAT-registered businesses will be required to digitize their accounting and VAT filing for the new HMRC Making Tax Digital (MTD) requirements. This ends manual keying-in of VAT return data on HMRC’s existing online VAT platform, which HMRC says is used for 88% of current VAT filings. HMRC will not provide software support for the mandatory changes.

Avalara has announced its new MTD Filer, a free Microsoft Excel Add-In to help businesses and charitable organisations of any size file their returns in accordance with the new HMRC obligations. The tool can be installed and used on Excel 10 and above - it is not compatible with Apple operating products. The Add-In enables both sending and receiving data via HMRC via API, making it simple for a business to file its VAT returns, and retrieve filing obligations, liabilities, and payment history.   A business just simply links it to existing Excel VAT data, and click “File” within the tool to submit.

There are no charges for using Avalara's MTD Filer. Avalara does not retain, nor has access, to any VAT data used via MTD Filer.

MTD Filer helps businesses of all sizes with UK VAT returns

MTD Filer helps:

  • Small enterprises using manual or spreadsheet-based records will not need to invest in approved accounting packages, and can use their existing records
  • Businesses with multiple accounting systems with VAT data that is today consolidated via Excel before manual keying need not develop new software upgrades or bridges
  • Group VAT returns for companies which have to first consolidate multi-subsidiary data in Excel prior to manual HMRC uploads can continue with no new reconfigurations

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VP Global Indirect Tax
Richard Asquith
VP Global Indirect Tax Richard Asquith
Richard Asquith is VP Global Indirect Tax at Avalara, helping businesses understand their compliance obligations as they grow globally. He can be contacted at: richard.asquith@avalara.com. He is part of the European leadership team which won International Tax Review's 2019 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard qualified as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.

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