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UK MTD pilot open to VAT groups

  • Jan 24, 2019 | Richard Asquith

UK MTD pilot open to VAT groups

HMRC has extended the Making Tax Digital for VAT pilot to members of VAT Groups.

MTD will require over 1 million businesses above the £85,000 VAT registration threshold to record and file their UK VAT returns from 1 April 2019. This includes submitted their 9-box VAT returns directly from accounting software or enabled spreadsheets to HMRC’s API-enabled platform. The pilot testing started last Spring 2018, initially for accounting software providers. It was opened to the public in October 2018.

The following VAT registered businesses remain excluded:

  • are part of a VAT Division
  • are based overseas
  • are a trust
  • are a not for profit organisation that is not set up as a company
  • submit annual returns
  • make VAT payments on account

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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 2020 Tax Technology Firm of the Year. Richard trained as an accountant with KPMG in the UK, and went on to work in Hungary, Russia and France with EY.
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