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Published:September 9, 2022

HMRC urges UK businesses to use compatible VAT software

UK businesses now have to comply with the rigorous requirements of Making Tax Digital for VAT. But there’s good news: MTD for VAT makes compliance simple and cost-effective. However, to take advantage of the new system and avoid penalties, you need the right technology for the job.

HMRC urges UK businesses to use compatible VAT software

UK tax authorities have issued a checklist to help you avoid penalties when complying with Making Tax Digital for VAT. 

The new electronic tax system can help businesses manage their VAT more efficiently, if they follow basic guidelines. 

Why you need fully compatible VAT software 

The UK’s Making Tax Digital system now extends to all VAT-registered businesses. 

Authorities say MTD for VAT makes compliance simpler and more cost-effective. And for many businesses, it does precisely that. However, there’s an important caveat. Research shows that MTD is only more efficient when businesses use fully compatible software. 

According to the new HMRC checklist, using the appropriate software when filing VAT returns is a critical part of meeting new compliance rules.

According to HMRC, “if you file your returns, but do not use functional compatible software, we may charge you a penalty of up to £400 for every return you file.”

Digital record keeping is mandatory

In order to comply with MTD for VAT, businesses are also obliged to keep digital records of transactions. 

Records must indicate a comprehensive set of data. This includes VAT on goods and services supplied, VAT on goods and services received, and the time of value of supply for each item you bought or sold.  

If you do not keep digital records, you may be charged a penalty. 

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Get in touch with VAT IT for the support, strategic advice and technology you need to stay two steps ahead of changing VAT regulations. 



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