MTD COMING SOON FOR INCOME TAX

Derek Grant

MTD COMING SOON FOR INCOME TAX


VAT registered businesses making taxable supplies above the £85,000 registration threshold have been involved with Making Tax Digital (MTD) since April 2019. The next roll-out will be the introduction of MTD for income tax which is scheduled to start in April 2023.

The obligation to keep records in a digital format and report information quarterly will apply to unincorporated businesses and property landlords with a gross income of more than £10,000 a year. Companies operating MTD for VAT will already have MTD compliant accounting software. Still, the extension of MTD to income tax will mean a significant change for property rental businesses outside of the current rules.

There are several MTD compliant accounting software packages that you might wish to consider, and we can, of course, advise you on the one that is most appropriate for your business.

INFORMATION IN QUARTERLY MTD FOR INCOME TAX REPORTS

The precise details of what needs to be reported each quarter have yet to be finalised, but the categories of income and expenditure are likely to be the same as currently reported for self-assessment.

The accounting software will need to record income and expenditure into the following main categories:

  • Turnover/gross rents
  • Costs of goods sold
  • Materials
  • Wages and salaries of employees
  • Sub-contractor costs
  • Rent, rates, power, insurance
  • Repairs and renewals
  • Professional fees
  • Telephone and other office costs
  • Interest on bank and other loans
  • Motor and travel expenses

It is unclear at this stage how loans to finance residential lettings will be reported as those costs are no longer deducted in arriving at rental profits as relief is now given by way of a basic rate tax deduction.

TIMING OF MTD FOR INCOME TAX REPORTS

It is currently proposed that there will be 4 quarterly reports to HMRC followed by a finalisation return when the end of year adjustments will be made. For a buy to let business that would mean quarterly returns made up to 5 July, 5 October, 5 January and 5 April. There would then be an MTD finalisation submission the following 31 January.