Making Tax Digital for VAT requires VAT registered businesses with
taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold to keep records in
digital form and file their VAT Returns using software.
It is increasingly common for business records and accounts to be
kept digitally, in a software program on a computer or tablet, or in a
smartphone application, or maintained through such a device and stored
using a cloud-based application. The difference under Making Tax Digital
is that the software which businesses use must be capable of keeping
and maintaining the records specified in the regulations, preparing
their VAT Returns using the information maintained in those digital
records and communicating with HMRC digitally via our Application
Programming Interface (API) platform.
If your digital records are up to date, software will be able to
collate and prepare your return for you. It will then show the return to
you and ask you to declare that it is correct and confirm that you want
to submit it to HMRC. Once you have submitted your return you will
receive confirmation through your software that it has been received.
This notice provides further details of the Making Tax Digital rules.