The end of the Annual Tax Return
HMRC has outlined it’s plans for MTD for income tax self-assessment, and the changes mean that four million taxpayers will need to submit quarterly returns to HMRC instead of just one annual tax return. They’ll also need to produce end of period reports for each trade and property business.
This means that a non-VAT registered sole trader will need to undertake multiple submissions for different periods under MTD for income tax.
These businesses will also have to undertake digital record keeping in line with MTD rules.
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What reports are required?
For each trading or property business that you operate, you’ll have to submit a quarterly report of income and expenses in defined categories. Essentially, this will be a mini set of accounts each quarter.
But it doesn’t stop there. You will also have to submit an end of period statement (EOPS) for each of those businesses. Yep – that’s five reports to HMRC every single year.
The quarterly reports will be due exactly one month from the end of each of the quarter, which gives you less time than the one month and seven days after the end of the quarter for VAT which is currently used for MTD for VAT.
The EPOS and the finalisation statement are both due by 31 January after the tax year end.
All our packages are MTD compliant
When does this start?
The dates for MTD ITSA were announced in July 2020 and will be as follows:
- Existing property income: 6 April 2024
- Existing trading income: first accounting period starting on or after 6 April 2024
- New property business: 6 April following the start date
- New trade: start of accounting period in year three
If you have a combined gross income from all trades and letting businesses in excess of £10,000 per year, then you fall within scope of MTD ITSA and will have to file five times per year with HMRC – even if you don’t have any tax to pay.
MTD for Income Tax is a lot of work for Small Businesses
MTD sees the biggest change to the tax filing regime in a generation. We don’t think that you should have to handle it on your own.
So all of our packages include full MTD compliance.