HMRC delay bringing in Making Tax Digital for Individuals & Partnerships
22nd December 2022
HMRC has confirmed that they will delay Making Tax Digital (MTD) for individuals and partnerships from April 2024 to April 2026. They will also increase the income threshold, meaning that fewer people will be required to comply with the MTD regulations.
From April 2026, self-employed individuals and landlords with an income of more than £50,000 will be required to keep digital records and provide quarterly updates on their income and expenditure to HMRC through MTD-compatible software. Those with an income of between £30,000 and £50,000 will need to do this from April 2027.
The previous threshold was meant that any individual, partnership or landlord with income over £10,000 would need to comply with MTD regulations. The government has now announced a review into those under the £30,000 income threshold to see if they will have to consider MTD for Income Tax Self Assessment (ITSA).
MTD for ITSA will not be extended to general partnerships in 2025 as previously announced. However, the government remains committed to introducing MTD for ITSA to partnerships and there will likely be more details to follow.
Under MTD for ITSA, businesses, self-employed individuals and landlords will keep digital records, and send a quarterly summary of their business income and expenses to HMRC using MTD-compatible software. In response they will receive an estimated tax calculation based on the information provided to help them budget for their tax. At the end of the year, they can add any non-business information and finalise their tax affairs using MTD-compatible software. This will replace the need for a Self Assessment tax return.
Before today’s announcement, MTD for ITSA was mandated from April 2024 for customers with a total gross income over £10,000 from self-employment and property in a tax year, with partnerships mandated from 2025.
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