Relief available for those struggling to find accessible MTD software

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As part of Making Tax Digital, businesses registered for VAT with a taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold of £85,000 must keep VAT records digitally and file their VAT returns using MTD compatible software.

Anyone who cannot find suitably accessible software to comply with the new Making Tax Digital for VAT rules should apply to HMRC for a temporary exemption, advises the LITRG.

HMRC are not providing in-house software for Making Tax Digital for VAT; instead, they are working with the software industry to bring products to market for all taxpayers, including those who have accessibility needs.

Currently, there are only a handful of products which meet various accessibility needs according to HMRC’s software choices tool – unavailability of suitable software products on the commercial market may constitute grounds for claiming a temporary exemption until such time as suitable software becomes available.

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Head of Team at LITRG (Low Incomes Tax Reform Group) Victoria Todd, said, “While more accessible software providers have recently been added to the GOV.UK website, we are disappointed that there is not more software available to meet various accessibility needs now that Making Tax Digital for VAT is mandatory. We urge those with accessibility needs who cannot find software that enables them to comply to contact the HMRC VAT helpline as soon as possible to request a temporary exemption.

“HMRC continue to add software products to their software choices database as more come to market, including those which meet the necessary accessibility criteria. You will need to check HMRC’s software choices tool regularly to see whether any new software is available that may meet your requirements.”

In the meantime, LITRG says taxpayers affected by this should continue to file their VAT returns and pay any VAT due as they were doing before the introduction of the new rules.

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Dolan Accountancy was set up by Simon J Dolan, the man behind the well-known brand SJD Accountancy. With over 25 years experience in the contracting marketing, Dolan Accountancy has the heritage, reputation and credibility you can trust. Working closely with our sister company, Contractor Umbrella, it means we can offer one low cost, fixed fee package at £95 + VAT per month. This gives you the flexibility of using both our Limited Company Accountancy Services and our award winning Umbrella Service, for one inclusive cost. We don’t believe in tiered packages or hidden extra fees, instead we aim to give you everything you need, including:

  • Free Company Formation – This is where it all begins. Once you have decided on an available name, we will form your company free of charge (if using our accountancy services) and it will be ready for you to use in as little as three hours.
  • Free use of Contractor Umbrella – With changes in Public Sector IR35 Legislation we understand that sometimes you are required to contract via an umbrella company. We will keep your limited company ticking over, while you work margin free via our sister company, Contractor Umbrella.
  • A Dedicated Accountant – Your accountant will be there for any company or personal tax advice that you require. We will never outsource work, even to internal teams.
  • Free Access to FreeAgent – The founder behind the multi award winning FreeAgent platform was one of Simon’s first clients, therefore it only seems fitting that we offer all of our clients access to FreeAgent, free of charge.
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  • Unlimited IR35 Status Reviews – We will review all of your contracts for IR35 purposes and provide you with our professional opinion as to its status.
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  • Your Business and Personal Taxation Needs – This includes Company Accounts, Director’s Personal Tax Return, VAT Returns, Payroll, Corporation Tax and Dividend advice, to name just a few.
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