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Self-employed in the dark about imminent digital tax change
by Susie Hughes at 11:07 28/03/19 (News on Business)
More than a quarter of self-employed people 'know nothing' about having to switch to new VAT rules next week for the Government’s Making Tax Digital scheme.
From 1 April, when the new Making Tax Digital (MTD) rules come into force, VAT-registered companies will have to keep digital VAT records and submit electronic quarterly returns through paid-for software.

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Andy Chamberlain, from freelancer group, IPSE, who conducted the research, said: “It is frightening that so many people who will be affected by this major change are still in the dark. There has been little in the way of advertising for people affected except through the businesses that are selling the mandatory software.

“The Government is trying to sound supportive but it must do more to communicate the changes and guarantee that no-one will be unfairly investigated or penalised for the widespread confusion about this.”

The move to digital for VAT is just the first part of a wider programme of MTD reforms, which will change the way all businesses, including the self-employed, account and pay tax.

This is intended to simplify the tax process, both for taxpayers and HMRC. The self-assessment process will be replaced by more frequent, digital updates that will report directly to HMRC through compatible software.

More information about MTD is available in the Government's guide: Overview of Making Tax Digital


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