Charities urged to get ready for MTD for VAT

The Charity Commission is advising trustees to prepare for the imminent new VAT filing regime.

Its website is advising that for VAT periods starting on or after 1 April 2019, most VAT registered entities with taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (£85,000) will need to keep their records digitally and send their VAT return data to HMRC using MTD-compatible software.

The exception is a small minority of VAT registered entities with more complex requirements. For these the MTD rules will apply from 1 October 2019.

You can prepare by:

  • looking at how you can keep your records digitally, if you do not already.
  • asking your software provider if you currently use commercial accounting software about when it will be MTD-compatible.
  • (for more complex charities) looking at your internal operations to make sure your end-to-end process is digital.
  • joining the MTD VAT pilot as soon as you can.

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