HMRC has entered into the public beta testing for the Income Tax service as part of Making Tax Digital (MTD). This is another step towards their ambition to become one of the most digitally advanced tax administrations in the world.
Income Tax Public Beta
Following the decision last summer to slow the pace of mandation for Income Tax, HMRC has continued to test the service on a small scale with businesses, agents and software developers.
They are now ready to move forward by increasing voluntary participation in the pilot so that it can be tested on a larger scale. You can access the service here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/use-software-to-send-income-tax-updates.
The pilot service will continue to be developed on an iterative basis, enabling a wider range of businesses with differing requirements to join as new functionality is added.
Initially, individuals will be eligible for the public beta if they are a sole trader with income from one business. The next planned stage is to expand eligibility to those with Income from Property.
HMRC has published the current list of MTD compatible software products for Income Tax on gov.uk: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/software-for-sending-income-tax-updates
There are a number of other products at various stages of development so HMRC will continue to add to this page as new products are ready.
HMRC are working with the software industry, from innovative smaller developers to the large established players, as part of their strategy to ensure a pipeline of software products at multiple price points addressing different business needs.
As soon as we receive further information from HMRC on MTD we will provide further updates via our communication channels.