HMRC have announced the Making Tax Digital for VAT pilot is now open to all businesses who will be mandated to use the service from April.
The pilot is progressing well – over 3,500 businesses have already joined and HMRC have seen a dramatic increase in daily take-up from around 10-20 a day when the pilot first opened to well over 100 a day, with the number of daily sign-ups continuing to grow. They want as many eligible businesses as possible to join the pilot ahead of the mandation of the service in April (although for the majority who file quarterly, their first return won’t be due until 7 August 2019 at the earliest). Increased pilot participation will allow more businesses to get used to the service before they are mandated to use it as well as giving HMRC assurance the service works for a range of different customer types. It will also give HMRC the confidence that customer’s experience of the MTD service, and the support they have put in place around it, matches expectations. Further details can be found in the updated guidance for businesses, updated guidance for agents and the stakeholder partner packs on GOV.UK.
HMRC have also opened up the pilot to VAT groups to allow them to start testing the service and will continue to provide updates as they open up the pilot to the remainder of the population who are mandated to join from October.