Step up to digital tax.

Compliant, confident, covered. 

#MTDtogether

Step up to digital tax.

Compliant, confident, covered. 

#MTDtogether

Step up to digital tax.

Compliant, confident, covered. 

#MTDtogether

What is Making Tax Digital?

Making Tax Digital is HMRC’s move to digitise tax, and the goal is to help you get it right – whether you’re an SME, accountant or bookkeeper.

As of 01 April 2019, HMRC will require you to submit VAT returns using accounting software. This means you’ll no longer be able to submit manually through the HMRC gateway. 

Although MTD will eventually cover all tax, it’s being rolled out in phases. The first phase affects those above the VAT threshold of £85,000

89% of businesses will have to change the way they submit VAT.

Why is it happening?

HMRC loses £9bn each year on taxation errors, and they believe that’s partly due to the way businesses declare their income – digital record keeping and automated VAT submissions will make the process easier and error-free. 

Part of improving VAT means you’ll need to record your transactions throughout your VAT period and send HMRC an automated nine box VAT return at the end of each period, directly from your software. It’s a simpler, more efficient process that will be less disruptive to your business in the long run.

 

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Recent research has shown that moving to digital accounting software saves small-medium sized businesses £17,000 annually

When is Making Tax Digital coming into effect?

 The first phase – for businesses above the £85k threshold – comes into effect on April 1st, 2019. Phase 2 will not happen before 2020. Sage Advice will help you stay up-to-date on HMRC’s announcements for smaller businesses.

Up to speed?

We're excited to have you on board. Find out what your next steps should be.

What can I do to get my business ready for Making Tax Digital?

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We’re committed to making our cloud and cloud-connected products MTD-ready. As of this summer, we’ll update Sage Business Cloud to be compatible with MTD. We’ll have support options ranging from simple help to in-depth training so that the switch isn’t too overwhelming. 

If you’re currently submitting through Sage software, compliance could be as simple as installing the latest update. If you don’t process VAT through our software, we've made it easy to work with your partners and provides the support you need for your business or practice.

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How can I take control of Making Tax Digital today?
You can join the Making Tax Digital Early Adopter Programme, which let's get your business ready ahead of April 2019 and become comfortable with MTD through your Sage software. You’ll be able to adjust to the new way of doing things while getting compliant early. The best part? You can flag any features you’d like worked on by Sage or HMRC, and vote on software changes.
How can I take control of Making Tax Digital today?
You can join the Making Tax Digital Early Adopter Programme, which let's get your business ready ahead of April 2019 and become comfortable with MTD through your Sage software. You’ll be able to adjust to the new way of doing things while getting compliant early. The best part? You can flag any features you’d like worked on by Sage or HMRC, and vote on software changes.
How can I take control of Making Tax Digital today?
You can join the Making Tax Digital Early Adopter Programme, which let's get your business ready ahead of April 2019 and become comfortable with MTD through your Sage software. You’ll be able to adjust to the new way of doing things while getting compliant early. The best part? You can flag any features you’d like worked on by Sage or HMRC, and vote on software changes.

How can Sage help me sort out Making Tax Digital?

Sage has been a trusted accounting software partner for decades. In fact;

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Sage has a close relationship with HMRC
That means your concerns will be heard: the changes you vote on, the problems you flag, and the concerns you have for your business following MTD will be acknowledged not just by your software, but by those spearheading legislation.
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Sage is 100% compliant, every single time
We work hard to make sure every new Sage update is in line with current legislation, and Making Tax Digital is no exception to that rule. You’ll be submitting your VAT properly, right from the start, with the confidence and compliance of world-leading accounting software behind you.
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Sage support is world-class
Get all your support, exactly the way you want it, from outstanding digital content, web chats, advice blogs and telephone support, all the way to expert-led live webinars where your questions are answered and Sage Summit events where thought leaders and industry pioneers are on-hand to provide advice – everything we do is to support you. 
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Sage is a pioneer in accounts and business technology
With our subscription-based software, you never have to worry about being left behind – and that includes Making Tax Digital. Sage has been helping customers with VAT for years, and while it may be a big change to the UK VAT system, we’ll make sure it feels like a small change for our customers. 
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Sage Software doesn't just add and subtract. We help businesses grow.

We are proud of the accounting software we produce, but even prouder to see that software making businesses flourish. Our Sage Business Cloud offers solutions for businesses of all sizes, so you don’t have to worry about adjusting your software to your growing size. Sage Business Cloud is flexible: it grows with your business, meeting your needs every step of the way and allowing you to flourish.

How will I use Sage to implement Making Tax Digital into my business?

Sage solutions mean you can have confidence you’re compliant, and you’re always fully supported.

Compliance
  • Submit the right VAT
  • Get compliant and avoid HMRC fines
  • Avoid unpleasant VAT surprises at the end of the year
  • Submit through the proper channels
Confidence
  • Reduce errors from manual calculations
  • Start earlier and get it right with the HMRC Pilot Programme
  • Help us shape how MTD will work in the future
  • Put aside the correct amount for your VAT payment throughout the quarter
Support
  • 24/7, world-class customer support
  • Understand how to calculate more complex VAT with Sage training
  • Access support, like webinars and training sessions
  • Learn to check VAT yourself. Forecast for your business based on history

Sage legal disclaimer

The information contained on this website is for general guidance purposes only. It should not be taken for, nor is it intended as, legal advice. We would like to stress that there is no substitute for customers making their own detailed investigations or seeking their own legal advice if they are unsure about the implications of Making Tax Digital on their businesses. While we have made every effort to ensure that the information provided on this website is correct and up to date, Sage makes no promises as to completeness or accuracy and the information is delivered on an “as is” basis without any warranties, express or implied.

Sage will not accept any liability for errors or omissions and will not be liable for any damage (including, without limitation, damage for loss of business or loss of profits) arising in contract, tort or otherwise from the use of or reliance on this information or from any action or decisions taken as a result of using this information.