Whether you're an accountant, bookkeeper, small business owner, landlord or sole trader, get all of the information and the solutions you need to meet MTD legislation.
Making Tax Digital (MTD) is HMRC’s plan to digitise the tax system for VAT, Income Tax Self Assessment and Corporation Tax for businesses and individuals. MTD aims to make tax returns simpler and more efficient for everyone.
Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment (MTD for ITSA) is the next step in the MTD timeline from HMRC.
From April 2026 if you have an income of over £50,000 annually, from self employment or property rental, you'll need to :
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MTD for ITSA legislation requires accountants and their clients to use MTD-compliant software to submit quarterly tax returns and store digital records.
Most small businesses, sole traders, and landlords need to begin using MTD-compliant software from 6 April 2026 to submit their quarterly tax returns, as well as store digital records.
Making Tax Digital is HMRC legislation designed to make it easier for tax payers to get their taxes right. By complying with MTD legislation and adopting compliant software, businesses or their accountants can easily view tax information in one place and complete taxes more efficiently.
The first phase of MTD started in April 2019, mandating that most VAT registered businesses with taxable turnover over £85,000 keep digital tax records. In April 2022 MTD for VAT was extended to all VAT registered businesses, including those below the VAT threshold.
These are the upcoming dates to take note of :
April 2026 : MTD for Income Tax Self Assessment mandates unincorporated (sole traders and partnerships) businesses and landlords with income above £50,000.
April 2026 : The earliest possible date for MTD for Corporation Tax after the government announced it wouldn’t be mandated before then.
April 2027: MTD for Income Tax Self Assessment mandates unincorporated (sole traders and partnerships) businesses and landlords with income above £30,000.
There are also a number of future dates on the HMRC timeline to be confirmed :
MTD for ITSA Sole traders & landlords with income under £30,000
MTD for ITSA General partnerships
MTD for Corporation Tax
With MTD-compliant software you can :
We’re working closely with HMRC and the UK Government to represent UK businesses and we’ve got over 40 years’ compliance expertise to help accountants, bookkeepers, sole traders, and small business owners meet MTD requirements.