The UK’s tax system is about to get a shake down.
Get up to speed with our simple Making Tax Digital Guide.

We admit, anything with the word tax in doesn’t sound all that thrilling, does it?

But Making Tax Digital (MTD for short) is set to be a game changer.


getting rid of bureaucratic form filing and reducing avoidable mistakes


replacing slow, error-prone systems with something fast, reliable and modern


making tax reporting simpler, so you can get your tax right, first time

What is Making Tax Digital?

MTD is an overhaul of the UK tax system, replacing manual processes with digital ones.

In a nutshell, instead of filing annual tax returns, companies will send information to HMRC digitally at least four times a year through approved accounting software. This digital setup ensures your data is sent directly to HMRC’s systems; ending fiddly paperwork, saving time, reducing errors and cutting the risk of penalties.

  • All companies (including those with income from property) will soon need to maintain digital accounting records. Paper records will no longer meet HMRC’s legal requirements.
  • All companies will need to use HMRC recognised MTD compliant software (like inniAccounts) to maintain their records and submit returns.

Who will MTD impact?

HMRC are progressively rolling out Making Tax Digital, starting with MTD for VAT. If you are VAT registered and have a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold (currently £85,000) you will need to:

  • maintain your VAT records digitally
  • file yourVAT returns quarterly using HMRC-recognised software

After April 1st, you will no longer be able to manually complete a paper-based VAT return, or complete a return online at the HMRC VAT portal. You will need to start following the new rules from the beginning of your first VAT period starting on or after 1 April 2019.

If you’re an inniAccounts client…

Don’t worry, it’s all in hand. Our award-winning online accounting software is now ready for Making Tax Digital and approved by HMRC.

What do I need to do?

Despite all the confusion surrounding Making Tax Digital, it’s not as scary as it sounds. All you (or your accountant) need to do is record your financial records and submit your VAT returns using functional and approved MTD-ready software.

So, I have to submit 4 returns a year?

Sounds like a hassle, right? Thankfully, that’s not the case. If you’re already using online software to manage your finances, you probably send most of this information to HMRC every 3 months anyway. If not, while you will be providing more frequent updates online, this isn’t anything like the whole tedious annual tax return.

Will MTD just make more work for me?

Quite the opposite! With all your accounts kept up to date with real-time accounting software, such as inniAccounts, and with a lot of your admin automated, submitting your data to HMRC should be as simple as checking it over, confirming nothing’s missing and hitting send.

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Making Tax Digital will make tax easy

‘If you aren’t using bookkeeping software of some sort already, then now really is the time to embrace it. It might be scary, but I expect once you’re in, you’ll never look back.’
– Paul Nicklin, Technology Director at inniAccounts

MTD doesn’t need to be just another obligation

This is your opportunity to streamline your accounting and business management. Keeping digital records lets you keep a better track of tax-due and repayments owed. Never worry about your tax bill again. Budget and plan with complete visibility of your finances.

Get your tax right, first time and save on the hassle

Many businesses make mistakes inadvertently which can lead to pricey penalties. By reducing manual data entering and introducing quarterly reporting and software that provides a real-time view of your finances – these costly mistakes are far easier to detect.

The future of tax is digital, get prepared now

MTD isn’t just a case of companies staying compliant; it’s a way to elevate how your company works by automating its processes, saving more time and gaining better control of your most important information. Get a full picture of your tax affairs.

MTD is a great opportunity to streamline your accounts and make life easier with great software

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If you’re unsure about MTD…

Make sure you go for a provider that supplies excellent support. Such as our Practice Excellence award-winning team.

Getting ready with inniAccounts

Digital VAT may feel like a big change, but if you’re an inniAccounts client, you don’t need to worry – we’re MTD ready. In fact, we’ve been submitting VAT returns digitally for our clients for years.

Whether you’re an existing client or looking for a hassle-free switch, we’re here to make MTD easy.

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Our MTD-ready software:

As an inniAccounts client, you’ll be MTD ready from day one.

  • Sends VAT returns to HMRC with one click
  • Records all your business’ finances digitally (and securely)
  • Links your business and VAT information to all your transactions and compiles your data from your day to day bookkeeping in the inniAccounts software
  • Reminds you when your VAT return is due and supplies your VAT data directly to HMRC
  • Offers complete visibility of VAT return status
  • Automatically calculates the VAT you owe and updates your financial status in real-time, so you always know how much cash you have available and never overspend

‘For our accountants, Making Tax Digital will remove even more of the mundane manual tasks. They’ll be able to focus on developing and building the skills that add value to our customers.’

– Matt Poyser, Client Experience Director at inniAccounts

Explore our software

As well as being MTD-compliant inniAccounts makes managing your business a breeze so you can focus on what matters; earning and enjoying your cash.

  • Quickly see your financial status with our unique LiveCash feature
  • Get real-time tax forecasts so you never have to worry about your tax bill again
  • Track time, expenses and mileage and quickly add to client invoices
  • Manage every aspect of your business on the go with our intelligent mobile app
  • Benefit from a dedicated account manager who’ll provide essential advice and take the time to get to know you

The inniAccounts software is robust and intuitive. I like that I have the information about my company accounts at my fingertips. I can see my up-to-date bank balance anytime; so I know exactly what money I’ve got to spend. Behind the scenes, the software takes off your company tax and VAT to give you an accurate figure of your finances so I can see what I can and can’t do financially.

Lee Bailey, IT Consultant, UK

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is MTD?
Making Tax Digital (MTD) is a HMRC initiative designed to make the UK tax system more effective, efficient and easier for taxpayers by replacing manual processes with digital ones. HMRC is doing a gradual roll out of MTD, starting with Making Tax Digital for VAT.
What happens if I’m not using MTD compliant software?
If you’re VAT registered with a turnover over the £85,000 VAT threshold, you need to switch to or find compliant software by April 2019 at the latest. You can find a list of all approved software providers here – inniAccounts is one of them.
I’m an inniAccounts customer, can I relax?
Yes. If you’re an inniAccounts customer don’t worry – it’s all taken care of. Our software has been confirmed as MTD-ready by HMRC. If we haven’t already, we’ll be in touch soon with a bit more information.
Can’t I just keep submitting my VAT returns through HMRC’s website?
From 1 April 2019, HMRC’s online VAT return filing will close. All VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold, must comply with Making Tax Digital.

How do I comply with MTD for VAT?
All you (or your accountant) need to do is record your taxable records and submit your VAT returns through HMRC approved functional and compatible software – like inniAccounts. Those affected by MTD need to start following the rules from the beginning of their first VAT period, starting on or after 1 April 2019.

Why should I consider using inniAccounts?
Whether you’re used to spreadsheets or tools like Quickbooks, our Making Tax Digital-ready software will knock your socks off. If you’re a little unsure about Making Tax Digital, it’s worth choosing someone who can help you every step of the way, which is what our Practice Excellence award-winning team always offer.

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