MTD for income tax pilot extended

HMRC is extending the pilot for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment (MTD ITSA) to more self-employed workers and landlords.

From July, those taking part will be able to test MTD ITSA before April 2024, including their own internal processes for managing MTD.

Agents and customers are already taking part, and HMRC wants more agents to start signing up a small number of their clients to trial the system. It is noted that clients will need to have an accounting period that aligns with the tax year in order to take part in the pilot.

From April 2024, all businesses with annual income from self employment or property above £10,000 will have to follow MTD rules.

Under MTD, the quarterly reporting is a summary, providing a total of the incomes and outcomes going through the business per quarter. As a result, there is not necessarily a need to report under each property address as it is an accumulation of all the data that is required, HMRC said.

It commented:

'We want to ensure this is well tested before mandation, and that agents and customers have opportunities to feedback on how it will work in practice. That's why we're running a pilot, inviting agents to recommend clients who can help us test and learn.

'The pilot is still a test environment. Those taking part have the benefit of testing the MTD ITSA before April 2024, including their own internal processes for managing MTD.

'Agents and customers are already taking part, and we would like to encourage more agents to start signing up a small number of their clients.'

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