MTD – nothing to be scared of!

MTD Donna Helm WNJ


November 28, 2018 by Matthew Johnson

That was the message of our free interactive workshop for small business owners which we held with The Business Clinic in Preston earlier this month.Making Tax Digital (MTD) is nothing to be scared of – and digital accounting could actually save you and your business time and money.

The aim of the presentation given by myself and WNJ colleague Donna Helm was to de-mystify the subject and take away some of “the panic” around the subject.

Donna supervises our accountancy software programmes and helps clients with training, and integration to make sure they get the most out of the software they choose.

We touched on some of the concerns people have, including increased compliance burdens, short timescales and additional costs.

Our aim was to give you the truth about digital accounting. We also looked at the whole concept of cloud accounting and its potential benefits.

Donna told the audience: “It can be of huge benefit to your business, in efficiencies and cost savings.”

She also stressed the importance of proper training to ensure businesses get the best out of the software and technology that is available.

The countdown to MTD is now well and truly on. As part of MTD, businesses registered for VAT with a taxable turnover above the VAT registration threshold of £85,000 will need to keep VAT records digitally and file their VAT returns using MTD compatible software.

This will start from their first VAT period starting on or after April 1 next year.

Businesses with a taxable turnover below the VAT threshold will not have to operate MTD, but can still choose to do so voluntarily.

VAT Notice 700/22: Making Tax Digital for VAT provides information to customers and adds to amendments to the VAT Regulations made earlier this year.

WNJ also has also set up a dedicated team which we have put together to address MTD issues and to help our clients chose, install and train how to best use the different software on offer.

The workshop was our latest collaboration with The Business Clinic – a growing Preston-based community interest company set up to support companies across Lancashire.

The Business Clinic delivers independent and thought-provoking strategy, skills and support to ensure healthier profits. If you would like to find out more about our upcoming events you can check the business support calendar here.

To discuss any issues regarding the HMRC’s MTD plans please contact me on 01772 430 000 or visit


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