Further Two Year Delay Announced For Making Tax Digital For Income Tax
Victoria Atkins, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, confirmed in a written statement to Parliament, yesterday (Monday 19 December) that the rollout of Making Tax Digital for Income Tax (MTD for ITSA) will be delayed until at least April 2026.
Having originally been delayed until 2024, the UK Government feels that more time is needed for taxpayers, their agents and for HMRC to adjust to the significant change need to make MTD for ITSA a success. A view expressed by many tax agents.
MTD for ITSA will be mandatory for businesses, self-employed individuals and landlords who have income above £50,000 from April 2026, previously the threshold was £10,000. Businesses with income over £30,000 will be mandated to comply with MTD for ITSA from April 2027 and a review into MTD for ITSA for smaller businesses with income below £30,000 will take place.
In the statement, it was also established that MTD for ITSA will no longer apply to partnerships in 2025 as originally planned and will be introduced at a later date to be confirmed.
Partner, Angela Haig, commented,
“The increase in the threshold to which MTD for ITSA will apply is welcomed as very small businesses and landlords may have found it uneconomical to acquire software to keep digital records and make quarterly submissions. The delay will also give more time to businesses to adapt to new bookkeeping systems and for professionals to engage in trial submissions.”