Chartered Tax Advisers & Accountants

Making Tax Digital

The idea of Making Tax Digital was first mooted in the 2015 Autumn Statement with the announcement that the Government wanted to replace the annual tax return with some form of quarterly accounting for the self-employed, landlords and partnerships.  Limited company obligations would also follow.

The Government's consultation on Making Tax Digital closed on 7 November 2016 and M&S submitted their responses to these consultations on 4 November 2016.  Final decisions regarding the consultation were announced in February this year amidst growing concern as to how this would impact the self-employed.

Since the initial announcement the start date for Making Tax Digital has been delayed and now looks set to be phased in from April 2019.

As this is something M&S are deeply concerned about and interested in, we keep a watching brief on developments and government announcements and will provide updates as and when further announcements are made.

We hope the information in this page will prove useful to you but if you have concerns as to what these changes might mean for you or your business please contact Stewart McKinnon, Tax Director or by emailing

Boldly Into The Digital Age

Published On: 22/01/2016

The end of the annual tax return is nigh or at least so we are led to believe with more details emerging in the Autumn statement on what this will mean for taxpayers.  Once HMRC expanded on their plans that potentially annual returns would be replaced by some form of interaction with HMRC on a quarterly basis it is fair to say all hell broke loose.  Such was the controversy about the plan that it led to an irate businessman called Paul Johnson to start an online petition objecting to the proposals and due to the success of the petition this matter will now be debated in parliament on 25 January.

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Fourplay – just how many tax returns do the government want from SMEs?

Published On: 21/01/2016

If, like me, you were one of the 100,000+ small business owners/self-employed who signed the online petition asking the government to reconsider the proposal that would make us file tax returns four times every year rather than just once as at present, you will almost certainly be concerned about the potential costs involved, in terms of time and, of course, hard-earned money.

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