Making Tax Digital - different routes to be MTD compliant

20 March 2019

To comply with Making Tax Digital, there are several different routes to submit your VAT returns digitally to HMRC, and they don’t necessarily involve cloud packages or making major changes to your current returns process.

View below our handy infographic that shows you the different routes available to you to be MTD compliant.

Your different routes to be MTD compliant 

Making Tax Digital compliance routes

Route 1:

Uses a cloud-based API enabled package (eg: Xero), to submit VAT returns directly to HMRC. Click here for a list of HMRC recommended software packages.

Route 2-6:

If you are unable to upgrade to a cloud package or you use bespoke software, you will be able to submit your VAT return using “bridging software”. This is a piece of software that connects your records to the HMRC’s system, effectively “bridging the gap” between the different programs, resulting in an API enabled link to HMRC.

Route 7:

You are permitted to make some calculations outside of your accounting records for adjustments. These adjustments should then be input into your API enabled software before submission to HMRC.

Routes 8 & 9:

If you prefer, MHA MacIntyre Hudson can take care of the whole process for you, using either cloud-based software, or bridging software to prepare and file your VAT returns.  

Click here to download a copy of the infographic to help you plan the best route for your business.

Find out more

For more advice on any of these routes and to discuss your requirements, please contact our Making Tax Digital experts, Alison Horner or Androulla Soteri or send us an online enquiry.