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Implementation of MTD for ITSA delayed for two years

The Government has announced a two-year delay and further changes to the rollout of its Making Tax Digital for Income Tax initiative.

The delayed implementation of Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax Self-Assessment (ITSA) means it will now be phased in from April 2026 for a smaller number of taxpayers, rather than the original launch date of April 2024.

The move will give self-employed workers, sole traders and landlords more time to prepare for the upcoming changes.


What is changing? 

From the new start date, instead of MTD for ITSA applying to all self-employed workers and landlords with property and/or business income of more than £10,000, it will now only apply to those with income exceeding £50,000.

As per the original plan, they will have to keep digital records and provide quarterly updates on their income and expenditure to HMRC through MTD-compatible software.

Those with an income of between £30,000 and £50,000 will also need to comply with this from April 2027. However, all taxpayers will be able to join voluntarily beforehand if they wish to eliminate common errors and save time managing their tax affairs.


What about smaller businesses?

The Government has also announced a review into the needs of smaller businesses originally due to use the system in 2024, particularly those under the £30,000 income threshold.

The review will consider how MTD for ITSA can be shaped to meet their requirements and the best way for them to fulfil their Income Tax obligations. It will also inform the approach for any further rollout of MTD for ITSA after April 2027.

MTD for ITSA will not be extended to general partnerships in 2025, as previously announced. However, the Government says it “remains committed to introducing MTD for ITSA to partnerships in line with its vision set out in the Tax Administration Strategy”.

Under the original plans, MTD would also be extended to Corporation Tax, but the Government is yet to confirm when this final phase will begin.

Take advantage of the super deduction allowance – before it’s gone

Businesses are being advised that time is running out to be able to take advantage of the Corporation Tax super-deduction capital allowance scheme. This allows businesses to claim back 130 per cent on investments made in plant or machinery.

The scheme runs until 31 March 2023 and with Corporation Tax rates set to rise in April 2023 for more profitable businesses, there’s not much time left to take advantage of this generous scheme.

The scheme was an incentive to invest in new assets to aid the recovery of companies after the pandemic.

The measure allows organisations to claim a super-deduction providing an allowance of 130 per cent on most new plant and machinery investments that ordinarily qualify for main rate writing down allowances.

They can also use the first-year allowance of 50 per cent on most new plant and machinery investments that ordinarily qualify for special rate writing-down allowances.


What is classified as plant and machinery?

There are many forms of ‘tangible’ assets used in the day-to-day running of a business. Some examples include:

  • Ladders, drills, cranes
  • Office furniture
  • Refrigeration units
  • Electric Vehicle charge points
  • Compressors

Certain expenditure is excluded, for example, the acquisition of company cars. To benefit from the relief the assets purchased must also be new and not second-hand or refurbished equipment.


How does it work?

A company incurring £1 million of qualifying investments decides to claim the super-deduction.

Spending £1 million will mean the company can deduct £1.3 million (130 per cent of the initial investment) in working out its taxable profits.

Deducting £1.3 million from its taxable profits will save the company up to 19 per cent of that – or £247,000 on its Corporation Tax bill.


What about unincorporated businesses?

The relief is only available to limited companies, but unincorporated businesses can continue to benefit from the Annual Investment Allowance (AIA), which permits a deduction of 100 per cent for qualifying plant or machinery expenditure up to the threshold of £1 million.