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Operationalising digital tax: Three things you need to do now

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Operationalising digital tax: Three things you need to do now

  1. 1. Rebecca Benneyworth, MBE Operationalising Digital Tax: 3 Things you’ve got to do now WiFi: QBConnect No password required#QBConnect
  2. 2. What is involved?
  3. 3. 3 The whole regime is driven by the accounting record requirement The requirement for businesses to keep their accounting records using digital tools. • Once you have mastered this point the rest follows easily • Digital tools might be software, apps or even spreadsheets • BUT you will need software to support spreadsheet use Getting a clear picture of what MTD really is
  4. 4. 4 ICAEW research February 2016 • 25% of small businesses use software for record keeping • 25% of small businesses use only manual records • 50% use a combination of manual records and spreadsheets • HMRC’s relaxation of the rules makes very good sense – But do you want to stick with spreadsheets? Current use of digital tools for record keeping
  5. 5. 5 We do not have the full answer to that question yet! Waiting on budget announcements • Regard £10,000 as certainly exempt – both for landlords and traders • Digitally excluded – “not reasonably practicable” • No doubt you have clients with big changes to make Who is likely to be exempt?
  6. 6. 6 Charities CASC’s Religious grounds (Plymouth Bretheren) Other exemptions
  7. 7. 7 NOT quarterly accounts; NOT quarterly tax return From digital records just update HMRC with the totals • Accruals / prepayments etc optional • No need to reconcile – no penalties for inaccuracy • Use headings on SA return for minimum analysis – Even three line account must use these headings in the records – More headings if desired Quarterly updating – one month to do
  8. 8. 8 Ten months to finalise • But books are already written up and available to you • Can produce accounts more in “real time” – More meaningful – Better management tool Annual final accounts for tax purposes
  9. 9. Making it happen
  10. 10. 10 Start work analyzing your client base Identify certain “In” and certain “Out” clients • In – over VAT threshold • Out – digitally excluded and less than £10,000 turnover • Now start thinking about their needs – Who will struggle? – Who is already nearly there? Your clients
  11. 11. 11 What is your service offering? Choice of record keeping software • Cloud based? • Bank feeds? • How much will your firm be prepared to do? – Think about re-work issues – Time that is ordinarily low recovery and low profit Your services
  12. 12. 12 What staff do you need? Have you got them yet? • Potential change in recruitment policy • More focus on bookkeepers and enablers • Training staff, train the trainer for clients! Your firm
  13. 13. 13 Key decisions now! • Software – free choice? • Bookkeeping support offering • Early “subscription” for clients? • Early adoption – public beta? • Communicate with clients • SMILE – it will be fun! Go and do it!
  14. 14. 14 April 2017 31 Jan 2020April 2018 July 2018 31 Jan 2019 Apr 2019 Timeline Decision re subscribing clients Public Beta opens Register as an agent for MTD First tranche of clients come into MTD Continue migrating clients to MTD First quarterly updates filed Tax payment reminders for 2017-18 Quarterly updates continue – 31 Dec quarters Payment on account reminders for 2018-19 Final annual confirmations for clients with 5 April year end Preparing for companies to come into MTD Start work on 2018-19 SA returns Start work on 2017-18 SA returns Continue work on 2017-18 SA returns Complete work on 2017-18 SA returns All non exempt landlords come in immediately Last clients (31 March year ends) come into MTD VAT comes within MTD Start filing annual confirmations for early starts Last SA returns filed Start work analyzing your client base
  15. 15. 15 1. Start work analyzing your client base 2. Determine your service offering 3. Have a look at staffing and… Go Do It! (Don’t forget to smile!) In summary: 3 things to do now
  16. 16. Questions?
  17. 17. Access the presentation materials via: The QuickBooks Connect 2017 Conference App or Slideshare at: http://www.slideshare.com/tag/QBCUK17

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