Landlords who complete self-assessments will have an extra year to prepare for Making Tax Digital, which will now be introduced in April 2024 instead of 2023.
Making Tax Digital (MTD) - the digitisation of tax reporting - is the biggest shake-up of the tax system in recent memory.
It aims to replace manual processes with digital ones and change the reporting period from annual filing to quarterly reporting, submitted through compatible software.
Landlords with rental income of £10,000 per year (£833 per month) or greater must start using Making Tax Digital (MTD) accounting software to submit tax information to HMRC.
Currently, landlords provide HMRC with tax information once a year via a personal self-assessment tax return.
From the new date of 6 April 2024, landlords (or their property accountants) will need to provide this information every quarter and it must be submitted using compatible software.
In a press release, HMRC said that it recognised the challenges businesses and landlords face as the country emerges from the pandemic, and that a later start for MTD would allow those required to join more time to prepare.
Landlords who own their properties via an SPV / limited company do not need to become MTD compliant by April 2024.
The government has published a consultation on the future design of Making Tax Digital for Corporation Tax, and has said it will not mandate its usage before 2026.
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