Making Tax Digital project must be reset, experts tell MPs

The digitalisation of tax returns will impose significant additional tax compliance costs on small businesses for little or no medium term benefit, tax and small business experts told MPs on the Commons Treasury Committee.

HMRC is consulting on the Making Tax Digital (MTD) project until 7 November. The project has “possibly very adverse implications for hundreds of thousands of small businesses,” committee chair Andrew Tyrie said.

ACCA head of taxation Chas Roy-Chowdhury said that while businesses with tax agents are aware of MTD, smaller businesses “probably have no idea whatsoever what’s going to come down the track”.

Read more: My news story for Accountancy Age, 26 October.