HMRC defends efforts to promote Making Tax Digital

HM Revenue & Customs defended its efforts to raise awareness of Making Tax Digital for VAT after a leading accountancy body warned that many businesses remain unaware of the programme…

“The lack of awareness among businesses about MTD is of concern and needs to be addressed. The communications on MTD do not appear to be getting through to VAT-registered businesses,” said Anita Monteith, ICAEW’s technical tax manager, in a September 13 release.

HMRC published on July 13, during the survey period, a new VAT notice setting out the digital record-keeping and return requirements and a communications pack intended to “provide stakeholders with information to support businesses that need to make the transition” …

“Since the ICAEW’s survey was completed, we have been increasing our promotion of MTD and our guidance published in July has received over 150,000 views,” an HMRC spokesman told Tax Notes. Read more:

My news story for Tax Notes (paywall), September 14