Start planning for Making Tax Digital

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By now you've probably heard of Making Tax Digital (MTD) even if you're not exactly sure what it means for your business.

Under MTD, most companies have to submit their VAT Returns to HMRC from their accounts software from April 2019. This means you can no longer submit via the Government Gateway. If you don't already submit your returns through your accounts software, this could mean a completely new way of preparing and submitting your returns.

Why get prepared now?

April 2019 might seem like a long time off, but when you consider you may only have a couple more VAT quarters before the new rules are mandatory, that's potentially just two more VAT Returns to make sure you're getting it right. 

HMRC are running an open pilot from Autumn 2018 where you can sign up for MTD early and get used to the new process. Now's a great time, before the pilot starts, to find out exactly how your business is affected and start planning for any software or process changes you need to make.

We recommend you bookmark this article as we'll update it as soon as the pilot is open.

How we can help

We've a wealth of information to hand to help you out. You can find guides in our MTD Help Centre, or if you prefer to be guided by an expert, we can help you with tailored training sessions. No matter what your situation is or where you are in the process, they can help give you the confidence you need to start submitting under MTD.

One to One remote training

With a bespoke one to one training session, our experts will personally guide you through whatever you need to do to get ready for MTD from the comfort of your office. You'll:

  • Understand the MTD changes and what it means for you.
  • Gain confidence in the new MTD process from sign-up to submission.
  • Get a VAT health check for your business.
  • Get hands-on training on your software to help you get VAT right.

Live online MTD training

If you don't want a one to one session but would like general training around MTD and a chance to ask questions, join other Sage customers and attend a live 90 minute online training session.

  • Understand the MTD changes and what it means for you.
  • Prepare your Sage 50cloud Accounts software for MTD.
  • Learn about the MTD process and the tools available to help you.
  • Live Q&A

Onsite training

Ever wanted to have a Sage expert visit your office? With onsite training we'll discuss your needs beforehand then come to your premises to deliver 100% bespoke training. As well as helping you understand all aspects of the MTD changes and what they mean for you, we can also

  • Make sure you have the correct software installed and activated.
  • Give you hands-on training on your software helping you get VAT right.
  • Ensure your data is ready to start submitting under MTD.
  • Help with any problems or issues you're having.
  • Give advice on best practice and improving efficiencies.

What our customers say

"Jacqui knew about the subject and went at my pace. A lot was covered and I feel more confident about what is required."

"Session was very professional, calm manner and extremely helpful throughout, nothing was a problem."

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