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Making Tax Digital Soft Landing Period Ends Soon

During the lead up to Making Tax Digital for VAT, HMRC announced a "Soft Landing Period" to allow businesses to more easily transition to the new way of submitting their VAT returns.

Under the rules of MTD, copy-and-paste does not constitute a digital link between software packages but the Soft Landing Period introduced a 12-month exemption to temporarily allow the use of copy-and-paste.

For those who were required to comply with MTD from 1st April 2019, this exemption ends with the first VAT period starting on or after 1st April 2020.

For those who were granted an extension and were required to comply with MTD from 1st October 2019, the exemption ends with the first VAT period starting on or after 1st October 2020.

Put simply, this means that, after the end of the Software Landing period, using copy and paste to transfer information from one system (e.g. an accounts package) to another (e.g. bridging software) will no longer be lawful.

Anyone relying on this method to submit their VAT Returns will now have just a few months to put an alternative solution in place.

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12 December 2019

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