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The first two blogs in our Making Tax Digital series provided first an overview of the scheme and secondly a look at the differing impact of MTD on businesses and individuals. We suggested areas to look at and tips to get started for businesses in general, but there is one group that requires a post specific to them, those businesses and individuals that are registered to pay VAT.

Our last blog post provided an overview of the flagship Making Tax Digital scheme, which aims to place the majority of UK taxpayers onto a digital only tax reporting platform. With less than a year now until VAT registered businesses will be required to file in this manner, we’ll be spending the next few months looking into the details of Making Tax Digital and any issues that could arise for both businesses and individuals.

As we approach the date that GDPR comes into force, many businesses will be moving their focus to the next big challenge, that of Making Tax Digital (or MTD for short). An initiative devised by the UK government to make tax administration more efficient and easier for the average taxpayer to understand and complete, it will require the quarterly submission of tax related information through an online system.

There are just over two months to go until the new General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR comes into force. On the 25th of May this year, the GDPR will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive with the aim of harmonising data privacy laws throughout the EU and granting greater protection and security over personal data in our now digitised world.

2018 got off to a great start for us here at Smith Butler as, following a compliance visit from ACCA, the global professional accounting body, we were notified that Smith Butler has now been awarded Platinum Status in their ACCA Approved Employer Programme!

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