Regular readers of this blog will be aware, the government has back-tracked on their original proposal to digitise taxpayers\u2019 affairs. The original plan, to have most self-employed traders and landlords uploading accounts and VAT data from April 2018, was scrapped. The new plan, delayed until April 2019, requires traders registered for VAT, and with turnover above the current \u00a385,000 registration threshold, to upload their VAT figures digitally direct from a HMRC software interface. HMRC has offered, somewhat tongue in cheek, that taxpayers not required under these revised criteria, are non-the-less welcome to upload their VAT numbers this way on a voluntary basis. The outcome of these changes requires affected businesses to use compatible software \u2013 to link with HMRC \u2013 from April 2019. Those VAT traders who are still using a manual record-keeping process, or IT solutions that will not be recognised by HMRC\u2019s systems, will need to upgrade to more suitable software during the next year. Clients and other VAT registered business owners that are concerned about their readiness for these changes should call for advice. Clients who use our VAT services can be assured that we will use software that is MTD compliant. In any event getting ready for Making Tax Digital needs to be a priority at the start of 2018.