Making Tax Digital is almost here. 1 April 2019, VAT registered traders with turnover in excess of the current VAT registration limit, \u00a385,000, will need to file returns after 1 April 2019 linked to HMRC\u2019s Making Tax Digital (MTD) systems. Accounts software providers have been working at some pace to change their software, so they 'speak' to HMRC\u2019s Making Tax Digital servers using a dedicated link called an API (an application program interface). If we complete your VAT returns, you can be assured that we will be using approved software. If you manage your own VAT filing, you should check with your software supplier to make sure they are going to provide the Making Tax Digital , VAT filing facility. Any issues please get in touch as we can either take over this chore for you or advise which software to use. Any mention of software thus far in this article refers to your account\u2019s software. It does not include spreadsheets. Spreadsheets create a particular issue for filing VAT numbers via Making Tax Digital . If the data in the spreadsheets is linked electronically to the final VAT filing software all is well. If you have to cut and paste data from a spreadsheet into accounts software this will not be sufficient for Making Tax Digital purposes. However, HMRC has said that they will allow a period of time \u2013 a soft landing \u2013 for businesses to have digital links in place on or before 31 March 2020. Do get in touch if you are struggling to achieve MTD compatibility before 1 April 2019.