Another Delay to MTD for ITSA

Delay to MTD for Income Tax

With everything else going on at the moment you’d be forgiven for not knowing that there’s been another delay to MTD for ITSA – Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment.

The UK Government announced that it will now start from April 2026, rather than from April 2024.

The reason for another delay to MTD for ITSA

‘The UK Government understands businesses and self-employed individuals are currently facing a challenging economic environment, and that the transition to MTD for ITSA for the self-employed and small landlords represents a significant change for taxpayers and for HMRC.

That means it is right to take the time needed to work together to implement MTD well, maximise the benefits derived from it, and test and learn as we go.

We will continue to work to prepare for the transition to MTD for ITSA, including the testing of the service to ensure that it works for taxpayers.

I know that speculation last week may have caused you concern and frustration, and providing certainty at the earliest opportunity has been a priority for us. I hope that this update gives you further clarity.’

The details announced which may be of particular interest to you, include:

  • from April 2026, self-employed individuals and landlords with an income of more than £50,000 will be required (mandated) to keep digital records and provide quarterly updates on their income and expenditure to HMRC through MTD-compatible software
  • those with an income of between £30,000 and up to £50,000 will need to do this from April 2027
  • the UK Government will not extend MTD for ITSA to general partnerships in 2025. The government remains committed to introducing MTD for ITSA to partnerships at a later date, to be confirmed
  • the UK Government will review the needs of smaller businesses, and particularly those under the £30,000 threshold before taking further decisions. This will look in detail at how the MTD for ITSA service can be shaped to meet their needs and the best way for them to fulfil their Income Tax obligations. Once that review is complete – and in consultation with businesses, taxpayers, agents, and others – the UK Government will lay out the plans for any further mandation of MTD for ITSA

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