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2023

Important update to VT Accounts for users requiring new corporation tax rates and marginal relief

The tax computation in VT accounts workbooks has been updated to reflect the new main rate of corporation tax of 25%, the small profits rate of 19% and calculation of marginal relief. The iXBRL corporation tax taxonomy has been updated to the 2023 version.

This is effective from the tax year commencing 1 April 2023.

Please note: The update applies to new accounts workbooks generated after the update has been installed. If you are using an accounts workbook created in a version of VT before October 2023 (the date can be found in the Check List tab of the workbook), please create a new workbook and use the VT Final Accounts > Edit > Copy Accounts Data command to copy the data from the older workbook, and the VT Final Accounts > Edit > Paste Accounts Data command to paste the data to the new workbook.

The updated version (October 2023) can be downloaded from the VT Accounts download page.

Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax delayed until April 2026

From 6 April 2026 taxpayers who file Income Tax Self-Assessment returns for business or property income over 50,000 annually will be required to report income and expenditure digitally to HMRC using MTD (Making Tax Digital) for Income Tax compliant software.

The 50,000 threshold will reduce to 30,000 from 6 April 2027.

HMRC have not yet announced when MTD for Income Tax will be required for businesses with income under 30,000, and partnerships.

MTD for Income Tax will require summaries of income and expenditure to be submitted digitally to HMRC every quarter. A final declaration is also required at the end of the tax accounting year to confirm income and expenditure for the year, declare any personal income and make any adjustments and claims for reliefs. This will replace the self-assessment tax return.

VT Software will implement functionality to submit quarterly income and expenditure data to HMRC, as part of the MTD for income tax requirement.

For more details on MTD for Income Tax see the gov.uk website.


2022

Important update required for Companies House submissions

The 2018 taxonomy will be retired from Sunday 31 July 2022. From this date, Companies House will reject submissions that use this version.

To ensure you are not using an out of date taxonomy, users should install the latest version of VT Final Accounts.


2021

Versions of VT Transaction+ before April 2021 should not be used for MTD VAT returns

This is because in versions from April 2021 onwards, technical changes have been made to the data that helps enable HMRC detect fraudulent submissions and re-claims. It is a legal requirement to send this data (known as the anti-fraud headers) in the correct format.

If you are using an older version of VT Transaction+ and wish to submit VAT returns by MTD, please install the latest version from the following links:

Domestic reverse charge VAT for construction services

The domestic reverse charge is effective from 1 March 2021. VT Transaction+ is able to account for domestic reverse charge VAT (April 2020 version or later).

For instructions on how to account for domestic reverse charge transactions in VT Transaction+, please see Domestic reverse charge for construction services.

UK VAT after leaving the European Union

Please see UK VAT after leaving the European Union to find out how changes in UK VAT on EU sales and purchases from 1 January 2021 can be accounted for in VT Transaction+.