Guidance

Agents: use software to send Income Tax updates

You or your clients can use software to send Income Tax updates as part of HMRC’s Making Tax Digital pilot.

As part of the Making Tax Digital pilot you may be able to send Income Tax updates to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on behalf of your clients using software, instead of filing a Self Assessment tax return.

First you’ll need to:

Sign up to use software to send Income Tax updates

You’ll then be able to sign clients up to take part in the Making Tax Digital pilot and use dedicated software to send Income Tax updates to HMRC on their behalf.

You can sign clients up to the pilot if they’re a sole trader with income from one business and their current accounting period ends after 5 April 2018.

Get software or connect existing software to the service

Contact your software supplier to check if your existing accounting software will allow you to send updates to HMRC throughout the year.

If it isn’t compatible or you don’t currently use any, other software is available.

If you need help

Check with your supplier if you need help using the software, for example with uploading business records, or sending updates to HMRC.

If you have any other queries about the Making Tax Digital pilot for Income Tax contact HMRC.

Published 15 March 2018