Guidance

Sign up as an individual for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax

Use the online service to sign your own business up for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax and find out what you'll need to do next.

Making Tax Digital for Income Tax is a new way of reporting earnings to HMRC. You’ll use software to keep digital records and send Income Tax updates instead of filing a Self Assessment tax return.

If you’re an agent, there’s a different way to sign up your client for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax.

If you use an agent, they can sign you up to Making Tax Digital for Income Tax. Ask them to send you an authorisation request link.

Before you start

You must have software that’s compatible with Making Tax Digital for Income Tax before you sign up.

What you’ll need

You’ll need your:

  • business name
  • business start date or the date you started collecting property income
  • email address
  • National Insurance number
  • accounting period
  • accounting type such as cash or standard accounting

To sign up, you must also be registered to file Self Assessment tax returns. You’ll need the Government Gateway user ID and password you use to file returns.

If you do not have a user ID, you can create one when you sign up.

Sign up

You can only sign up through a recognised provider offering software that is compatible with Making Tax Digital for Income Tax.

If you already have software, you must contact your provider about signing up. If you do not have software yet, choose from the list of recognised software available now and contact your chosen provider about the sign up process .

After you’ve signed up

You’ll need to keep digital records of all your business income and expenses and:

You’ll still need to send HMRC a Self Assessment tax return for the tax year before you signed up for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax.

Get help

Help and support for Making Tax Digital.

Contact your software supplier if you need help creating business records or sending updates.

If you have another query about Making Tax Digital for Income Tax, contact HMRC.

Published 10 February 2020
Last updated 20 December 2021 + show all updates
  1. Information on what you'll need and before you sign up for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax has been updated.

  2. Updated information on what to do after you've signed up.

  3. Added translation

  4. Information has been added to let you know that if you use an agent they can send you an authorisation request link.

  5. Register for a webinar on 29 July for information on the Making Tax Digital for Income Tax pilot.

  6. Welsh translation has been added.

  7. First published.