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Electronic VAT to be Mandatory in UK via Making Tax Digital (MTD)


UK advances toward own e-VAT model called Making Tax Digital (MTD). Following the path of other countries like Spain, Hungary, and Lithuania, the UK is taking a step further towards business and fiscal digital transformation.

As of April 1st, 2019, VAT-registered businesses above the threshold of £85k must archive their VAT books in a digital format and send them to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) via API electronically and without any manual intervention. This report must be filed to the HMRC every quarter. However, businesses can send their VAT reports more often as a way of having a better accounting control.

The goal is to have better control on tax evasion and fraud and reduce the errors made in manually processed documents.

What do I need to connect with the MTD model?

  • Automatic VAT book generation in structured format. The file must contain the nine fields currently reported to HMRC via other channels.
  • HMRC communication: Connection with the British tax office will be over the WebServices protocol via API.
  • VAT book electronic archiving.

EDICOM offers a service that makes it possible to transform necessary data into the format required by HMRC, securely connect to it, automatically file a VAT report, and finally store documents electronically with all the data needed. The EDICOM solution will receive and process notifications received from HMRC and archive them along with the reports.

What information has to be digitally archived?

Businesses must electronically archive the following information for six years:

  • Company name
  • Company address
  • VAT registration number
  • VAT accounting flowcharts
  • VAT calculations
  • Applied adjustments

The information to archive for product sales and purchases will be:

  • Supply date
  • Net value
  • VAT
  • VAT adjustments or corrections
  • Total VAT
  • Gross daily takings

Tax compliance digitization on a global scale

EDICOM has developed a comprehensive solution designed especially for multinationals. It is a B2B2G electronic communications platform with EDI, compliant e-Invoicing, and VAT compliance capacity at the global level.

The great challenge for global companies is to meet local tax compliance. When it is necessary to have multiple technology solutions, one for each country, efforts are doubled and actions become inefficient. This makes it hard to harness the potential of automation.

The EDICOM eVAT platform simplifies communication processes with tax authorities across multinational settings. It is the solution for companies that operate on different markets with centralized management systems that must be able to handle and send tax documents in accordance with the laws in force in each country.

In addition, EDICOM is a Trust Service Provider under the eIDAS Regulation, ensuring signing service security and reliability and, thanks to preservation of qualified electronic seal certification, also provides long-term electronic archiving capable of maintaining document integrity and providing documents with probative value.

Global VAT Compliance White Paper: how to file your e-VAT return

The Global VAT Compliance analysis expert document (available in English and Spanish) is a tool targeted at companies that operate across various countries or which intend to do so. It has information on the way the VAT indirect tax works, how it is regulated, and the implications involved for companies and tax authorities.

The Global VAT Compliance guide also sets out the e-VAT filing process in Latin America. Authorities in this part of the world have opted for a model that is different to the European one, where e-reporting is linked to electronic invoicing, compulsory for the vast majority of businesses.

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