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VAT: Electronic Government

Question for Treasury

UIN HL11159, tabled on 31 October 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they conducted an equality impact assessment on the decision to apply Making Tax Digital to small businesses paying VAT using the VAT Flat-Rate Scheme; and if so, whether they will publish that assessment.

Answered on

14 November 2018

The latest published statistics show that in the last year for which figures are available (2016-17), there were 358,270 businesses operating the VAT Flat Rate Scheme (FRS).

There is no separate impact assessment relating to businesses participating in the FRS. An overall Impact Assessment was published on 1 December 2017.

MTD is intended to help businesses meet their tax obligations as simply as possible, regardless of whether they operate standard or specialist schemes. While HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) cannot recommend specific software products, they have published details of compatible software on GOV.uk.

This will be updated regularly as more MTD software products become available. HMRC has also published guidance within its recent VAT Notice 7/22 on GOV.UK on how to account for the FRS on software that does not have it as a feature.

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