What's the cheapest software I can use for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax? What is the best value software that I can use?

This is a freeview 'At a glance' guide to software for Making Tax Digital (MTD) for income tax.

At a glance

  • This guide compares the pricing and capabilities of software that will enable you to keep digital records and send quaterly updates to HMRC to comply with Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax requirements. 
  • From April 2026, MTD for Income Tax will start to become mandatory for self-employed businesses and landlords, see Making Tax Digital: Index & timeline.
  • This change comes at quite a cost as it means that many business owners will need to start to do their own bookkeeping in real-time, as opposed to handing their accountant or bookkeeper a large bag of receipts at the end of each year. 
  • Returns have to be filed on a quarterly basis, providing HMRC with the relevant Update information.

As of 3 May 2024, seven companies are listed by HMRC as compatible for MTD for Income tax. There are a number of other companies listed as having software in development.

123 Sheets From £19.75 - bridging software.
Sage Packages start at £4+VAT pm per client for Accountants and £12+VAT pm for businesses.
QuickBooks Online (Intuit) Packages start at £7+VAT pm for Accountants and £10+VAT pm for businesses.
SE_reports Bridging only - free. 
self assessment direct Businesses only - not agents. Basic record-keeping version is free. 
Digita Personal Tax — Thomson Reuters Software for accounting practices.
APARI £144 per year (Including VAT) Digital record keeping 

It is optional for taxpayers to join the MTD pilot scheme: you can still use the software without taking part in the pilot.

Useful guides on this topic

Making Tax Digital: Index & timeline
When does Making Tax Digital (MTD) apply? What does Making Tax Digital really mean? How will it affect you? Does MTD mean quarterly reporting? Is my business exempted from Making Tax Digital?

Making Tax Digital for Income Tax: Data required by HMRC
What information do you need to submit under Making Tax Digital for Income Tax? What are the requirements for relevant persons under the VAT threshold? What are the categories of information required?

MTD: Toolkit for accountants
What is the current timetable for Making Tax Digital? How will it work? Which clients will be excluded? What planning needs to be undertaken?  

Making Tax Digital: Survival guide (for the self-employed & landlords)
This is a freeview factsheet for the many self-employed taxpayers, company owners and property landlords who are unaware of HM Revenue and Custom's radical plans to transform the tax online filing system. 

MTD: Income Tax Pilot Tool
Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax. Are you eligible to take part in the MTD Pilot?

Making Tax Digital: Pricing for Accountants
How much can you charge? How much should you charge?

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