CLA statement on Making Tax Digital

26 April 2017

The Government has decided to drop its Making Tax Digital plan from the Finance Bill.

CLA President Ross Murray said: “The CLA has consistently said that the Government’s Making Tax Digital proposals were being rushed through without proper consideration for how they would work in practice which would cause significant disruption and costs to rural businesses across the countryside.

“While the delay in implementing the proposals is welcome, particularly to the self-employed, it is likely to be temporary. We now need urgent clarity on the timescales for implementing these sweeping changes and confirmation that the implementation dates due to start next year will in fact be delayed. It is vitally important that rural businesses are not left in limbo and unable to plan ahead. We will be seeking clarity from the new government as soon as it is elected.”