Filling out taxation forms and filing for returns is a time-consuming process, it can sap all our energy and disrupt our schedules but change is happening and tax authorities around the world are shifting from traditional filing methods to all integrated digital platforms often integrating with third party software’s to capture the masses and make it easy for clients and advisors to partake in the digital tax revolution.
What is digital taxation?
Digital taxation is set to revolutionise the way businesses file for their taxes. No longer would business owners need to fill out self-assessment forms and prepare their taxes when software can handle all that for them. Digital taxation is the process of using compatible cloud accounting software to file taxes.
Cloud accounting platforms can also help with the day-to-day functionality of your business. They can help you track transactions, keep accounting records and prepare invoices. They can even help you avoid legal penalties by archiving and managing your records.
Making Tax Digital (MTD) in United Kingdom (UK)
When it comes to digital taxation, the UK is the undisputed frontrunner. UK Government’s non-ministerial tax collection wing, also known as Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HRMC), is collaborating with accounting software developers to digitise the tax administration system by 2020 through its MTD campaign. The campaign aims to make tax collection simpler and error-free.
MTD replaces manual processes such as form filling and paperwork with accounting software. It also reduces the HRMC’s overhead expense. It saves both time and money by standardising the tax process through technology.
MTD requires VAT-registered businesses to maintain their records digitally. It is also compulsory for businesses to use the MTD software to file their returns before April 1, 2019.
UAE taxation system
Digital tax seems convenient and hassle-free so when will it be launched in UAE? The UAE government is also making attempts to digitise taxation procedures. Take, for instance, the digital stamps the Federal Tax Authority (FTA) introduced for tobacco products.
Yet, the progress remains slow and steady. Right now though, the UAE government only has an e-portal for taxation. Users can visit the portal to fill out their required information. The process remains manual since the portal is not synced with accounting software.
We can’t wait for when the UAE government introduces this system and simplifies the tax system.
How can digital platforms help with taxation?
Innovative digital platforms are sprouting up to assist people with their tax claims and planning. Platforms like the UK-based RD Vault can sync with accounting software to generate invoices, update books, prepare tax credit claims and track their progress. One such solution is Xero, a Cloud Accounting Software solution used by Profits Plus Accountants in Dubai, UAE.
Xero is an all-in-one solution, it can be used to prepare reports and maintain taxation records. This enables you to use one platform instead of a cluster of applications to deal with your accounting and taxation needs.
If you are interested in knowing how a cloud accounting platform such a Xero, can help your business then feel free to get in touch with Mubashir Malik, Partner at Profits Plus Accountants in Dubai, UAE. Contact Mubashir by email on [email protected].ae or call on +97143180265.