15 May 2023The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) has written to HMRC regarding how Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment (MTD for ITSA) can be molded to better suit the needs of small property businesses and the self-employed. On 19 December 2022, HMRC announced the deferral of MTD for ITSA's start date and an informal review into the initiative. The ICAEW has written to HMRC to outline key points that it believes should be considered before the implementation of MTD for ITSA. These include rethinking the 'disproportionate' administrative burden associated with quarterly updates; decoupling the requirements to maintain digital records and to submit details of income from self-employment and property directly from software; and refocusing the MTD for ITSA initiative on digital record keeping and filing from software. HMRC intends to make its final recommendations on MTD for ITSA to the Financial Secretary to the Treasury in June 2023.