untied makes the first Making Tax Digital for Income Tax submission using Open Banking Data

February 15, 2021

UPDATE: On 23rd September 2021, the government announced a revised timeline for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment, giving more time for businesses before mandatory adoption begins in April 2024. You can see untied's response to the announcement here. The dates quoted in the press release below were correct at the time of original publication.

15 February 2021

First end-to-end service recognised by HMRC

untied launches Making Tax Digital early adopter programme

untied, the UK’s personal tax app, today announced that one of its users has successfully made the UK’s first Making Tax Digital (MTD) for Income Tax submission powered by Open Banking data.

Making Tax Digital for Income Tax (also known as Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self-Assessment or MTD ITSA) is the biggest tax change in a generation. It is a key element of the government’s vision for modernising the UK tax system and means that from April 2023, millions of businesses, self-employed people, property landlords and taxpayers -who would normally file a self-assessment tax return once a year – will be required to keep records digitally and send summaries of their income and expenditure to HMRC four times a year, in addition to an annual declaration.

To do this, they will need approved and compatible software that meets the new digital record keeping requirements. untied is the first end to end app recognised by HMRC for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax. It is supporting HMRC’s testing and deployment over the next two years ahead of full and mandated adoption from April 2023.

Most VAT-registered businesses have been following the rules for Making Tax Digital since 2019. From April 2023, the Making Tax Digital rules will be extended and mandatory for millions of personal business owners and landlords with annual business income over £10,000.

untied was designed with open banking and Making Tax Digital in mind from the very start. It is the only tax app that automates your taxes directly from your bank transactions to your tax return. It enables users to keep digital records and provides real-time tax and national insurance calculations, with in-built optimisation. untied users who move onto the new Making Tax Digital service will also find it a natural extension of untied’s existing capability and that it will be easy to transition to the new rules.

Making Tax Digital early adopter programme

untied has also launched an early adopter programme, which is available at untied.io/MTD. Those participating in the programme will enjoy close untied and HMRC support as they start using Making Tax Digital. The programme will be a chance to understand the implications of Making Tax Digital, and to provide feedback to untied and HMRC on the experience. Those taking part will benefit from existing untied functionality including streamlined tagging and tax optimisation.

Kevin Sefton, CEO at untied, commented: “This is another milestone for untied. Making Tax Digital is a completely new way of doing taxes. The combination of Making Tax Digital, Open Banking and untied’s technology will bring taxpayers simplicity, ease and confidence.

“untied is pioneering giving people more control and understanding of their taxes and we are proud to the first end to end app recognised as compatible by HMRC for Making Tax Digital. HMRC has challenged the market to use Making Tax Digital to create better products for taxpayers – and untied is pleased to be leading the way in rising to that challenge, showing leadership in this area and using our unrivalled knowledge of fintech and tax to help embed this seismic change for taxpayers.”


About untied: untied is the UK’s personal tax app. It’s built for people, not accountants and is designed especially to help sole traders to get on top of their taxes. untied is the only end to end app that enables users to link their bank accounts, makes tax sense of their transactions and files directly to HMRC. untied launched untied lite in April, the first tax product designed specifically for gig/platform workers. untied’s partners include Revolut, Deliveroo, Stuart and Deloitte. untied is regulated by the FCA, supervised by the Chartered Institute of Taxation and recognised by HMRC. An untied user submitted the UK’s first-ever fully mobile tax return in January 2019. Find out more about untied.

For further information: Chantal Heckford pr@untied.io