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Making Tax Digital (MTD) update for the UK

Exact has now finished the development of the new MTD API and is now in the process of finalizing dates with the HMRC for the required certification.  In the meantime, we hope to soon be shown on the development list issued by the HMRC.

It should be noted that as part of the new API the HMRC has introduced a ‘Fraud Prevention’ element to the header file.  Please be aware that this means that some user sensitive information must be sent across to the HMRC by law. The following has been issued by the HMRC “In order to ensure the legal position in relation to providing this information is clear for all concerned, secondary legislation has been laid in parliament which comes into force on the 19th March 2019. The legislation can be found here http://www.legislation.gov.uk/uksi/2019/360/made. The effect of the secondary legislation will be to explicitly require developers to collect and supply fraud header metadata. The developer will be the data controller of that data by virtue of Section 6 of the Data Protection Act 2018, which supplements the definition of "controller" found in Article 4(7) of the GDPR and provides that the person who is obliged to process data under a statutory obligation is the controller. This provision replicates what was section 1(4) of the Data Protection Act 1998.”

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