VAT-registered businesses with a taxable turnover above the VAT threshold are now required to use the Making Tax Digital service to keep records digitally and use software to submit their VAT returns for periods that started on or after 1 April 2019.
There is still time to keep and submit records digitally, start taking those final steps to ensure your business is compliant.
1. Get the right software
Before you sign up, you must have software that:
- lets you submit VAT Returns
- is compatible with Making Tax Digital for VAT
2. Sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT with HMRC
Businesses that pay VAT by Direct Debit cannot sign up in the 15 working days leading up to, or the 5 working days after sending a VAT Return.
- your Government Gateway user ID and password
- the VAT number of the business that is signing up
You’ll receive an email within 72 hours to confirm that you can submit returns using software that’s compatible with Making Tax Digital for VAT.
Do not submit a VAT Return until you receive the confirmation email.
You must send your VAT Return using compatible software.
You can still view your next VAT Return deadline in your Business Tax Account.
After you’ve signed up, you cannot use the old VAT online services to send VAT Returns.
3. Authorise your software
Before you can send VAT returns, you’ll need to authorise your software.
Ask your software supplier if you do not know how.