HMRC Making Tax Digital – VAT Deadline Looms

HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding businesses that from Tuesday 1 November they will no longer be able to use their existing Value Added Tax (VAT) online account to submit VAT returns. By law, all VAT-registered businesses must now sign up to Making Tax Digital (MTD) and use compatible software to keep their VAT records and file their returns.

MTD’s aim is to help businesses get their tax right first time by reducing errors, making it easier for them to manage their tax affairs by going digital, and consequently helping them to grow. More than 1.8 million businesses are already using the service, and more than 19 million returns have been successfully submitted through MTD-compatible software so far.

In less than one month, businesses which file their VAT returns on a quarterly and monthly basis will no longer be able to submit them using their existing VAT online account, unless HMRC has agreed they are exempt from MTD. If businesses do not file their VAT returns through MTD-compatible software, they are likely to have to pay a penalty. Even if a business currently keeps digital records, they must check their software is MTD compatible and sign up for MTD before filing their next return.

For more information on how to sign up, including a list of MTD-compatible software, visit GOV.UK.