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Sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT

 

Sign up your own business (or your client's) for Making Tax Digital for VAT after you've got the right software.

  1. When to sign up
  2. Sign up your client’s business if you’re an agent
  3. Sign up your own business
  4. After you sign up
  5. Get help

Most VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above £85,000 need to sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT.

When to sign up

If you (or your client) do not pay VAT by Direct Debit, sign up at least 72 hours before your return is due.

If you pay by Direct Debit, sign up at least 7 working days before or 5 working days after your return is due.

Make sure your last Direct Debit has come out of your bank account before signing up.

Sign up your client’s business if you’re an agent

What you’ll need

If you’re an agent signing up a client, you’ll need:

Sign up your client’s business

Sign up your client’s business.

Online services may be slow during busy times. Check if there are any problems with this service.

Sign up your own business

What you’ll need

You’ll need:

Sign up your own business

Sign up your own business.

Online services may be slow during busy times. Check if there are any problems with this service.

After you sign up

HMRC will send you a confirmation email within 72 hours of signing up. The email will come from noreply@tax.service.gov.uk and will not ask you for any financial information. If you do not receive it, check your spam folder.

Do not submit a VAT Return until you receive the confirmation email.

The deadlines and frequency of your VAT Returns and payments will not change.

Managing your VAT account

You can still use your VAT online account to:

  • view deadlines
  • manage payments
  • print your VAT certificate

If you’re an agent, the way you manage your client’s VAT account is different.

Paying by Direct Debit

If you usually pay VAT by Direct Debit, you do not need to set up a new one. HMRC will transfer your Direct Debit to the new system.

You’ll get an email and a message in your VAT online account at least 3 days before HMRC takes the payment from your account. If you’ve made any other payments to your VAT bill, your Direct Debit will be reduced.

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 By HMRC