Check your reports to make sure your figures are correct. Click on the drop-down arrow next to Prepare/Submit return to view the following reports:
If you need to make corrections to your sales or purchase VAT, see Adjust your VAT liability.
From April 2019, all eligible UK VAT-registered businesses will have to keep their financial records in a digital form and submit their VAT returns using approved software. Find out whether you are eligible here.
This article is for small businesses who are not yet eligible for Making Tax Digital (MTD).
If you have signed up for MTD, go to Submit a VAT return to HMRC - MTD for small businesses.
If you are on the Flat Rate Scheme or submit your VAT annually and have not signed up for MTD, you will need to file through the HMRC Gateway. Once you have filed through the gateway, go to Mark your VAT as filed in QuickBooks to close the period.
Submit your VAT return directly to HMRC from Quickbooks.
To review the VAT return after it has been submitted to HMRC, click on the drop-down arrow against the return to view your reports. You will now see Approved by HMRC in the top left hand corner.
Note: when you submit your VAT return to HMRC, QuickBooks Online creates a journal moving the amount of VAT due from the VAT Control account to the VAT Suspense.
If your submission is unsuccessful, it may be for one of the following reasons:
If these reasons do not apply to you, please contact support.
Once you have found which reason caused HMRC to reject your VAT return, you can resubmit it.
To do this, click on Resubmit return against the period.
This will open up your return. Click on Resubmit to HMRC to go through the steps above again.
I have made a mistake and need to re-submit my VAT return. How do I un-file my VAT Return?
It is not possible to unfile a return which has been submitted to and approved by HMRC. QuickBooks follows the HMRC process that any adjustments that need to be made to a VAT return already submitted to HMRC, will typically require to be made in a subsequent VAT return.
For further clarification on this, we recommend contacting HMRC directly.
Will QuickBooks remember my HMRC Gateway User ID and Password?
Not currently. However, you are able to save your HMRC User ID and Password using your browser. Just click the prompt to 'remember my password’ and confirm with Save or Yes.
My User ID and password for my Government Gateway to HMRC are correct, but the connection is failing.
When typing your password, ensure you type all the letter in lower case.
If you are doing this, then your VAT registration number may be causing the issue. Click on Edit VAT, then Edit settings.
Make sure that there are no spaces between characters in your VAT registration number. If the number starts with GB, you will need to remove this as well.
If you do not have the option to Submit return, or you prefer to file your VAT directly with HMRC, follow these steps to close mark your return as filed and close the period.
Note: when you mark your VAT period as filed, QuickBooks Online creates a journal moving moving the amount of VAT due from the VAT Control account to the VAT Suspense.
You can now close the books to protect transactions entered in the quarter you just filed.
Once you have paid off the liability to HMRC, you can record a VAT payment or refund.