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QuickBooks Desktop VAT e-filing & Making Tax Digital

What's happening?


From April 2019, businesses above the VAT threshold will be mandated to keep their records digitally and provide quarterly updates to HMRC. Changes have already begun, including the Government Gateway migrating to a new HMRC Multi Digital Tax Platform (MDTP).


With Making Tax Digital (MTD) set to land in 2019, the QuickBooks for Desktop team is working closely with accountants and small businesses to ensure the product is developed in line with the VAT requirements set by HMRC. QuickBooks is committed to delivering a fit for purpose, best in class experience for businesses that file tax digitally.


NOTE: HMRC has already implemented changes which have effected e-filing of VAT on some versions of QuickBooks for Desktop.

What does this mean for me?

  1. Customers who need a MTD compliant version will need an active subscription to be on the latest supported version (currently QuickBooks 2020) and install all new updates and upgrades as they become available.
  2. If you are on QuickBooks for desktop 2018 or 2019, you can continue to e-file VAT as usual. All supported versions have been updated to enable customers to e-file VAT in the usual way ahead of May 2019. If you wish to file via MTD, please ensure you are on QuickBooks 2020.
  3. If you are on an unsupported version (QuickBooks 2017 and below) you can no longer e-file VAT and you should upgrade to the latest version in order to continue to e-file VAT with HMRC.

What can I do next?

Please call us on 0808 168 9535 (support) or 0808 168 9533 (Sales) for upgrade pricing and to discuss your options. Please also see our 'move to QuickBooks Online' pages or 'upgrade desktop' page that also includes system requirements for QuickBooks 2020.


For further information on Making Tax Digital please see the HMRC policy paper called Overview of Making Tax Digital. You can also find information on the Making Tax Digital timetable from HMRC. If you would like further information on Making Tax Digital for desktop as it becomes available please sign up for updates, please also state if you would like to take part in development of Making Tax Digital in QuickBooks for desktop.
NOTE: For further information on unsupported products and policy please refer to the QuickBooks service discontinuation articles.

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