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MTD VAT Submission Checklist | Small Businesses

Prepare your MTD VAT submission

  • Sign up for MTD directly with HMRC.
  • If you pay HMRC by direct debit then you must 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 you sign up.
  • If you do not pay by direct debit you must sign up at least 72 hours before your return is due.
  • You must wait for confirmation from HMRC after you sign up to MTD. Do not attempt to authorise QuickBooks Online or submit a VAT return without the email confirmation from HMRC.
  • If you haven't received the email from HMRC please check your spam folder and look for emails from If you have not had a response and it has been more than 72 hours since you signed up please contact HMRC.
  • Learn more after signing up here on the HMRC website.

Complete your MTD VAT submission

  • Sign in to your QuickBooks Online company.
  • Confirm that the VAT number is correct and valid. Do not use any letters, spaces, or special characters.
  • Confirm that the start of the current VAT return is correct.
  • Confirm that you have the right filing frequency. It should be monthly, quarterly, or annual.
  • Before you can submit any VAT returns you must authorise QuickBooks to interact with HMRC

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