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Claiming vat on items bought before VAT rgistration

Hi there,

How do you claim VAT on items bought prior to VAT registration?

It states on HMRC website that you can claim up to 4 years worth but I don't know how I go about this on Quickbooks. Can anyone advise me on this matter please?

Many thanks, Brad.

QuickBooks Team

Re: Claiming vat on items bought before VAT rgistration

Greetings, DNA Carpentry.


I can see this is your first question here in the Community, so let me take the time to welcome you to the Quickbooks Family. Let me provide some insights on how to claim VAT for your items.

If you already entered the products in QuickBooks, you'll have to manually copy the data from the VAT return and enter them through the MTD Bridging Tool. Here's how:


  1. Go to Taxes on the left panel, then choose VAT.
  2. In the Returns section, select the return you’re working on.
  3. Click on Submit return under the Action column.
  4. In the Prepare VAT return page, select the correct Accounting period.
  5. For the Start date, enter the period when you want to claim the tax.
  6. In the End date field, enter the current tax filing period.


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However, if you haven't recorded them, follow the steps in this article: How to enter historical information. Once done, enable the MTD feature in QuickBooks so you can submit the return through that option.


Here's how:


  1. Go to Taxes on the left panel, then click on Let's go.
  2. Click on the Gear icon at the top, and choose Account and Settings panel.
  3. Click on the Pencil icon for Making Tax Digital, then choose Learn how to connect.
  4. On the Get started with digital tax page, click on Let's go.

Then, let’s go ahead and authorise QuickBooks to interact with the HMRC. To visually guide through the process, click on this link and proceed to Step 2.

After completing this process, you can now submit the VAT return.


Those resources should get you on the right path.


If you have additional questions about the process, leave me a comment. I'll be right here to assist further. Wishing you the best.