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How to set up VAT

An easy guide to setting up VAT so you can track transactions, estimate payments and manage cashflowand be ready for Making Tax Digital.

Before you start:
You will need your VAT registration no, filing frequency, VAT scheme and current filing period.

VAT software benefits include

  • Track VAT on all of your transactions making it simple to calculate what you owe.
  • Get reminders when tax is due. Never miss another payment.
  • File directly with our HMRC-recognised software and comply with Maxing Tax Digital.

Set up VAT step-by-step guide

Step 1 of 4

  • Select Taxes from the left menu.
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Step 2 of 4

  • Select Set Up Vat to activate VAT
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Step 3 of 4

  • Fill in the following fields
  • Add the start of the current VAT period
  • Add filing frequency
  • Choose the appropriate VAT accounting scheme
  • Add VAT registration number
  • Add other tax options if required
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Step 4 of 4

  • To view your VAT codes simply choose Taxes on the left-hand menu. Then click on the Edit VAT dropdown list, followed by Edit rates
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