How to file an online VAT return | HMRC Making Tax Digital

How to submit a VAT Return for HMRC's Making Tax Digital

Learn how to file your VAT in a MTD compliant way directly to HMRC with this VAT return tutorial.

Before you start:
You will need to have turned on MTD in QuickBooks (if MTD is turned on you'll see the MTD logo and green tick in the VAT Centre).

How to set up VAT

VAT return software benefits include

The regulations that surround the filing of HMRC vat returns can be complex, and each individual case has its own stipulations. That’s why it helps to know how to file a VAT return and navigate these obstacles.

Using software to help you file your VAT software can have massive benefits, allowing you to:

  • Easily calculate & file VAT.
  • Comply with MTD.
  • Improve cost and time efficiency.
  • Have all of your documentation in one place.

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  • Select Taxes from the left menu
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  • In the Open Return click "submit return".
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  • Review the 9 boxes that make up your VAT return and click Submit to HMRC.
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Declare the information is true and complete and click Submit to HMRC.

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  • Review confirmation page, take note of receipt number and click DONE.
  • We’ll also send you an email confirmation.
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About Making Tax Digital

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Set up MTD in QuickBooks

Before you submit a VAT Return for MTD, you need to set up MTD in QuickBooks.

File VAT using spreadsheets with Bridging Software

On a complex VAT scheme or need to file quickly? You can submit VAT for MTD using spreadhseets. Start using other QuickBooks features when you're ready.

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