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 pay your VAT in a Making Tax Digital compliant way directly to HMRC.

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).

VAT returns software benefits include

  • Easily calculate & file VAT.
  • Comply with Making Tax Digital.

File VAT returns step-by-step guide

Step 1 of 5

  • Select Taxes from the left menu.
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Step 2 of 5

  • In the Open Return click "submit return".
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Step 3 of 5

  • Review the 9 boxes that make up your VAT return and click Submit to HMRC.
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Step 4 of 5

  • Declare the information is True and complete and click Submit to HMRC.
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Step 5 of 5

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