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MTD Software for VAT, recognised by HMRC

Be ready for MTD for VAT with QuickBooks

QuickBooks’ all-in-one, HMRC-recognised MTD software for VAT makes it easy to track your VAT and submit your returns.

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Beat the MTD deadline for VAT

In April 2021, HMRC are changing the way you can submit your VAT. If you’re not complying with Making Tax Digital, you’ll need to submit it manually, through your business tax account. Our advice? Avoid this inconvenience and the risk of mistakes. Get ready for Making Tax Digital now and submit your return directly to HMRC through MTD software from QuickBooks.

HMRC-recognised MTD software for VAT

QuickBooks is recognised by HMRC as Making Tax Digital software. With QuickBooks, you’ll have everything you need in one place for your next VAT return.

Switch to digital records

Making the switch to digital records is a breeze with automatic data imports from Excel, CSV files and other accounting software.

Automate your VAT

Forget the headache of calculating VAT percentages - QuickBooks’ all-in-one MTD for VAT software works out the amount of VAT you owe based on the latest VAT codes.

Avoid costly mistakes

Our VAT error checker spots common mistakes in your VAT calculations so you can submit your return to HMRC with confidence.

Save hours on your VAT return

QuickBooks’ MTD software tracks your VAT throughout the year so all your information is already uploaded when it comes to deadline day.

Submit directly to HMRC

QuickBooks’ MTD software connects directly to HMRC, allowing you to submit your VAT return without any manual data entry.

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Frequently asked questions

  • What is MTD?

    MTD is an abbreviation of Making Tax Digital. It’s a key part of HMRC’s mission to become one of the most digitally-advanced tax systems in the world. Making Tax Digital requires UK businesses to use MTD software to submit their tax returns.

    Initially, using MTD software is going to be obligatory for VAT returns only, but other types of tax - including Income Tax and Corporation Tax - will follow in the coming years.
  • Do I need to register for MTD for VAT?

    If you’re a VAT-registered business with a taxable turnover above £85,000, you’re probably already using MTD software to submit your VAT returns. If you’re a VAT-registered business with a taxable turnover below £85,000, you can now sign up to MTD voluntarily. However, from April 2022, all VAT-registered businesses - regardless of their taxable turnover - will need to use MTD software to submit their VAT returns. It makes sense to get up to speed as soon as possible.
  • How do I register with HMRC for MTD for VAT?

    You can sign up to MTD via the HMRC website. You must have MTD-compatible software like QuickBooks before you start the registration process. To register with HMRC for MTD, you need to have your Government Gateway user login details and information about your business (such as your VAT number) on hand.
  • Can I use Excel for MTD?

    No, you won’t be able to submit your returns with Excel under Making Tax Digital. If you are currently using Excel to keep track of VAT, we recommend moving over to HMRC-recognised MTD software or bridging software now to avoid problems later.
  • How do I submit my VAT return under MTD?

    When you use HMRC-recognised MTD software, submitting your VAT returns is very straightforward. First, you must enable MTD in QuickBooks and authorise QuickBooks to interact with HMRC. Then, you can submit your VAT return to HMRC through QuickBooks. The software will have automatically prepared your VAT return in the Taxes > VAT section, so all you have to do is check the figures (our VAT error checker can help with this) and click ‘Submit to HMRC’. Once the return has been submitted to HMRC, you will receive an email confirmation containing a receipt number along with the details of your VAT return.
  • How does MTD for VAT bridging software work?

    If you’re not ready to fully make the move to digital bookkeeping, you can use QuickBooks bridging software as an intermediary step. QuickBooks’ bridging solution is a CSV (Comma-Separated Values) import tool that imports the final values (the last nine boxes) of a VAT (Value-Added Tax) return from a CSV file into QuickBooks. From there it can be submitted to HMRC in a Making Tax Digital-compliant manner.
  • Is QuickBooks MTD for VAT compatible?

    Yes, QuickBooks is recognised by HMRC as MTD software. If you’re using QuickBooks Desktop, you need to switch to QuickBooks Online or make sure you’re using QuickBooks 2020, the latest desktop version.
  • Is QuickBooks Desktop MTD for VAT compliant?

    Yes, the latest version of QuickBooks Desktop - QuickBooks 2020 - is MTD-compliant. If you are already using QuickBooks Desktop, make sure you’re using the latest version so that you are compliant with Making Tax Digital rules.
  • How do I apply for MTD exemption?

    You can apply for MTD exemption if it’s not reasonable or practical for you to use computers, software or the internet - for example, because of your age, location, religion or a disability. HMRC will consider applications for exemption on a case-by-case basis. If you want to be exempt from Making Tax Digital, you can call or write to HMRC.