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When should I prepare for Making Tax Digital for VAT?

For most VAT registered businesses, Making Tax Digital (MTD) for VAT becomes mandatory on 1 April 2019. Affected businesses must submit their VAT Returns under MTD from their first full VAT period after this date.

Find out when your first submission date is.

If your VAT periods are normally Your first mandatory MTD VAT period is
Jan – Mar / Apr – June / July – Sept / Oct – Dec Apr – June 2019
Feb – Apr / May – July / Aug – Oct / Nov – Jan May – July 2019
Mar – May / June – Aug / Sept – Nov / Dec – Feb June – Aug 2019

HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) have announced that for a small number of businesses with more complex requirements, mandatory MTD has been deferred until 1 October 2019. For more details you can view the HMRC MTD timetable.

If your business is affected we recommend that you start preparing as soon as possible, to ensure a smooth transition to the new system. All businesses who are not in the deferred MTD group can now sign up with HMRC for MTD, as can businesses who submit group VAT Returns. To ensure a smooth transition to MTD, before you sign up take a look at our preparation checklist.

You should continue to submit your VAT Returns to HMRC in the normal way until you’ve switched over to MTD.

Find out more about MTD

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