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Making Tax Digital for VAT as a business: step by step

Follow these steps if you’re a business or sole trader and you need to follow the rules for Making Tax Digital for VAT.

Check if you have to join

Check if and when you have to follow the rules for Making Tax Digital for VAT.

Get the right software

Find compatible software.

Before you sign up, you must have software that:

  • lets you submit VAT Returns
  • is compatible with Making Tax Digital for VAT

Sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT

Sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT at least one week before your VAT Return is due.

You’ll receive an email within 72 hours to confirm that you can submit returns using software that’s compatible with Making Tax Digital for VAT.

After you’ve signed up, you cannot use VAT online services to send VAT Returns.

Authorise your software

Before you can send VAT returns, you’ll need to authorise your software.

Ask your software supplier if you do not know how.

Published 26 February 2019
Last updated 25 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. You need to sign up for Making Tax Digital at least one week before your VAT Return is due.
  2. First published.