Sign up your business (or your clients) for Making Tax Digital for VAT to submit VAT Returns digitally.
From April 2019, most VAT registered businesses with a taxable turnover above £85,000 must keep digital VAT records and use software compatible with Making Tax Digital to submit their VAT Returns.
You will not be able to submit your VAT Return if you do not have compatible software when you sign up.
Before you start
Before you sign up, make sure you’ve followed the steps for:
Businesses that pay VAT by Direct Debit cannot sign up in the 15 working days leading up to, or the 5 working days after sending a VAT Return.
What you’ll need
- your Government Gateway user ID and password
- the VAT number of the business that’s signing up
Sign up your business
Sign up your clients if you’re an agent
If you’re an agent, use the Government Gateway user ID you got when you registered for an agent services account.
Online services may be slow during busy times. Check if there are any problems with this service.
What happens next
HMRC will send you a confirmation email within 72 hours of signing up.
Do not submit a VAT Return until you receive the confirmation email. You must send your VAT Return using compatible software.
You can still view your next VAT Return deadline in your Business Tax Account.
If you need help signing up, you can: