Guidance

Sign up for Making Tax Digital for VAT

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 can check when your business should sign up by.

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

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.

Service availability

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.

Get help

If you need help signing up, you can:

Published 8 February 2019
Last updated 8 March 2019 + show all updates
  1. The link for agents to sign up clients for Making Tax Digital for VAT has been updated.
  2. First published.