Removal from the scheme: Defaulting on interim payments
Defaulting on an interim payment will not result in the issue of a default surcharge. Instead if a business fails to meet the requirements of the scheme, it will be removed from the Annual Accounting Scheme.
Businesses will be removed from the scheme under the following circumstances:
- Payment failures;
- Debt created by non-payment of the interim amounts is greater than 20% of the expected annual liability (unaffected by other debts);
- If they have received four reminder letters in relation to the last 6 interim payments - that is, over the last two accounting periods, they will be removed from the scheme at the year end; or
- If they fail to submit two consecutive annual VAT returns and balancing payment.
If a business makes a late payment but you are satisfied that it has a reasonable excuse for doing so, then the business should be allowed to remain on the scheme.