You’ll usually need to pay your VAT bill by the deadline shown on your VAT return.
There are different deadlines if you use:
Ways to pay
Make sure your payment will reach HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) bank account by the deadline. You may have to pay a surcharge if you don’t pay on time.
You can use the VAT payment deadline calculator to work out how much time to allow.
Same or next day
3 working days
- Direct Debit
- standing order (only for businesses using the Annual Accounting Scheme or Payments on Account)
- online by debit or credit card
- at your bank or building society
If the deadline falls on a weekend or bank holiday, your payment must arrive in HMRC’s bank account on the last working day before it (unless you pay by Faster Payments.)