4. Deadlines

Check your VAT Return and payment deadlines and sign up for email reminders in your VAT online account.

Your VAT online account tells you:

  • when your VAT Returns are due
  • when the payment must clear HM Revenue and Customs’ (HMRC) account

The deadline for submitting the return online and paying HMRC are usually the same - 1 calendar month and 7 days after the end of an accounting period. You need to allow time for the payment to reach HMRC’s account.

Exceptions

The deadlines are different if, for example, you use the VAT Annual Accounting Scheme.

Pay your VAT bill

You must pay VAT to HMRC electronically, eg through direct debit or internet banking. Most businesses aren’t allowed to pay by cheque.

Contact HMRC if you can’t pay your VAT bill.

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