How to submit your return

You must submit your return online unless:

  • your business is subject to an insolvency procedure - if you have a Company Voluntary Arrangement or an Individual Voluntary Arrangement you can submit your return online if you want to
  • you object to using computers on religious grounds
  • you cannot because of your age, a disability or because of where you live, for example you do not have internet access

Contact HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to find out how to submit your return, for example paper filing, if you cannot submit online.

Submit your VAT Return online

You need a VAT number and a VAT online account. You can then submit your VAT Return using HMRC’s free online service or commercial accounting software.

You cannot use your online account to send your VAT Return if you’ve signed up for ‘Making Tax Digital for VAT’. Use compatible accounting software instead.

Getting online

If you need:

HMRC’s free online service

Sign in to your VAT online account and complete your VAT Return.

Using accounting software

Most accounting software lets you submit your VAT Return to HMRC directly. This means you will not have to enter your figures separately in HMRC’s online service.

HMRC has a list of software you can use to submit your VAT Return.

Keep any reference number you receive as proof you’ve sent your return.

Using accountants or agents

You’ll need to authorise them before they can submit your VAT Return. You can do this through your VAT online account.

Find an accountant or a solicitor to help you with your VAT return or tax.

Get help

You can get help with your VAT return or if you do not understand something about your tax.

Help with online services

Contact the VAT Online Services Helpdesk if you need any help using VAT online services.