Reminder that VAT returns are to go online

By way of a reminder, H M Revenue & Customs is drawing to everyone’s attention that as of April this year, VAT-registered businesses in the UK will have to submit their VAT returns online, and pay electronically, for periods starting on or after 1 April 2012.

Previously, only newly-registered businesses and those with turnovers of more than £100,000 had to submit their VAT online, as well as pay electronically. Anyone else could send HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) a paper VAT return, but this will no longer be an option.

In order to submit their VAT returns online, businesses will need to register and enrol for HMRC’s VAT Online Service and any that have not done so already will need to take action now.

Businesses can register by visiting, clicking “Register” under the “New user” section and following the instructions. Help and advice is available from HMRC’s website at or the VAT Online Helpdesk on 0845 010 8500 (available between 8am and 6pm, Monday to Friday).

Businesses who do not have access to the Internet, or who do not possess the necessary skills, are expected to use local resources such as libraries and to obtain such training as is required.


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