How Do I Submit My VAT Returns?

How Do I Submit My VAT Returns

After registering for VAT you may well be asking “How do I submit my VAT returns?”.

Submitting them accurately and on time is crucial to staying compliant with HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) regulations. In this guide, we’ll explain the steps necessary.

How do I submit my VAT returns?

Firstly, it’s essential to understand your VAT return period. This typically depends on the size and turnover of your business. Most businesses submit VAT returns quarterly, but some may do so monthly or annually. You can check your VAT return period in your HMRC online account or by consulting with your accountant.

Once you’ve determined your VAT return period, gather all the necessary information for the specified timeframe. This includes records of your sales, purchases, and VAT payments. Ensure that your records are accurate and up-to-date to avoid any discrepancies in your VAT return.


Next, you’ll need to use compatible accounting software to prepare your VAT return. Most businesses use accounting software like Xero, QuickBooks, or Sage to streamline this process. These platforms often have built-in features that allow you to calculate your VAT liability automatically.

After calculating your VAT liability, it’s time to submit your VAT return to HMRC. You can do this using your MTD enabled software. Alternatively, you can authorise your accountant to submit the VAT return on your behalf.


When submitting your VAT return, double-check all the information to ensure accuracy. Any mistakes or discrepancies could result in penalties or fines from HMRC. If you’re uncertain about any aspect of your VAT return, don’t hesitate to seek advice from your accountant or a tax professional.

Once you’ve submitted your VAT return, HMRC will acknowledge receipt and provide confirmation of the submission. It’s crucial to keep a record of this confirmation for your records.

Remember that submitting your VAT returns accurately and on time is not only a legal requirement but also essential for the financial health of your business. Failure to comply with HMRC regulations can result in penalties and may harm your business reputation.

So, how do I submit my VAT returns?

Submitting your VAT returns doesn’t have to be daunting. By understanding your VAT return period, maintaining accurate records, using compatible accounting software, and double-checking your submission, you can navigate the process smoothly. If you ever feel overwhelmed or uncertain, don’t hesitate to reach out to your accountant for guidance. Stay compliant, stay informed, and keep your business on the path to success.

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